2016 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Mid-Size Car

2016 Toyota Camry

Best Mid-Size Car:
2016 Toyota Camry

Standing as a bedrock of quality, reliability and virtually guaranteed strong resale value, the Toyota Camry sedan makes its case with bestselling new-car pricing, and with unassailable power in the used-car market.

Significantly updated last year, the Camry's attractiveness to the American car buyer is not a riddle. When you've got a reputation that's as solid as Superman and your model offerings cover the span of your audience's needs so well -- a value-bred 4-cylinder engine or a well-turned-out V6 (both mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission), or a fuel-smart hybrid setup with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The Camry is a front-wheel-drive-only affair, but that's not a rarity in midsize sedans.

With a sticker price starting a nudge under $24,000 -- though you can easily trim a thousand or two off that as an informed shopper -- the 2016 Camry is really well equipped with safety features and in-car entertainment technology (including an easy-to-use Entune infotainment system with a touchscreen display).

Living with the Camry is easy, and driving it is part of that ease. As we say in our full review of the car, "Thanks to last year's revised suspension tuning, the 2016 Camry sedan for Toyota delivers a lively driving experience, yet still remains one of the quietest and most comfortable family sedans available."

If you've been spending your weekends (and Monday mornings online at the office) new-car shopping for a smart-looking, roomy, midsize 4-door sedan, and your priorities lean you toward spending minimally on it over the years, the Toyota Camry is our cost-to-own recommendation for 2016.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$35,681
as of December 31, 2015

2nd Place Finisher
2016 Honda Accord

2016 Honda Accord

One of the vehicles that invented consistent quality and reliability as required assets, and strong resale value as a benefit, the Honda Accord is a low-cost-to-own leader.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$35,863
as of December 31, 2015

3rd Place Finisher
2016 Subaru Legacy

2016 Subaru Legacy

Starting at a lower price than a new Camry or Accord, and owning the best resale value in its segment, the Subaru Legacy embodies all-wheel-drive value.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$36,053
as of December 31, 2015

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See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2015 | 2014 | 2013
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