Midsize is the Right Size

Midsize is the Right Size

mid_size_sedans_hyundai_sonata_572X389See the ads on television and in the newspaper and it won’t surprise you that the most competitive automotive market in the U.S. As the most popular vehicle segment, the top four sellers in its class could sell each 25,000 or more cars per month at its peak.

Whether you travel alone and need a trusted vehicle to get to and from work or have a family of four you’re hauling to and from the ballpark, for many, the midsize sedan is just the right size.

People who put on a lot of annual miles will love the emphasis on improving fuel economy on these cars. Fewer models are offering V6 engines, opting for turbocharged four-cylinder engines as their performance option. Hybrid electric-gas drivelines are also growing in popularity, which provide a additional savings at the pump, while proving the right comfort for the family. Families will also love the growing list of standard equipment, including active safety features and improving infotainment systems to engage everyone on board.

Which one is right for you? This list shows all of the Midsize Family sedans on sale for the 2014 model year.

chevrolet_malibu_140X140CHEVROLET MALIBU: Though it started off a bit slow, changes for the 2014 model years were addressed for the Malibu to be more competitive. Expect better rear seat room, along with both exterior and interior modifications. The three-engine lineup continues with a 2.5 liter ECOTEC four-cylinder, the eAssist four-cylinder and a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder.
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chrysler_200_140X140CHRYSLER 200: The basic model has been with us since 2006. The refresh and rebranding for 2011 helped turn its fortunes around as one of the better values out in the marketplace. Under the hood, you can choose from a 2.4 liter four or the Pentastar 3.6 liter V6.
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dodge_avenger_140X140DODGE AVENGER: Similar to the Chrysler 200, the basic shape of Dodge’s midsized sedan has not changed for the same period of time. It remains unique amongst its class, but feeling its age despite the 2011 refresh. It also features the 2.4 liter four-cylinder along with the Pentastar 3.6 liter V6.
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ford_fusion_140X140FORD FUSION: A global design philosophy has transformed Ford’s mid-sizer into one of the industry’s hottest products. The Fusion offers a variety of models and drivelines, including two hybrids – in particular the Energi plug-in hybrid. You cannot ignore its looks, let alone the driving experience.
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honda_accord_140X140HONDA ACCORD: Vast improvements mark the new Accord for 2013. With more models available than ever, the Accord can be had with a 2.4 liter four-cylinder or 3.5 liter V6. The addition of the plug-in hybrid brings back a sustainable tack to one of Honda’s most popular models. It is also one of the quietest in its class.
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hyundai_sonata_140X140HYUNDAI SONATA: The Sonata took Hyundai another leap forward in becoming a leader in this industry. The Sonata soldiers on with a choice of a normally aspirated and turbocharged four-cylinder along with a hybrid. It remains a solid favorite amongst Hyundai owners and shoppers alike.
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kia_optima_140X140KIA OPTIMA: Under the guidance of design boss Peter Schreyer, this sedan found new friends amongst its owners. The Optima combines a lot of European design elements inside and out to make it more attractive to even mainstream consumers. It comes in a variety of four-cylinder engines, including a turbocharged version and a hybrid.
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mazda6_140X140MAZDA6: The new 2014 model is one for the enthusiasts. Even with the Skyactiv 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine, the Mazda6 offers a great package of sharp looks and superb driving dynamics. A diesel is coming soon, giving the Mazda6 better fuel economy and strong performance.
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nissan_altima_140X140NISSAN ALTIMA: The new model in 2013 raised the bar for design and performance. There is more than enough space for families and co-workers alike inside, along with its sharp looks. You can get the Altima in a 2.5 liter four-cylinder or the noted VQ 3.5 liter V6.
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subaru_legacy_140X140SUBARU LEGACY: With standard all-wheel drive, this has become the all-climate choice for midsize performance. It offers plenty of space and a solid overall driving experience. Legacy owners choose between four- and six-cylinder boxer engines. If you count the Outback, it is the only mid-sized model today that offers a wagon.
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toyota_camry_140X140TOYOTA CAMRY: The Camry is best selling passenger car in America for the past decade or so. It is also one of the few midsize sedans left that offer a V6, as well as a standard four-cylinder and a hybrid. In this class, the Camry is considered the default for families due to its massive space and solid ride.
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vw-passat_140X140VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT: There is a benefit for creating this global sedan benchmark for this market. For 2014, a new 1.8 liter TSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine is set to replace the standard five-cylinder. You can still get the Passat with a diesel and a V6 to go along with that spacious interior.
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