Last year's redesign of the Nissan Altima couldn't have come a moment too soon.
With all of the usual contenders having new or recently overhauled models on the road, Nissan was losing its foothold on the market.
The Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima have carved a huge piece of business out of the family-sedan segment with tremendous value and strong design language, as well as great gas mileage; we're split on which one will hold its visual appeal longer.
While the 2012 redesign of the Toyota Camry didn't bring fireworks, it did bring better gas mileage and car that feels better-built.
There's also the Chevy Malibu, which debuted with a mild-hybrid model for 2013, but that's nowhere near as efficient as the new Ford Fusion's plug-in Hybrid Energi model.
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|22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 47 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Gas I4|
|Mid-Size Cars||Midsize Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Large Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Midsize|
|4-Door Sedan I4 2.5||4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS||4-Door Sedan S FWD||4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS||4-Door Sedan LX||4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|CVT w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/Manual Shift|