2011 Nissan Altima sedanEnlarge Photo
Nissan Altima – For calendar 2010, the mid-size Nissan Altima closed out the year with 229,263 sales, up 12.6 percent over previous year sales of 203,568. The 2011 model has impressive EPA-estimated 23 mpg city/32 mpg highway, and MSRP starting at $19,900. Read Bengt Halvorson’s review of the 2010 Nissan Altima in The Car Connection and see why editors give Altima an 8.2 (out of 10) overall rating.
2011 Ford FusionEnlarge Photo
Ford Fusion – Refreshed for 2010, winning Motor Trend Car of the Year for 2010 and a Consumer Guide Best Buy helped propel Ford Fusion to number six in the best-selling cars in 2010 with sales of 219,219. Sales in 2009 totaled 180,671. Crisp handling, three engines, available all-wheel drive, and impressive fuel economy (EPA-estimated 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway in base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine), and available hybrid, are other compelling selling points for the 2011 Fusion. Check out The Car Connection review of the 2010 Ford Fusion, where editors give it an 8.8 (out of 10) overall rating.
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Chevrolet Malibu – An affordable mid-size sedan that’s perfect for the family, the Chevrolet Malibu chalked up 198,770 sales in 2010. That’s up 23 percent from 2009 sales of 161,568. But Malibu also competes in a highly-competitive segment with Honda Accord, Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata – and its base starting MSRP is higher. Still, Malibu has a high level of refinement, well-balanced ride, and pleasing two-tone interior. See Bengt Halvorson’s review of the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu in The Car Connection.