Mid-size Sedans

For shoppers in search of family transportation, midsize sedans may represent an ideal solution. These cars are sized right for many families and they also tend to offer a mix of features that's a match for their needs. Many picks in this segment are also quite value-oriented, offering impressive refinement and feature content for a very reasonable price.

Two redesigns of top sellers are the big news in this category. Honda has done over its Accord, and Ford is rolling out a new version of the Fusion. But the competition is stiff here. The Toyota Camry regained its title as the best-selling car in the U.S in 2012. And the Nissan Altima and Hyundai Sonata are also selling well.

The 2012 Chrysler 200 convertible is a good, spacious choice among midsize drop tops, but its 200 sedan sibling faces tougher competition and is thus less appealing.

Sedans are the standard by which all other vehicles are judged. Although sedan prices and sizes vary widely, buyers looking for low-cost transportation will inevitably end up with four doors and a trunk. Low-priced compact and midsize sedans are the cheapest to own; they don't use much gas, they don't cost a lot to insure and their lack of complexity keeps repair bills down. Luxury sedans may come with a limited free maintenance plan, but expect higher costs as they age. Higher-performance sedans often cost more to insure and maintain.

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Mid-size vehicles today usually have wheelbases between 105 inches (2,667 mm) and 110 inches (2,794 mm). Another widely used definition is that of the EPA, which classifies cars between 110 cubic feet (3.11 m3) and 119 cubic feet (3.37 m3) of interior volume as mid-size.

Mid-size cars are the most popular category of cars sold in the United States, with 27.4 percent in the first half of 2012 ahead of crossovers at 19 percent.

The Sedan is the definition of a car built for functionality and practicality over anything else. Not willing to sacrifice size, Sedans, both mid-size and full-size, provide spacious interiors for carrying passengers and large trunks for carrying cargo.

New on the road for 2012 is the 7th generation Camry. While not dramatically new in style it brings with it a much-improved interior, significantly lower curb weight, and new technology like the brand’s Entune telematics system. With a new base 2.5-liter 4-cylidner model it gets a best-in-class (for cars currently on sale) 25/35 mpg rating. Both V6 and Hybrid versions are available, as well as a polished SE trim.

Set to take on the Camry is a new Chevy Malibu, although only the Eco eAssist mild hybrid version is currently available with uncompetitive fuel economy numbers. On the plus side, it delivers a smooth and silent ride.

In the full-size category, the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger gain an 8-speed automatic on the V6, helping improve fuel economy significantly to 31 mpg on the highway.

Ford has also seen the need for added fuel economy, improving its 3.5L V6 option on the 2013 Taurus to deliver a 19/29 mpg rating as well as 25 more hp for a total of 288. In addition, an EcoBoost 2.0-liter 4-cylinder available soon will offer 31 mpg on the highway.

Both those cars have some serious competition from Korea with the new Hyunda Azera. Looking like a larger Sonata, it’s brings plenty of style and lots of standard features, including leather heated front and rear seats and a push-button ignition, all for $32,000.

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