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Best Used Cars Under $15, For

It&#;s possible to stroll down to a dealer today and drive home in a brand new base-model Chevrolet Spark for less than $15, It’s cheap and cheerful, and comes in cool colors like “Passion Fruit,” but it’s also a tiny machine with crank windows and no active safety features. But the same amount of cash can also buy you a vast array of used cars that are bigger, faster, flashier and come with more features. 

The effects of Covid on the automotive supply chain have caused used car prices to increase over the last year, but buying a used car is easier and less risky than ever before. Thanks to improvements in quality and technology, the average age of cars on U.S. roads is now years, according to data from IHS Markit. What’s more, $15, is a budget large enough to include some Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicles, which carry extended manufacturer or dealer-backed warranties.

Glancing at $15, used car listings yields everything from tail-finned DeSotos to Porsche parts cars, but the majority of buyers are interested in squeezing the most value out of their dollar for a daily driver. Using a combination of owner feedback, reliability ratings, average transaction prices and expertise from the Forbes Wheels staff, we compiled a list of 20 of the best used vehicles $15, will buy.    

To meet our criteria, cars had to be newer than the model year and commonly available nationwide for under $15, We prioritized newness, reliability scores, low costs of ownership and the likelihood of being able to find a vehicle with a meaningful warranty. Against these priorities we factored in available safety and convenience features, style and performance. There is some overlap with our list of the Best Used Cars for $10,; and vehicles on that list can often be found in better condition at this higher price point. We always recommend a mechanical inspection before purchase as even the most historically reliable cars suffer over time without proper maintenance.

1. to Mazda3

Why we picked it: Introduced in late , the third-generation Mazda3 transformed what was already a good compact car into a truly great one and helped start Mazda’s upmarket journey. Pretty to look at inside and out, its slick style is matched with lots of tech. A modern infotainment screen sits atop the dash, and Touring and Grand Touring trims offer blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts. The third-gen 3 is powered by a pair of peppy four-cylinder engines, a liter with horsepower or a liter unit with , with an available manual transmission. Like earlier 3s, it’s fun to drive and available as a sedan or a more practical hatchback, but it also layers on better reliability ratings than the previous designs.

Pros:

  • Sporty handling, involving performance
  • Practical available hatchback body
  • Modern design and features

Cons:

  • Fewer features on base models
  • Hard to find CPO examples at this price
  • Sedan lacks trunk space; not the biggest back seat

2. Lexus CT h

Why we picked it: As a compact commuter car, it’s hard to top the CT h. A relative of the Toyota Prius, the CT inherits superior fuel economy (up to 42 mpg combined) but layers on the Lexus experience. It has a plush, quiet and comfortable interior with up to cubic-feet of cargo space and many available tech features, including navigation and a dated but functional infotainment system. It also enjoys Lexus’ reputation for quality, with high marks for long-term durability and low costs of ownership. The only thing it lacks is real performance. The CT handles well, but despite racy styling and “F-Sport” body kits, it has just horsepower on tap, and is more sedate to drive than it looks.

Pros:

  • Good looking and luxurious
  • Excellent fuel mileage, low costs of ownership
  • Reputation for quality

3. Honda Civic

Why we picked it: A fun car to drive even in its base trim, the tenth-generation Civic was a proper return to form after Honda took criticism for the unengaging design of the previous Civic (). Though and newer models, and Type R and Si models, cost more than $15, in good condition, the earlier Civic sedan and coupe from this generation all make great used car buys. Dependable, fun and roomy for a compact, some models can also be found with 7-inch infotainment screens and safety systems like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings and forward automatic emergency braking. Most affordable Civics are powered by a horsepower liter engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission.

Pros:

  • Dependable and safe
  • Fun to drive and fuel-efficient
  • Many available features

Cons:

  • Well-equipped and high-performance versions are pricey
  • Clunky infotainment system; no touchscreen on base
  • Over-aggressive lane keep assist

4. to Mazda6

Why we picked it: The current generation of the Mazda6 launched in and was refreshed in All-new models are still on in its current form and it continues to be one of the best midsize sedans on the market. The 6 prioritizes curb appeal and driving dynamics but is as practical as a Camry. These earlier years don’t have some of the later models’ features, but they’re just as stylish and fun to drive. Power comes from the same liter, horsepower engine used in the Mazda3. Like that car, Touring and Grand Touring models came with blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts from the start, and all models got them by the end of and models have an older infotainment screen, and and ’s newer unit can be clunky, but the 6’s cabin and controls are user friendly. Reliability scores lag the Camry and Accord, but the 6 is still a quality choice.

Pros:

  • Stylish, fun and family-friendly
  • Many modern features, design still on sale in
  • Comfy, premium-feeling cabin

Cons:

  • Not as powerful as V6 rivals
  • Firmer ride than most family sedans
  • Not the biggest back seat or trunk

5. to Toyota Prius

Why we picked it: The Prius dominates the Lyft lane at the airport because it blends roomy practicality with almost unbeatable low costs of operation. Solid durability and all-star fuel economy are baked into the package even if driving fun is not. Many have been pushed into gig driving service, but these years cover examples of both the third () and fourth ( to present) generation models. Plenty of clean models can be found priced at or under $15, With these newer cars, there’s no need to worry about replacing the battery pack, which is still under warranty and long-lived anyway. The downside of the Prius is that it’s built to be a workhorse, with a basic interior and a dull driving experience.

Pros:

  • Cheap to buy and own
  • Lots of room for people and gear
  • Very reliable

Cons:

  • People will think you&#;re their Uber
  • Boring to drive
  • Few amenities, lots of road noise

6. to Chevrolet Impala

Why we picked it: The final (so far) iteration of Chevrolet’s famous full-sizer, this generation of Impala only went out of production in It was redesigned in and was better looking and dynamically superior to the previous-generation Impala. It also repeatedly drew accolades from typically harsh critics like Consumer Reports. The sleek styling is matched with a contemporary and roomy cabin as well as a relatively modern infotainment system. Its large body incorporates an cubic-foot trunk. Power comes from a pair of four-cylinder engines, a horsepower liter unit with hybrid assist ( only) or a horsepower liter, with a horsepower liter V6 optional, all driving the front wheels. The Impala’s reliability ratings lag the Toyota Avalon&#;s, but it’s also a more affordable car with more space and power.

Pros:

  • Roomy interior and trunk
  • Powerful engines
  • Comfortable and quiet, with a smooth ride

Cons:

  • Poor four-cylinder fuel economy
  • No active safety features
  • Limited rear visibility

7. to Toyota Camry

Why we picked it: The seventh-generation Camry, introduced in , offered a design overhaul and overall improvements, including more interior room and superior fuel economy got better in almost all models. It also earned slightly higher marks for reliability than the sixth-generation version, though both are very high quality cars. Though the infotainment system is dated, the Camry’s cabin is practical as ever, and some models options including navigation, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts. There are four-cylinder, V6 and Hybrid models returning up to 28, 25 and 40 mpg, respectively. The driving experience is bland, but for transportation the Camry is hard to beat.

Pros:

  • Famously reliable
  • Popular and easy to find in different trims
  • User friendly and easy to live with

Cons:

  • Not exciting
  • Early models and lower trims may lack features
  • Base engine, hybrid not very powerful

8. to Scion iA/Toyota Yaris iA/Yaris

Why we picked it: Very cheap subcompact cars don’t have to be unpleasant, and the iA is proof. It’s fun to drive, capable of delivering up to 35 mpg combined, fairly well equipped and earns good safety scores. The iA was introduced as a Scion in , became the Yaris iA in and then finally just “Yaris” in It’s actually built by Mazda and is sold overseas as the Mazda2 (an earlier version made our best used cars for $5, list). The iA/Yaris is powered by a horsepower liter four-cylinder engine and comes in automatic or manual-transmission form. A 7-inch infotainment screen and low-speed automatic emergency braking come standard. Nearly-new examples, including CPO cars, can be found for $15,

Pros:

  • Good looking inside and out
  • Fun and reliable
  • Likely to come with a good warranty

Cons:

  • Small inside, particularly in back
  • Hatchback model only added in , hard to find
  • Lacks active safety features beyond automatic emergency braking

9. to Lexus ES

Why we picked it: All generations of the ES rate very highly as used vehicles, with excellent reliability records and a slate of JD Power awards. The ES, Lexus’ upmarket sister to the Toyota Camry, is now in its sixth generation. Its current-form debut in mirrored some of the changes to the Camry, including larger and more bolder styling, with themes that continue on today’s Lexuses. In these years the ES came as the V6 ES , with plenty of oomph, or the frugal four-cylinder ES h Hybrid, which was slower but could return up to 40 mpg combined. As on the Camry, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts were available, but some cars also have lane departure warnings or adaptive cruise control. As with earlier ES models, the driving experience is quiet and refined but not very exciting.

Pros:

  • Comfy, luxurious and stylish
  • V6 or Hybrid power
  • Lots of technology and features

Cons:

  • Sedate driving experience
  • Well-equipped cars hard to find for $15,
  • Hybrid underpowered

to Chevrolet Camaro

Why we picked it: After an eight year absence, Chevrolet’s famous pony car returned in with an all-new design that directly referenced the original to Camaro. Unlike Camaros of old, the reborn design put as much of an emphasis on handling finesse as it did raw power, resulting in a car that was as fun to drive on twisty roads as drag strips, and still is. At $15,, most used examples will be V6 models, but that’s no bad thing. Unlike the underpowered V6 Camaros of the s and s, the new twin-cam liter version made horsepower to start and later , mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The stylish Camaro is lots of fun and boasts a good reliability record too, but its interior is a well of cheap gray plastics.

Pros:

  • Stylish and fun
  • Available convertible
  • Even the V6 model is quick

Cons:

  • Dark, plasticky interior
  • V8 models very hard to find at this price
  • Potentially abused

to Volkswagen Golf

Why we picked it: The seventh-generation Golf, like its predecessors, is a no-nonsense practical compact hatchback served with a healthy helping of driving fun. Production of this generation of Golf only just ended and you can still buy new examples, but these earlier years featured more variety, as the Golf was offered as a three- and five-door hatchback as well as a four-door station wagon, and as the fully-electric e-Golf. Our review can shed some light on what the Golf is like to drive and live with, and most versions came with a liter, horsepower four-cylinder engine. The e-Golf is just as practical, offered only as a five-door hatch, and offers both good reliability and performance, but has a range of just 83 miles. A variety of active safety features were optional, though they may raise the price on used units.

Pros:

  • Practical and comfortable
  • Fuel-efficient
  • Fun to drive

Cons:

  • e-Golf range limited
  • Well-equipped examples may be expensive
  • Basic interior

to Kia Soul

Why we picked it: The more refined and better-equipped second generation of Kia’s upright, funky not-quite-a-crossover Soul arrived in Affordable and practical, this Soul is a small machine, just inches long, but packs in SUV room: even tall folks can sit comfortably in back and there are cubic-feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, with them folded. Base models feel basic and make due with a horsepower liter four-cylinder engine, underpowered for the car. Fancier versions get better infotainment systems, cool wheels and a horsepower liter unit. It&#;s not exciting to drive but it’s amazingly practical. We’ve left off model year as its reliability ratings are lower than later years. Kia also offered an EV Soul in these years, which is a practical choice and often better equipped than the gas-powered Soul, though range is limited to 93 miles.

Pros:

  • Cool and practical
  • Lots of room
  • Available EV and many nice optional features

Cons:

  • No active safety features
  • Underpowered, underequipped base model
  • So-so fuel economy

to Toyota Corolla

Why we picked it: After many years of minimal change, Toyota completely redesigned the compact Corolla for into a striking new design that preserved all of the model’s traditional virtues. Far more modern inside and out, this Corolla featured a modern infotainment system with a inch screen, optional at first but later standard, and from a suite of advanced driver-assist gear. A long options list means equipment varies by model, but all Corollas are high-quality machines. Power derives from a pair of liter four-cylinder engines at or horsepower, with either a manual, conventional automatic or continuously variable transmission, though the regular automatic was dropped in The Corolla is an ace commuter, but not fast or much fun to drive, and owners report that it’s noisy at speed.

Pros:

  • Practical and reliable
  • Lots of nice available features
  • Excellent marks for safety

Cons:

  • Underpowered and noisy on the highway
  • Boring to drive
  • Base models lack equipment

to Hyundai Azera

Why we picked it: Hyundai’s answer to the Toyota Avalon and Chevrolet Impala, the Azera is a big and roomy V6-powered sedan that was Hyundai’s fanciest mainstream model in the mids. Though it falls short of the reliability of the Avalon or the size and speed of the Impala, the Azera gets high marks for reliability and owner satisfaction. Earlier Azeras were both dull to drive and look at, but the second-generation model is much more visually appealing. This generation also came with a standard 7-inch touchscreen with navigation (later enlarged to 8 inches with more functions) and from standard blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts, with more safety features optional. 

Pros:

  • Lots of room
  • Many desirable features 
  • Quiet and comfortable

Cons:

  • Indifferent handling
  • Newer and better-equipped models push price cap
  • Slow, despite V6 power

to Honda Accord

Why we picked it: When the midsize Accord sedan and coupe were redesigned for into their ninth generation, they brought back some of the sportiness of earlier Accords while adding lots of new technology. From the start these Accords came standard with an 8-inch infotainment screen and had optional safety features that included forward automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring and, on the highest-spec models, adaptive cruise control. In , the Accord got standard Apple CarPlay. The sporty handling makes for an engaging drive, backed by a or horsepower liter four-cylinder engine or a horsepower liter V6, the former also coming with a manual transmission option. A rare plug-in hybrid was offered for and , but isn&#;t easy to find.

Pros:

  • Engaging driving experience
  • Packed with tech features
  • Coupe and manual transmission options

Cons:

  • Forgettable styling
  • Reliability ratings lag Camry
  • Top trims and best options may cost more than $15,

to Ford Mustang

Why we picked it:Ford gave the circa Mustang design a major refresh in , with updated interior and exterior styling, and then added a powerful new V6 engine in While $15, will probably not be enough to swing a clean, low-mileage or liter V8 Mustang from these years, the and-newer liter V6 offers horsepower and pound-feet of torque, numbers far in excess of the s Mustang. The Mustang’s interior is nicer than the Camaro’s and it has a little more cargo room, though both cars are plasticky and have tiny back seats and poor rear visibility. Fun to drive and practical, the Mustang is an excellent entry-level enthusiast car that can double as a commuter and has a solid reliability record.

Pros:

  • Fun to drive and be seen in
  • Powerful V6 engine, capable handling
  • Nicely designed interior, convertible option

Cons:

  • model V6 rougher and less powerful than later V6
  • Clea V8 models hard to find at this price
  • Base models lack equipment

to Volkswagen Passat

Why we picked it: Branching off from the global design, this generation of the Passat was designed specifically for North American buyers, who favor lots of interior room and a smooth ride. Though it&#;s been updated a couple of times, this Passat is still on sale in The Passat’s cabin is accordingly comfortable and premium-looking, and over time it gained modern infotainment and driver-assist gear, including adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts (from ). Most Passats are powered by the horsepower liter four shared with the Golf or a horsepower liter V6, though some pre models used a liter diesel four that was part of Dieselgate. Ownership costs are a little higher than on the Camry or Accord, but Passat owners give it high marks for value.

Pros:

  • Comfortable and roomy
  • Potent optional V6
  • Optional driver-assist gear

Cons:

  • Base engine underpowered
  • Soft ride comes at the expense of handling and steering feel
  • Older models lack features

to Subaru Outback

Why we picked it: The Outdoorsy Outback has been providing owners with all-wheel drive fun since , and offers genuine go-anywhere capability and SUV-like room for people and cargo. These years cover the tail end of the fourth-generation and early fifth-generation Outbacks, which have higher reliability ratings than some older models. Both get top marks for safety and are broadly similar in look and feel, but and newer models have more active-safety features that are part of the then-optional Subaru EyeSight safety suite. These newer models also have nicer infotainment controls and more connected features. Six-cylinder models are out of this price range and even later four-cylinder models can be pricey. The base liter, horsepower four-cylinder engine feels a little underpowered in the Outback, but it’ll go lots of places other cars can’t.

Pros:

  • Off-road capability and standard all-wheel drive
  • SUV-like passenger and cargo space
  • Top marks for safety

Cons:

  • Higher than average maintenance costs
  • So-so fuel economy
  • Underpowered base engine

to Acura ILX

Why we picked it: Based on the Honda Civic as the original Acura Integra was, the Acura ILX returned the luxury brand to the compact car space. This design is still on sale in , though it’s been facelifted a couple of times since it debuted. The ILX originally came with three four-cylinder engine choices, a liter with horsepower, a liter with horsepower, and a liter hybrid model with horsepower and a hybrid assist, but in all but the liter were dropped. The ILX is fun, reliable and pretty to look at, with a modern interior not so different from ’s Acuras, but rear seat and trunk space are tight and it doesn’t feel luxurious. Apart from , when optional extras like adaptive cruise control were added, these years also lack active-safety features.

Pros:

  • Fun to drive
  • Reliable and safe
  • Many available tech features

Cons:

  • Nonliter engines underpowered
  • Small back seat
  • Pre models lack active safety features

to Lincoln MKZ

Why we picked it: Lincoln’s fancied up version of the midsize Ford Fusion, the MKZ enjoys higher reliability ratings than than it’s humbler sister while also offering lots of style and many additional features. From the beginning this second-generation MKZ was offered with optional features like adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist as well as luxury items like panoramic sunroofs and heated rear seats. A very stylish machine, its pretty and minimalist interior also houses a modern infotainment system, though its clunky by today’s standards. There are two liter four-cylinder powertrains, a horsepower turbo or a system-horsepower hybrid offering up to 38 mpg combined. The MKZ isn’t very engaging to drive and the sloping roof constrains rear head room, but offers a real luxury experience at a bargain price.

Pros:

  • Sleek and stylish
  • Luxury interior and features
  • Big and comfy front seating area

Cons:

  • Cabin materials not as fancy as they look
  • Limousine-like handling
  • Dated, clunky infotainment

Methodology

To determine our list of the best vehicles under $15,, we cross-referenced a broad range of reliability and quality scores, evaluations by vehicle testers, thousands of long-term reports and reviews from owners and factored in our own long-term experiences with these vehicles as new and used cars. In addition to these criteria, the vehicle had to have average transaction prices under or near $15,, be manufactured after , and be easy for shoppers to find irrespective of their region or city.

Many of the models fetured in our list of the best $10, used cars are available in even better condition for $15,, and the Honda Fit, Toyota Avalon, and to Honda Insight nearly reappeared on this list. We recommend looking at those entries for shoppers on a budget. Some models with insufficient data, such as the BMW Z4, which had very high reliability and quality scores, were left off the list due a lack of information or widespread availability.

We focused specifically on providing maximum value and reliability for the price, prioritizing models which are known for durability and low cost of operation, but also tried hard to provide a variety of models to suit different tastes. We also left off some models due to higher-than-average rmaintenance costs, such as the Mercedes-Benz C-class.Although we can generally provide guidance on which models may be the best value or the most reliable, we cannot make any guarantees about how individual cars will perform. We did the research, but we still recommend you investigate your choices further before purchase and we advise pre-purchase inspections whenever possible. Theoretically, that’s easier than ever as there are now many mobile mechanic services that can come to the vehicle directly.

FAQ

What’s the best place to buy a used car under $15,?

The most cost-effective route to buying a used car is usually buying from a private seller, as they don’t have the overhead costs of car dealerships and they tend to have service records that can provide valuable insight into your purchase. However, for $15, most cars under eight years old will come with some form of meaningful warranty, and some may qualify for extended warranties or CPO (certified pre-owned) programs, and here buyers are better served visiting a franchise dealer, including new-vehicle stores, which often stock a variety of late-model used cars. Dealers are in a better position to provide assistance with extended warranties and financing, though consumers still have the option to line up these parts of the transaction on their own.

What&#;s the best used car for $15,? Are there ones that are more reliable than others?

That depends on your needs. We’ve tried to provide a wide array of choices to suit enthusiasts, commuters, families and shoppers who’d rather have a newer vehicle with a warranty and are okay skimping a little on size or features. We’ve ranked our choices by multiple factors, with an emphasis on reliability ratings and owner’s perceptions of the value they got out of their purchases. Each of these vehicles is a good choice, though we did find that the most reliable cars on the list were the Mazda3, Lexus ES, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Prius, and Acura ILX.

Is it better to buy a new car or a used car? Can I buy a new car for $15,?

You can buy a new car for $15,, but at this price point, a used car is a better bet for long-term satisfaction and for getting the features you want. Only one or two of the most basic vehicles of fall into that price range, and they often peak past it with destination fees. Opting for a used car instead opens up much more purchasing power and is in some respects a more sound investment. 

Sours: https://www.forbes.com/wheels/features/best-used-cars-under/

The Big Test: / Midsize Sedans

Chevrolet Malibu vs. Chrysler vs. Honda Accord vs. Kia Optima vs. Mazda6 vs. Nissan Altima

Time flies. Not since have we had a midsize sedan roundup this large, and by now most of those cars have been succeeded by a new generation or have a replacement waiting in the wings. Midsize sedans continue to rock the U.S. sales board, with the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, and Honda Accord taking the fourth through sixth spots in the first quarter of , right behind Detroit's pickup trucks. Add the Ford Fusion, another two spots down, and that's four midsize sedans in the top best-selling vehicles of the year through March.

This is one of the most closely matched Big Tests we've ever featured

But let's get down to business: Who's up to bat and who's warming the bench? In this comparison, we have the Chevrolet Malibu and Kia Optima, both recently refreshed, along with the all-new Chrysler We also let in three big players that were launched within the past couple years: last year's three-car midsize comparo winner, the Mazda6, the second-place finisher Honda Accord, and the Nissan Altima. That's a total of six midsize sedans. Each manufacturer was instructed to give us what they consider the best version of their midsizer available for a base price of $26, or less, destination fees included. From there, options could be added however they saw fit.

Why didn't your favorite make the grade? Well, the Volkswagen Passat with the new T engine was invited, but a last-minute recall having to do with the transmission cooler O-ring wasn't resolved by game time. The Ford Fusion was also invited, but Ford politely refused to give us a car. OK, but how could we possibly overlook the best-selling Toyota Camry, for Pete's sake? Simply put, the Camry finished third in last year's three-car comparison, and there is a large-scale refresh on the horizon for the model year. We'll wait until the new car becomes available. Same goes for the all-new Hyundai Sonata and Subaru Legacy both due to launch toward the end of the year. Stay tuned to see the winner of this comparison lock horns with all of these upcoming models. For now, grab a cup of coffee and make yourself comfortable.

Ride and Handling

The numbers don't lie; some of our midsize sedans are simply more capable handlers than others. But numbers are only half the story. Comfort is also a huge factor here, and the best midsize sedans blend a smooth ride with confidence that the car will react predictably in an evasive situation -- or maybe just when zipping down a local back road.

The Honda Accord, being of Sport trim and inch wheels, gave the firmest, noisiest ride of the group. While none of us would call the Accord harsh, tire noise and ride quality weren't as accommodating as in its competitors. It's likely that opting for the standard Accord, rather than the Sport model Honda chose to send us, would yield a plusher ride. However, that stiff ride paid off at our figure-eight course, where a run of seconds was the quickest in the pack.
At the other extreme, the Kia Optima impressed with low road noise, but its too-soft suspension compromised control, with lots of body roll, a wallowing dynamic over bumps, and a somewhat floaty experience at highway speed. Per associate online editor Benson Kong, "The steering feels slow and the entire car feels lazy, with no sense of urgency to change direction." The Kia's figure-eight time was predictably dead last in our group, requiring seconds.

The Chrysler put smiles on our faces with good body control and a comfortable ride, but was let down by a good amount of road noise, something associate editor Scott Evans felt might come down to its Goodyears. Meanwhile, the Nissan Altima was relatively quiet and composed, but was hampered by awkward steering feel. Per Evans, "The steering weight and response are terrible. There are several degrees of play on-center before anything happens, then it's like steering through thick, sticky mud." A second-from-bottom figure-eight time didn't help things for the pudgy-feeling Nissan.

The Chevrolet Malibu put up a very strong showing with that magic combination of good ride, low noise, and decent body composure, but in the end, the Mazda6 with its best-in-pack steering, second-quickest figure-eight time, and firm but still compliant ride took top honors here. The Mazda was also the only car in the pack that had a certain fun-to-drive quality built into its handling. While that's not a necessary attribute, it sure does distinguish the Mazda.

Performance

In sheer numbers, the Honda proved to be a sports car in sedan clothing. With a mph run in seconds and a stop from the same speed in just feet, the Accord and its hp, liter I-4 led at the test track. While we're not typically enamored with CVT transmissions, the shift paddles on the Honda, along with programming that mimics a conventional auto fairly well, made all the difference. "Even with the CVT, the Accord had a very peppy ride," said Detroit editor Scott Burgess. "It was quick off the line, and the CVT was hardly noticeable."

The hp Nissan was a different story. Per Evans, "This CVT is smoother than the last Nissan I drove, but it makes the engine feel lethargic at anything less than half-throttle." Associate online editor Nate Martinez agreed. "Nissan's CVT has come a long way, but it's still a step below Honda's refined unit." Kong: "The CVT feels like it has to strangle the engine for acceleration." The Nissan was surprisingly third quickest in acceleration, but also a dismal second to last in braking distance. Not enough to impress, unfortunately.

With an second sprint to 60 mph, the Chrysler set the standard for slow—indeed, it was the slowest car here. Chrysler's new nine-speed transmission was praised by most for its smoothness and response, but it lacked a sport or manual setting to bring out its best. Ultimately those extra ratios didn't help the liter, hp Tigershark four-banger overcome the car's second-heaviest curb weight. After all, the 's I-4 puts out just lb-ft of torque, the least of the assembled competitors. Burgess noted, "The engine at times felt like it wanted more power and tended to whine more than I cared for, however it was able to cruise very well at high speeds for extended periods of time." Martinez: "The engine sounded like it was straining at all rpm." The brake pedal feel had an awkward, springy "on-off" sensation, though the car's stopping distance from 60 mph was second best in the test at feet.

The Kia had the second slowest acceleration and the highest braking distances of the group, but on the road it managed to feel a little quicker than the numbers showed. "Pretty good power," Evans noted. "Decent throttle response, too." Others were less impressed. Senior features editor Jonny Lieberman griped, "The engine gets coarse at times, and the transmission is simply average."

That said, nearly all editors found the Chevrolet Malibu's engine unpleasant to the ears. "The liter makes a bad buzz over rpm and, because of the wide, tall gearing, the car tries to sit in fourth gear on the freeway," complained Kong. He emphasized the situation: "All acceleration feels labored." Our test numbers reveal acceleration roughly on par with the second-slowest Kia, edging that car out by a single tenth of a second in the quarter-mile run.

Again, the Mazda pushed through the group to impress everyone who drove it. With second-best acceleration, a sweet-sounding engine, and lever-actuated manual gear selection, the Mazda proved a favorite. As Kong put it, "The powertrain is the best here, the auto shifts up and down quickly, and the engine never feels like it's wanting for more." Martinez concurred, "The liter SkyActiv pulls smoothly and sounds great." The Mazda provided an engaging powertrain, rather than one that just gets the job done. Lieberman summed it up best: "If Americans actually cared about driving, the Mazda6 would be the best-selling car in the U.S."

Efficiency

While the EPA-approved fuel economy figures listed on a new car's Monroney are generally pretty accurate, our Real MPG testing attempts to get another picture of what real drivers can expect from their new vehicles. A combination of both are helpful in building a realistic impression. In this case, the Kia Optima had the least efficient EPA rating at 27 combined mpg, but the most efficient Real MPG score at 31 combined mpg, a gain of 4 mpg. Average the two, and you'll end up at 29 mpg, the best figure in this group. The Chrysler's EPA rating exactly matched our Real MPG 28 combined mpg rating, while two others -- Honda and Mazda -- fell 3 combined mpg in testing to 26 and 27, respectively, averaging out at and The Nissan Altima averaged at 26 combined mpg, considering a Real MPG score of 27 and an EPA rating of 31, while the Malibu averaged 26 mpg combined, splitting the EPA's 2

9 and our testing's 23 mpg score to come home last.

Cockpit/Cabin

If there's one thing most judges would change about the Mazda6, it would be the interior design. While the exterior styling was unanimously loved, many felt the cabin didn't receive the same amount of love from Mazda designers. "The interior design is more conservative and cut-and-paste, a la other Mazda models," said Martinez. Evans echoed, "The interior is rather dark and boring. Needs some life." Still, the Mazda had one of the largest back seats in the group by the factory-supplied measurements (subjective butt-on-bench ratings placed it third behind Accord and Altima), and ergonomics were a strong point.

The Accord was similarly lambasted, despite its hugely roomy interior. From Lieberman's notepad: "I didn't really care for the interior. The white polka dots on black plastic seemed particularly poor to me. Looks-wise, there's not much there." Burgess also wasn't impressed, saying, "There's a lot of hard plastic throughout the cabin, and it feels like one of the cheaper models overall." Another annoyance: The Accord was the only car in the group to have a single-piece rear folding seat, rather than a split design.

The Altima was praised for a roomy back seat, but the actual cushioning front and rear -- fancy Zero Gravity foam -- was loved or loathed by editors in relatively even numbers. La-Z-Boy comparisons were made, for better or worse, and few were impressed by the black velour-like upholstery. At least the dashboard design was a step up from those of the Accord and '6, and the same could also be said for the Chevrolet Malibu.

Unfortunately, there were few other bright points to the Malibu's cabin. A random selection of notes goes something like, "the seats are hard and flat," "the back seat felt cramped," "loaded with hard, dreary plastics," "visible interior corner-cutting, especially materials." Chevy's refresh added a couple new cell-phone cubbies, along with a storage space behind the navigation display, but overall it's not enough to make a significant improvement over the outgoing car, The worst rear seat of the pack puts the final nail in the Malibu's coffin.

The Chrysler and Kia Optima were pleasant surprises and pegged as favorites in our grouping. The former received praise for innovative, attractive design and clever new storage solutions, such as the large hidden bin built into the center console, made possible by the space saved by switching to a compact rotary gear selector. The 's rear seat was a weak point, with less apparent room and a small door aperture, though it was strongly preferable to Malibu. The Optima came out on top with its blend of form and function. Pluses included the layout of controls on the ergonomically angled center stack, the comfortable leather seats, generous rear-seat room, and huge navigation display. My own notes read, "The Kia's interior feels and looks a class above the rest."

Safety

First things first: The Chrysler , being all-new for , has yet to be crash-tested by the government or IIHS, so no data was available, but the Dodge Dart on which it is heavily based earns the NHTSA's 5 stars overall crashworthiness rating, as do the rest of our contestant vehicles. The Kia Optima, however, is the only one to score 5-star ratings in each of the NHTSA's frontal, side, and rollover crash test. IIHS crash ratings were also taken into account, and while each of the sedans (again, excluding the ) earned at least a Top Safety Pick rating, three sedans excelled to earn a TSP + award: the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, and Mazda6. It's also worth noting that the Malibu and Accord were the only two vehicles to achieve a Good rating in the IIHS' new small-overlap frontal crash test. The rest -- and the 's cousin Dart -- were one step down at Acceptable.

Value

It's easy to be wooed by the Kia's impressive list of standard equipment, but keep in mind that the Korean also had the highest as-tested price. Nevertheless, it's extremely impressive that shoppers can get a jumbo-size center display, navigation, leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera and backup warning system, heated steering wheel, and power folding mirrors for just a shade over $30,

Just the fact that these features are available in this segment is amazing; five short years ago, such equipment was strictly the purview of the luxe market. And don't forget the 5-year/60,mile basic warranty; the rest in our group had the standard 3-year/36,mile affair. The Kia's projected repair cost total was also the lowest in the group by hundreds of dollars, which was only icing on the Kia's value victory cake.

The Honda was the most affordable car in our test at just $25,, but amenities were scarce. Navigation is not available on any Accord below the near-$31, threshold, and a rearview camera and dual-zone climate control were the only features to boast about on our Sport model, putting it last in value. For just $ more than our Honda, the Chrysler has both of those features, rear ventilation controls, heated mirrors and front seats, remote start, and an auto-dimming mirror.

The Chevy was priced midpack at $26,, but featured amenities similar to the cheaper Chrysler's, though it had two volt front outlets and a 7-inch infotainment display. The Altima, at $27,, was the least expensive car in our group to feature navigation, which was bundled with blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure, and moving-object warning systems for $ -- a bargain, as far as such packages go. The Mazda6's relatively small inch display didn't quite jibe with its near-$29, sticker price, but leatherette seats were convincing, the Bose stereo sounded good, and navigation, rain-sensing wipers, a moonroof, heated mirrors, rearview camera, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring were all included.

Notable Features

Kia Optima

Heated/cooled front seats and heated rears aren't new for Kia, but stand out in segment.

Mazda6

Shift lever-acutated manual mode makes the most of this powertrain.

Chrysler

The only car in segment with a nine-speed rotary dial trans.

Nissan Altima

NASA-inspired "zero gravity" seat foam is an interesting touch.

Honda Accord

A huge rear seat could be just the ticket for families that need space.

Chevrolet Malibu

New cellphone cubbies keep the center console neat and tidy.

Cost of Ownership

With the lowest purchase price, five-year cost of ownership, and maintenance cost, the Honda is the one to beat. Nissan comes close, with the lowest fuel cost based on EPA figures (as our Real MPG testing shows, your miles may vary) and lowest percentage of depreciation, but with a third-best purchase price, it's in second place for overall cost of ownership. The Malibu is third least expensive over five years, but manages just fourth best in terms of fuel and maintenance -- the secret is in its second lowest purchase price.

The Kia is second least expensive to maintain, but a high purchase price, average (50 percent) depreciation, and the highest fuel costs of the group hurt it. Still, its five-year cost of ownership is just 22 percent more than its purchase price, the lowest in that regard. The Chrysler suffers the most depreciation (57 percent) and the highest five-year ownership costs to finish last as a value proposition, with the Mazda6 just $2 cheaper to run over five years, but with 3 percent less depreciation and somewhat better fuel costs. The Mazda6 is the second most affordable to fuel up.

Conclusion

To say this comparison was a close race would be an understatement. Time and again, we were astonished at just how competitive this segment is. There just simply wasn't a car in the group that could be classified as "bad."

Still, there has to be a last place. This time it was the Chevrolet Malibu. Its emergency refresh didn't improve the two weakest points of the car: a noisy, poor-sounding engine and a flat, cramped rear seat. The Chevy was weak in value and questionable in fuel economy given its lowest averaged combined mpg figure.

Next to be eliminated was the Nissan Altima. Despite second-best averaged efficiency, a second-best value proposition, and a sizeable rear seat, the Altima just didn't capture our hearts like the four cars ranked ahead of it. A sluggish CVT, heavy-feeling dynamics, and worst-in-group steering drove that point home.

Fourth place goes to the Honda Accord, by fault of a cheap-feeling interior, lack of amenities, and the least comfortable ride of the group. Some felt that had Honda sent us a standard Accord, rather than the Sport model we received, the car would have fared better. As it was, we appreciated the huge rear seat, decent fuel economy, safety aspect, and low price/high value, but we appreciated our third-place finisher, the Chrysler , just a smidge more. While the Accord seems content to be a decent sedan, the Chrysler feels like it's striving for greatness -- though it doesn't quite achieve it. The Tigershark four-banger we've loved so much in other applications is a bit underpowered in this class, but the new nine-speed gearbox is a segment first and works well, and we were impressed with the attention to detail Chrysler put into the design of the car, especially the cabin's innovative styling and storage solutions.

Our first runner-up is the Kia Optima. With its luxurious features list, impressive-looking cabin, and gorgeous exterior design that most of us named best-in-group, the Kia is one seductive midsizer. Unfortunately, uninspiring driving dynamics kept it out of the top spot this time.

Which leaves us with the Mazda6. When we asked ourselves which vehicle we'd purchase with our own money, we unanimously voted for the Mazda. Its combination of good looks, strong fuel economy, excellent road manners, roomy rear seat, and engaging powertrain give the Mazda the one element that all its competitors seem to lack: a real personality. In a beige-and-taupe segment, the Mazda adds a big splash of red. And that's something we wish more automakers would achieve.

6th Place: Chevrolet Malibu

A lackluster engine, cheap interior, cramped rear seat, and poor efficiency seal Malibu's fate.

5th Place: Nissan Altima

Good value and space; shame about the lethargic powertrain and poor steering response.

4th Place: Honda Accord

If all you need is space and speed, look no further. A rough ride might be solved by a non-Sport model.

3rd Place: Chrysler

Chrysler gets an A for effort, but is let down by a lethargic powertrain, less-than-roomy cabin, and lack of refinement.

2nd Place: Kia Optima

A solid second-place finish for a comfortable, stylish, value-packed option that is also highly efficient.

1st Place: Mazda6

Roomy, composed, quick, and fun to drive, the Mazda's victory was unanimous among our judges.

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There aren’t many magazines with insight into the auto industry quite like Car and Driver. Since , its 10Best list has been one of the most prestigious benchmarks of automotive journalism, and sets a standard by which all new cars are judged. Through a series of tough short and long-term road tests, the magazine has a decades-long reputation for separating the contenders from the also-rans, finding the top performers in every segment.

So it’s only natural that the magazine would turn its attention to midsize sedans and find the best all-around car in one of the most competitive segments in America. Nearly one in every six new cars sold annually in the U.S. is a midsize sedan, and so far, has seen the debut of new several new models, making it an especially eventful year.

But instead of creating a 10Best-styled list for these sedans, Car and Driver ranked all the midsize offerings from worst to best. There is an interesting catch, however: none of these cars are truly bad. Some are certainly better than others, but none of these models have a glaring Achilles heel that knocks them out of the running. All are reasonably safe, are priced from the low $20, range, and offer more than enough to keep the average new car buyer happy.

From worst to best, here are ’s midsize sedans, as ranked by Car and Driver.

 Chevrolet Malibu

Chevrolet Malibu

The all-new Malibu isn’t really the worst family sedan on the list –  at least we don’t think it is. Unveiled at this year’s New York Auto Show, the Malibu is so new it hasn’t been put through is paces by the automotive press yet. Still, it seems to be an improvement over the outgoing model in every way. Built on an all-new platform, the new car gets a turbocharged Ecotec inline-four as the base engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that combine for an 37 highway miles per gallon. With impressive fuel economy and striking good looks, the Malibu probably won’t stay at the bottom of this list for long.

Source: Subaru

Subaru Legacy

Subaru has been something of a comeback kid lately, having its best-ever U.S. sales year in , and passing Volkswagen in sales. This is largely based on its success with the Legacy sedan. With class-leading interior volume and standard all-wheel drive, the Legacy stands out from the pack, and in R Limited trim, its horsepower boxer-six has enough power to make the daily commute seem interesting. Still, the Legacy’s safe styling, sluggish handling, and a fickle CVT transmission keeps it at the bottom of the pack.

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9. Chrysler

After keeping the terrible Sebring on life support by rechristening it the back in , few people had high hopes for Chrysler’s next-generation car. So far, people have been pleasantly surprised by the next-generation , which was all-new for Based on the Dodge Dart, the ’s bold styling, well-appointed interior, and nine-speed automatic transmission have made it a popular and distinctive choice in the midsize sedan market. But like the Dart, the suffers from sluggish performance, even with the range-topping liter V6. Sharper steering and a little more pep would do wonders for Chrysler’s already competitive midsize car.

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8. Toyota Camry

For , Toyota gave America’s best-selling car a little more attitude to counteract its reputation as the ultimate blandmobile. The new Camry is certainly more exciting than the last-generation model, with its aggressive styling and sharper handling, but powertrain options are carried over from the old car, and “fun to drive&#; still isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind when we think of the Camry. Overall, Toyota has largely improved its bread-and-butter car, but there are plenty of reliable, safe, and exciting alternatives to the mighty Camry.

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7. Kia Optima

Kia has become competitive by fielding a full entire lineup of attractive, affordable, and distinctive cars, and the Optima is one of its best. With a great interior, and distinctive styling that’s usually reserved for much pricier cars, the Optima stands out from the midsize pack. A harsh ride keeps the current Optima at the bottom of this list, but an all-new model will hit dealerships later this year, and with Kia’s recent hot streak, it should be quite the improvement over the already competent Optima.

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6. Nissan Altima

The Altima has grown in recent years to fill the slot once occupied by the Maxima. It hasn’t disappointed– the Altima has received a number of upgrades to compete with the big dogs. A liter inline-four is standard, but a range-topping liter V6 gives the car an 88 horsepower boost over the base model. The Altima is a capable and attractive midsize car, but like the Subaru, the Altima biggest weakness is a sluggish CVT transmission. With slightly better powertrain options, the competent Altima could be made that much better.

Source: Hyundai

5. Hyundai Sonata

Like Kia, its sister company Hyundai has gone from afterthought to major player in the past few years, and the Sonata has been a big part of the reason why. The new for model trades the aggressive styling of the older model for more distinguished lines similar to the upmarket Hyundai Genesis. Possibly the best compromise in the segment, the Sonata is good (but not great) at nearly everything it does and has very few weaknesses.

Volkswagen Passat

4. Volkswagen Passat

Believe it or not, the Passat is one of the most American cars on this list. Designed for, and built in America, Volkswagen has found success with its affordable sedan that offers German luxury at an affordable price. The versatile Passat offers plenty of real-world performance from its entire engine range, a comfortable and well-designed interior, an optional manual transmission, and great fit and finish all around. In the end, the Passat’s biggest weakness is its age. Now in its fourth model-year, the Passat is beginning to feel dated next to the influx of all the new blood in the midsize segment.

Source: Ford

3. Ford Fusion

The Fusion is nearly as old as the Passat, but its combination of looks, performance, and quality have held up remarkably well. Benefiting from Ford’s lineup of EcoBoost inline-four engines, two available hybrid models, and styling that punches far above its weight, the Fusion is simply the best American midsize car available today.

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2. Honda Accord

For years, the Accord was the runner-up to the Camry in nearly every department. The Toyota may have a comfortable edge over Honda in sales, but the Accord is the better of the two. Effortlessly blending style, comfort, affordability, and performance, the Accord is one of the most well-rounded cars available today – in any segment. To further stand out from the pack, the Accord is also the last mid-sized sedan offered as a coupe. With the optional six-speed manual mated to Honda’s liter VTEC V6, the Accord EX-L Coupe is one of the best (and most unassuming) driver’s cars in the $30, range.

Mazda-6

1. Mazda6

The Mazda6 isn’t just the best midsize sedan available in America; it’s one of the best sedans in the world, period. Not only does the 6 offer the same amenities of its midsize competitors, it’s also one of the prettiest cars on the road today. Few cars can manage to be both practical and an absolute joy to drive as the 6. Its smooth horsepower liter inline-four can be mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, and its styling inside and out make it feel like a car that costs twice as much as its $21, base price.

Unfortunately, the 6 will never sell in the same numbers as the Camry or Accord, which is a shame, because you could count the number of other world-class cars that can be had for under $25, on one hand. Still, this crop of midsize sedans shows just how high-stakes the competition is in the midsize segment, and as a result, none of these cars will really let you down.

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Midsize sedan roll call: what’s new, what we like, and what we could live without for

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The all-new Chrysler is an impressive effort in the stronger-than-ever class of midsize sedans

America's most popular segment has long left customers spoilt for choice. From long time favorites like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord to capable newcomers like the Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata, there's something for everyone in the midsize sedan market.

With better-than-ever fuel economy, quality of materials, and interior and luggage space, midsize sedans have become the do-everything vehicles that customers want and need.

For , there are fresh faces, old favorites, and all-new models ready to battle it out for that top sales spot. We break down what's new, what we like, and what we could live without for all of the midsize sedans.

America's top-selling sedan gets a facelift for the model year.

What's new: The Camry receives a much-appreciated exterior design refresh for , sporting a more aggressive and modern look than the current model.

What we like: The Camry is the sales king for a reason, boasting good fuel economy, a comfortable interior, and excellent value in relation to competitors. Resale value and reliability are also huge plus points for the "never say die" Camry.

What we could live without: While sales reflect Toyota's stellar reputation, the Camry has cruised along as the default choice for many car buyers. It's still good, but many sedan shoppers would be pleasantly surprised if they drove some of the rival sedans. The Camry looks to looks to win on merit.

While the Accord has been a sales leader for years and continues to be one of the best midsize sedans, buyers looking for head-turning styling might want to turn elsewhere.

What's new: The Accord receives no major changes for the model year.

What we like: Honda's ever-popular Accord remains one of the best cars in the segment, with a spacious interior, excellent fuel economy, and sportier handling than most competitors. Phenomenal reliability has also long been a hallmark of the Accord. The hybrid option is one of the better examples in the segment.

What we could live without: While the Accord is a perennial favorite among midsize sedan buyers and one of the strongest offerings in the segment, shoppers looking for head-turning style might want to look elsewhere. Safe styling has never seemed to hurt Accord sales, however.

While the Malibu is a marked improvement, Chevy still has work to do to catch up to segment leaders.

What's new: The Chevy Malibu is available with built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi, the first of its kind in the midsize sedan class. Now you can take your mobile devices anywhere the road leads you, assuming there's a signal, of course.

What we like: The Malibu has a strong base four-cylinder engine and a composed ride, and the stop-start fuel-saving technology is one of the smoothest units in the segment.

What we could live without: the midsize sedan segment still proves to be a troublesome one for the Chevy brand. Despite a vastly improved lineup of cars and trucks, the Malibu has been singled out for having middling driving dynamics, low-rent materials, and a cramped rear seat.

The Chrysler S is available with a liter 4-cylinder, or optional liter V-6

What we like: The updated styling, available all-wheel-drive, and variety of capable engines make the an enticing reason to buy American.

What we could live without: while styling and quality make giant leaps forward from the previous , some customers will find the rear seating too snug. The four-cylinder is more frugal, but doesn't match the quietness and refinement of the V

The Ford Fusion is priced right, and has the driving dynamics to match rivals from Toyota, Honda, Nissan and GM.

What's new: The Fusion has been a sales smash since its most recent update, and Ford continues the successful formula for Minor updates include slightly revised engines and a standard rear view camera.

What we like: The Fusion is one of the most distinctive and fun-to-drive sedans in its class, and a variety of powerful and fuel efficient powertrains, especially the excellent hybrid, set it apart from the competition.

What we could live without: Cumbersome, unintuitive, and often maddening when trying to perform the simplest tasks: these are some of the complaints that have been levied at Ford's MyFordTouch infotainment system. It's gotten better, but there is still work to be done.

Hyundai is aiming right at the heart of the midsize sedan segment with the quieter, more spacious, and more conservatively-styled Sonata.

What's new: The Sonata has been completely redesigned for , and Hyundai has taken another step forward. Fuel economy, interior space, and available options have all been improved for

What we like: The Sonata has an incredibly quiet cabin and one of the most upscale interiors in its class. Couple that with Hyundai's incredible technology options and unbeatable year, ,mile powertrain warranty and the Sonata is hard to beat.

What we could live without: After only one generation, Hyundai has gone back to a boxier, much less dynamic exterior for the Sonata sedan. We'll be the first to admit that less polarizing styling and an emphasis on comfort and efficiency won't hurt Sonata sales – but did Hyundai's best-selling sedan have to become so serious all of a sudden?

The Optima has the appearance of a true luxury sedan, even if the overall driving experience is much closer to midsize sedan norms.

What's new: The Optima receives no major changes for the model year.

What we could live without:

The Optima still looks great, but the dynamics are firmly mid-pack in this highly-competitive segment. Kia is awfully close to having a sedan home run on its hands – if only we could combine its looks with the playfulness of the Mazda6 (see below for more about Mazda's fun-loving sedan).

The Mazda6 has an available 6-speed automatic, but we suggest opting for the hugely entertaining 6-speed manual gearbox.

What's new: The Mazda6 receives no major changes for the model year.

What we like: The Mazda6 is by far the most fun-to-drive sedan in its class, with almost sports-car-like handling and potent engine options. With a high-quality and spacious interior and above-average fuel economy, the Mazda6 drives a hard bargain in a competitive segment.

What we could live without: While the Mazda6 offers a variety of available technology, the optional navigation system already feels dated in the face of excellent units from the competition.

The Nissan Altima is one of the best-selling sedans in the U.S. car market.

What's new: The Altima receives no major changes for the model year.

What we could live without: In gaining sales, the Altima has become more mainstream in the looks department. It has more flair than an Accord or Camry, but that's not saying much. Like many cars in the segment, the entry-level four-cylinder is easier on your fuel budget, but harder on your eardrums.

As the only standard all-wheel-drive offering in the segment, the Legacy is a strong choice for Snowbelt dwellers.

What's new: The Legacy is completely redesigned for , featuring improved fuel economy, more attractive styling, and a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT) across all trim levels.

What we like: The Legacy is one of the safest cars in the segment, earning the NHTSA's coveted Top Safety Pick+ award. Standard all-wheel-drive and a much-improved interior make the Legacy a strong option in America's most competitive segment.

What we could live without: big on all-weather capability, the Subaru Legacy isn't going to win over the hearts of technophiles with its cabin, functional but far from funky. In our review, we found the overall driving demeanor to be a bit benign.

The VW Passat is the only car in the segment to offer a diesel option, matching the fuel economy of many hybrids.

What's new: For , the Passat TDI's turbodiesel engine gains horsepower over the model, a much-needed improvement to an enticing powertrain option.

What we could live without: Remember when Volkswagens were the quirky outliers in every segment? That's no longer the case, as the Passat's "me too" styling mirrors its forgettable driving experience. Backseat legroom is fantastic, we just wish there was more fun to be had in the driver's seat.

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was an exciting year for cars and saw the redesigns of several cars emerge. Cars that have been around the block a few times like the M3, Challenger, and the Mustang all got new styling, and in some cases a performance overhaul. The Mustang, for instance, got an independent rear suspension for the first time since a few of the late model SN95 Cobras. Not all changes in cars were impressive for , but some were vaulted into a new generation of performance and prestige.

BMW M3

The new M3 saw a return to BMW roots, with a bit of flair. The US ’s M3 ( for Germany) saw a complete redesign from its early generation. Previously equipped with a horsepower liter naturally aspirated V8, the was reunited with the liter inline-six, but this time with two turbochargers. This effort produces horsepower, which is not a great jump but the potential to get more power out of the turbochargers is thought to be greater than that of the V8. Other than that the M3 continues to be a benchmark in the sports luxury class, with leather upholstery and a manual transmission, along with a surprisingly light weight of pounds. The M3 now only comes as a sedan but seeing the performance numbers that are probably not going to matter. They are worth about $50, now in according to KBB.

Dodge Charger

Since its debut in , the Dodge Charger got its first design overhaul, with new body panels, aluminum axles, and new wheels. Although the car is physically as big as it’s ever been, since , the car looks more aggressive and nimble. Aside from aesthetics, it still has optional AWD, and the liter HEMI V8 hasn’t gained any more power and sits at around horsepower and almost lb-ft of torque. The AWD has an interesting feature though, where its transfer case can disconnect the front axle when appropriate, or not needed. You can find a V8 Charger for around $23,

Mercedes C-Class

The slowest, cheapest Mercedes class has gotten a lot better for It’s slick on the outside, and on the inside, it’s much cleaner, crisper, and makes more sense. It’s got nicer material, has more space and is less complicated. The C has been replaced with the C, and it’s got more power out of a bigger, turbocharged engine making 40 more horsepower, and still gets a decent 34 mpg on the highway. The C-Class by Mercedes has entered a new wave of excellence, and a base model C can be found for around $27,

Acura TLX

Acura’s new generation TLX got a set of upgrades for It got two new VTEC engines, a liter four-cylinder, and a liter V6. A new and rather uncommon technology found its way to the TLX in the way of four-wheel steering. The TLX can also come with the revamped version of Acura’s Super-Handling AWD system, which is supposed to be quite a bit lighter than previous versions. You can find a fully loaded V6 AWD Acura TLX for about $25,

Hyundai Genesis

With the new generation of the Genesis Hyundai wanted to compete with sport luxury giants Audi, BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes. A valiant effort, they reached the horsepower benchmark when Hyundai offered a liter V8 as an option that produced more than horsepower, about as much as the M3. However, it falls short of the M3 in weight, as it is about 1, pounds heavier. It’s a nice car though, displaying a clear understanding of modern luxury mixed with executive practicality. A V8 Hyundai Genesis from can be found for about $30,

Clearly, was a year to remember when considering car redesigns. Sedans especially have invaded the space cultivated by sports cars, and by the looks of it are there to stay, and somehow are preserving their luxurious nature.

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The Car Connection's Best Sedans To Buy

For decades, sedans were choice family vehicles for Americans. Then that role was largely passed over to crossover utility vehicles and minivans

And that's left sedans with more latitude in terms of design and styling. And it's definitely brought a new generation of sedans that are more interesting, with super-swoopy rooflines and sportier driving attributes—even for affordable, mass-market models.

In this bold new field of sedans, which one should you buy? The Car Connection has some help. Finding your way to the best new sedan can be as time-consuming as studying a few of those important factors and letting them lead you through the process.

Or you can take our shortcut. We've looked at the data, we've considered the ratings we apply to every new vehicle we review—and have come up with this buying guide, to help you quickly find the best sedan you should buy.

To qualify as one of our Best Sedan To Buy , a vehicle must:

  • score at least an rating on The Car Connection's full review
  • have a base price of less than $,—twice the amount we allow for our Best Car To Buy competition
  • have no reported score lower than four stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Keep in mind, these sedans may finish with higher scores than our annual Best Car To Buy winner—because that vehicle is chosen from brand-new or significantly changed vehicles in a model year. These rankings pit all vehicles against each other, regardless of how many years they've been on the market, and they're open to every vehicle on sale during the current model year.

After vetting all the sedans offered for the model year, we've narrowed it down to the following set of vehicles, and given our insight in the bottom line from our original review. They're ranked in the order of scoring as of our latest update. Since our reviews are updated frequently for safety data, late model changes, or fuel-economy revisions, the order may change occasionally.

By those standards, these models stack up as the best sedans on the road today:

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 Mercedes-Benz S-Class (S)

Mercedes-Benz S-Class (S)

Mercedes-Benz S Class

With the addition of a beautiful, expressive new Coupe, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is no longer just the best sedan in the world; it's now a family of flagship models.Read more »

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 BMW 7-Series

BMW 7-Series

BMW 7-Series

The BMW 7-Series is exceptionally quick and technologically advanced, but also very luxurious and wonderfully comfortable. Read more »

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 Ford Fusion Energi

Ford Fusion Energi

Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion continues to offer an excellent blend of top-notch safety, solid fuel economy, and stunning good looks–all without compromising on interior space and comfort. Read more »

 Audi A8 L

Audi A8 L

Audi A8

The Audi A8 gains standard LED headlamps, a more powerful twin-turbo V-8, and a more efficient diesel engine for  Read more »

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 BMW M3

BMW M3

BMW M3

Minus the V-8 and almost a couple hundred pounds, the BMW M3 is the best performer yet to wear the vaunted badge. Read more »

 Cadillac ATS

Cadillac ATS

Cadillac ATS

The Cadillac ATS hits all the right marks in handling, performance, quality, comfort, and technology.Read more »

 Cadillac XTS Vsport

Cadillac XTS Vsport

Cadillac XTS

If you're looking for a car that offers comfort, technology, and safety as its greatest virtues, the Cadillac XTS does everything a big luxury sedan should. Read more »

 Infiniti Q70

Infiniti Q70

Infiniti Q70

With a new long-wheelbase model, the Infiniti Q70 sedan range isn't just fast, fun to drive, and ahead of the tech curve--it's a real alternative to the German elbow-throwers. Read more »

 Subaru Legacy R

Subaru Legacy R

Subaru Legacy

The Subaru Legacy smooths over its ruffles, and out-domestics some American family sedans with a big back seat, excellent gas mileage and standard all-wheel drive.Read more »

 Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S has no direct competiton; the electric luxury hatchback is the benchmark among its kind in a market with more than 20 plug-in models. It's likely the most advanced car on the planet.Read more »

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 Audi S3

Audi S3

Audi S3

The Audi S3 sticks its U.S. landing with terrific turbo pull and in-car LTE. Read more »

 Cadillac CTS

Cadillac CTS

Cadillac CTS

The Cadillac CTS sedan is a stunner–especially in V-Sport guise–and it looks great, too.Read more »

 Honda Accord Hybrid

Honda Accord Hybrid

Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is sensible, smart, and frugal, in nearly every way; but it's also surprisingly fun to drive. Read more »

 Jaguar XJ

Jaguar XJ

Jaguar XJ

The Jaguar XJR is an interesting alternative to the usual German large sedans, mixing old world charm with fantastic handling and powertrains. Read more »

 Lexus LS F Sport

Lexus LS F Sport

Lexus LS

You can add a welcome dose of fun to the LS chassis with the F-Sport trim, but Lexus' flagship remains a big, comfortable sedan at its core.Read more »

 Mazda Mazda3

Mazda Mazda3

Mazda MAZDA3

The Mazda 3 is one of the best-driving small cars, with efficient engines and smooth transmissions that help give it a more premium feel than its price would suggest.Read more »

 Volvo S60 Polestar

Volvo S60 Polestar

Volvo S60

The Volvo S60 remains a striking shape with unbeatable safety ratings and equipment, and offers a range of models from quiet and comfortable to flamboyant and edgy.Read more »

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 Audi A6

Audi A6

Audi A6

The Audi A6 builds on an already impressive set of features, abilities, and styling to yield a safe, fun, high-tech luxury sedan.Read more »4

 BMW 3-Series

BMW 3-Series

BMW 3-Series

The BMW 3-Series lineup is a sport sedan at heart, but with Sports Wagon and Gran Turismo (hatchback) models, it's a lot more than that. Read more »

 Chrysler

Chrysler

Chrysler

The Chrysler can fetch a premium for its style and its horsepower--but rear-seat room and handling are better bargains elsewhere. Read more »

 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra

Snappy sheetmetal and smart packaging puts the Hyundai Elantra on most must-drive lists, though it's not as engaging to drive as some compact sedans.Read more »

 Hyundai Sonata T

Hyundai Sonata T

Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata blends in better than ever in the top tier of family sedans. Read more »

 Infiniti Q50

Infiniti Q50

Infiniti Q50

With a hot new look, a Hybrid, some world-first technology, and much-improved cabin refinement--combined with a sharp, eager driving character--the Infiniti Q50 seeks new sport-sedan believers.Read more »

 Kia Optima

Kia Optima

Kia Optima

The Kia Optima meets all your needs in a sensible four-door sedan, but exceeds expectations for more flair and features. Read more »

 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

Mercedes-Benz CLS Class

The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class looks better than ever, offers upgraded tech and safety, and continues to post impressive performance. Read more »

 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E 4MATIC)

Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E 4MATIC)

Mercedes-Benz E Class

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class lineup is many vehicles in one, with comfort and luxury across the board and sporty manners for those who want them. Read more »

Maserati Ghibli

Maserati Ghibli

Maserati Ghibli

The Maserati Ghibli brings Quattroporte-like style and elegance to a smaller, more affordable segment. Read more »

 Nissan Altima

Nissan Altima

Nissan Altima

If you don't mind a CVT, the Nissan Altima is a solid choice that checks off all the boxes.Read more »

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 BMW 5-Series

BMW 5-Series

BMW 5-Series

Whether it's more of a classic sport sedan or a technology-packed tourer you seek, the BMW 5-Series fills both roles admirably.Read more »

 Buick Regal

Buick Regal

Buick Regal

The Regal GS is the best driver's car in the Buick lineup, and it makes for an interesting alternative for cars like the Volvo S Read more »

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Chrysler

The Chrysler adds more style, features, and efficiency to an already confident, capable large family sedan. Read more »

 Hyundai Equus

Hyundai Equus

Hyundai Equus

The Hyundai Equus is a well-priced limousine, while the German competition still has it beat for those who want to pilot their own barge.Read more »

 Jaguar XF

Jaguar XF

Jaguar XF

The Jaguar XF covers a broad range of needs, from the efficient liter turbo model, to the over-the-top XFR-S performance sedan.Read more »

 Lexus GS F

Lexus GS F

Lexus GS

The Lexus GS family offers a classic, conservative sport-sedan profile -- and enough performance to please most -- but overlays it with as much luxury and technology as you please. Read more »

 Toyota Avalon Limited

Toyota Avalon Limited

Toyota Avalon

The Toyota Avalon is no longer just for retirees, although they'll appreciate the attractive design, available fuel-sipping Hybrid, and rejuvenated driving dynamics as much as anyone. Read more »

 Hyundai Azera

Hyundai Azera

Hyundai Azera

The Azera is the big, stylish, luxurious Hyundai for folks who don't want the Genesis's bulk or price tag.Read more »

 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Lincoln MKZ

The MKZ has great potential as a contemporary sports sedan--it's the Lincoln heritage that's missing.Read more »

 Mazda Mazda6

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Mazda MAZDA6

The stunning exterior of the Mazda 6 isn't leading you on; with an athletic driving experience and a lot of sophistication for the money, this a charming sedan with a surprisingly frugal side. Read more »

 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake

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Mercedes-Benz CLA

The CLA is a small Mercedes done right, with enough of the brand's style and refinement mixed with a dash of youthfulness.Read more »

 Subaru WRX

Subaru WRX

Subaru WRX

The Subaru WRX is no quicker than before, but beautifully balanced handling and spot-on steering are better than ever. Read more »

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