10 Best Sedans Under $25,000

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10 Best Sedans Under $25,000

The mainstream market has never been filled with a broader array of downright desirable options. Today’s best midsize sedans -- plus more and more compacts -- are growing positively luxury-like in comfort, design, safety and in-cabin technology. Here we’ve named a mix of the best sedans with starting sticker prices under $25,000.

Subaru’s all-wheel-drive compact car earns a spot on this year’s list thanks to a complete redesign for 2017. Intrepid as ever but now more refined, in our full review we noted, “The roomy interior offers rear seats even adults can like, the next-generation of EyeSight improves on Subaru's camera-based driver assist and safety technology, and Subaru's Starlink infotainment system now includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.”

Ford’s boldly styled midsize sedan was significantly enhanced for 2017 with subtle exterior updates, the next-gen Sync infotainment system and two all-new models. The top-tier Fusion Platinum is essentially a luxury sedan wearing a Ford oval, while the Fusion Sport boasts a twin-turbo V6 good for 325 horsepower.

The most affordable vehicle on this list is arguably the best-looking and most fun-to-drive, too. How’s that for a win-win-win? Mazda’s compact sedan (and hatchback) has appeared on our list of 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 every year for 13 years, and sits in the top spot on the most recent version of the list. 

As part of its well-received reinvention last year, Chevy turned the Mailbu into one of the midsize sedan segment’s tech-savviest entries. As detailed In our full review, the Malibu’s long list of tech features includes “available adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning, forward-collision alert, and rear cross-traffic alert. There's a 4G LTE-powered Wi-Fi hotspot to help you find your dinner spot, the available on-board navigation system can help you get there, and the Automatic Parking Assist can even help you park when you arrive.”

The best-selling nameplate in the history of the world, Toyota’s venerable compact sedan makes its way back onto this list on the strength of an impressive 2017 update that brings higher-quality interior materials and a handful of mild but effective exterior styling tweaks. And would you believe high-tech comfort and safety features like adaptive cruise control and automatic collision braking are included as standard equipment on every Corolla, even the sub-$20,000 base model? That’s impressive.

Even in its last year before a full redesign, the best-selling car in the country once again places in the top half of this annual list. Famously reliable, comfortable and just plain pleasant to drive, the Camry owes much of its success to its low overall ownership costs. In fact, it’s our 5-Year Cost to Own champion among all midsize sedans.

The highest-ranking compact car on this list is also this year’s Kelley Blue Book Overall Best Buy, just as it was last year. Last year’s redesign dramatically raised the bar for compact cars, combining power with fuel economy, roominess with fun-to-drive, and technology with ease of use. Drive a Civic and you just might rethink your need for a midsize car. 

Here’s how we summed up the 2017 Sonata in our full review: “If you're looking for a comfortable, refined, high-tech and affordable midsize 4-door, then the Hyundai Sonata should hit your sweet spot. Whether you want a low base price, fuel-sipping hybrid technology, or just a comfortable sedan that flirts with luxury levels of equipment, the Sonata has you covered.”

Still fresh from a full redesign for 2016, Kia’s midsize sedan leads with eye-catching style and backs it up with responsive driving manners, a smartly conceived and crafted interior, plus a full complement of cutting-edge tech.

It’s no surprise that our Midsize Sedan Best Buy of 2017 would also top our annual list of best sedans under $25,000. But what’s impressive is that both of these accolades would go to what is now one of the oldest models in the segment, with the current-gen Honda Accord having debuted for the 2013 model year. A thorough update for 2016 helped keep it on top, but only because the Accord has been so roomy, comfortable, refined and reliable from the start.

 

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