10 Best Sedans Under $25,000 (2016)

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10 Best Sedans Under $25,000 (2016)

If you haven’t spent time in a current-generation mainstream sedan lately, you’re in for a surprise. Still affordable, practical and efficient, today’s bread-and-butter sedans offer levels of comfort, quiet, style and technology equaling or exceeding what you’d find in some flagship luxury sedans not too many years ago. Here are the best of the best in midsize sedans, plus two exceptional, party-crashing compact sedans.

Even in its last model year before a significant freshening, the Ford Fusion maintains a spot on this annual list on the strength of its bold style and impressive powertrains.

Available in both sedan and hatchback configurations, the Mazda3 compact car has also appeared on our list of 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 for 12 years in a row. Nowadays, it’s as efficient and tech-savvy as it is stylish and fun to drive.

The Nissan Altima has never been more competitive with key rivals like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, and a thorough update for 2016 only strengthens its position.

Totally redesigned for 2016, the roomier and more stylish new Malibu is now a viable option for more midsize sedan shoppers.

One of just three midsize sedans to offer the added traction of all-wheel drive and the only one to include it as standard equipment, the Legacy also enjoys an attractive reputation for reliability and longevity.

Famous reliability, outstanding resale value and comfortable, easy operation continue to make Toyota’s midsize sedan the best-selling car in the country.

Totally redesigned for 2016, the new Honda Civic compact sedan took home our most prestigious award of the year, the Kelley Blue Book Overall Best Buy Award. From the outside to the inside to the driving dynamics to the mix of turbo power and 42-mpg highway fuel economy, the new Civic is one of the most thoroughly impressive new vehicles we’ve seen in years.

Hyundai’s midsize sedan continues to enhance its attractive mix of features, value and style with increasing levels of refinement and ever-improving resale values. And the class-leading 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranties provide added peace of mind.

Already a perennial standout and a regular entry on several of our annual 10 Best lists, the Accord has been further enhanced for 2016 with updated looks, new technology and more.

Totally redesigned for 2016, the Optima retains the same sense of style that put it on the map but adds features and refinement that move it to the top of this year’s list of best sedans under $25,000.

 

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