The mid-size sedan market is one of the most competitive segments an automaker can be in, and most of the major players have recently updated or completely redone their entries. Here's a quick look at some of the new mid-size family sedan to check out in 2013:
The 2013 Ford Fusion is making noise with its standout design. It's part Aston Martin, part Jaguar, and part Audi, but you'll find a blue oval badge on the front. Available exclusively with four-cylinder powertrains, there's a base four-cylinder, two EcoBoost four-cylinders engines with direct injection and turbochargers, a hybrid, and even a plug-in hybrid. Fuel economy ratings range from 34 mpg on the highway for the base model, to 47 mpg across the board on the hybrid model.
Chevrolet redesigned the Malibu for 2013 with fresh styling, with some Camaro influence on the rear and the interior. Some models feature Chevy's MyLink infotainment system, and all powertrains are four-cylinders, including the base 2.5-liter, Eco mild-hybrid model, and the 2.0-liter turbo. Fuel economy ratings range from 34 mpg on the highway in the base model to 37 mpg on the highway with the Eco mild-hybrid model.
The Honda Accord is new for 2013 and it's one of the few models in the mid-size segment that still offers a V-6 engine, not to mention a coupe body style. Fuel economy ranges from 36 mpg on the highway with the four-cylinder and CVT to 34 mpg on the highway with the V-6. A hybrid and a plug-in hybrid model are coming; the plug-in hybrid will have a 115 MPGe rating. Interior materials are much nicer than the last generation while the styling has been smoothed out.
The 2013 Nissan Altima is new and also retains a V-6 option. But the most impressive thing about the new Altima? It has a 38-mpg highway rating with the four-cylinder and CVT. Opt for the V-6 engine and you'll drop that rating to 31 mpg on the highway. The Altima features a very large interior, and a controlled ride. The design is swoopy with a bit of Infiniti influence. A hybrid model could be joining the lineup in the future.
Last but not least we have the new 2014 Mazda 6. It's another player in this category that has ditched the V-6 in favor of four-cylinders. The base engine will be a 2.5-liter four with SkyActiv technology and a six-speed automatic transmission. A 2.2-liter clean diesel engine will be offered as well. Interior materials have been substantially upgraded over the last generation, and the styling now features Mazda's new Kodo design language.
So there you have it. The five new, and substantially updated mid-size sedans for 2013. Now the only question is, which one suits you best? Let us know in the comments below.