Instead of purchasing a large truck or SUV, American families are now more inclined in buying a smaller alternative for family transport.
Midsize sedans are presumably more comfortable and easier to drive and maneuver on tight parking spaces compared to a bulky SUV. If all you need is to carry five passengers and a small amount of stuff, then a midsize sedan is more than willing to tackle the job.
Perhaps the biggest reason for buying a normal sedan is the fuel economy. The 5 best and most affordable midsize sedans in our list all average more than 20 MPG in city driving, and not less than 29 MPG on the highway. With today’s fuel prices, it helps to have a car that utilizes every drop of fuel in an economical manner.
1. Ford Fusion and Ford Fusion Hybrid
Say hello to the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi on the picture above. This new model of the Ford Fusion will serve as the benchmark for other family sedans in the near future. Although the Fusion Energi is a plug-in hybrid, Ford promises that the new EcoBoost gas engines on the conventional Fusion will be better and more economical than the 23/33 city and highway rating of the old car. Regardless of the case, the 2012 Ford Fusion is still one of the best midsize sedans in America.
2. Chevrolet Malibu
The Chevrolet Malibu is a wonderful family car. It has a subtle yet aggressive design. It is also spacious, well-equipped, and rides comfortably even on rutted city roads. The cabin is also premium in design. The Malibu is also more affordable at around $22,100.
3. Hyundai Sonata
The Hyundai Sonata offers a lot of standard features for the $19,795 base price. It has a direct-injected gasoline engine that gets 35 MPG on the highway. You also get electronic stability control and a host of airbags for an increased margin of safety.
4. Kia Optima
Yet another Korean car managed to make it to our list of the 5 best midsize sedans. This is further proof that style, value, and standard features need not be sacrificed in order to drive a decent car. Starting at just $21,000, the Kia Optima is more than a decent alternative; it is a car that deserves your attention.
5. Volkswagen Passat
Quality, engineering, and style: this is what you get from the Volkswagen Passat. With a base price of less than $20,000 the Passat offers more than just exceptional quality. It has a refined and luxurious interior and offers tons of space for four adult passengers. The Passat is also available with a diesel engine that averages 43 highway miles per gallon.
If you are searching for a new car, try asking for multiple price quotes online in order to know the latest new car prices. This enables you to compare prices and find the best deals without leaving home.