This year's sedan nominees for our Best Car To Buy award include the Chevrolet Impala, Mazda 3, and Mazda6. Each of these earn an Overall Score of at least 8.0 in our full reviews; we rate every vehicle for Styling, Performance, Safety, and Features, and while it's all figured in, you can browse those individual sections on every vehicle based on what's more important to you. It's also worth noting that several missed the cut.
We should note that in order to be a nominee, a vehicle model also needed to have a starting price under $50,000. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class, for example, sure didn't make that cutoff, even though it's one of our top-rated vehicles—and, surely, one of the contenders over at Motor Authority. This also doesn't include what we'd deem our luxury nominees—those models that are sold under a premium badge, or at a premium price that still falls within the $50k cutoff. We'll get to those nominees in an upcoming post.
All three of our sedan nominees are dramatically improved from what they were just a model year or two ago, and they represent to high achievers among this year's new models. Scroll through the following pages to see a summary of our 2014 Best Car To Buy Nominees, and check back for plenty more leading up to our big November 12 announcement.