The Chevrolet Malibu entered the market last year redesigned, yet not quite up to snuff with a competitive set that for the most part offered better interior space, quicker acceleration, higher fuel economy, or more dazzling infotainment features--and sometimes all of those things combined.
With a host of changes for 2014, we'll see if Chevy can catch up.
The new Nissan Altima is a formidable piece of work, rated at 38 mpg highway in base trim, and offered with a powerful V-6.
It's no longer as sporty, but its CVT is better than ever, and so are its front seats and ride quality.
The Sonata and Optima are twins under the skin, with similar turbo and hybrid drivetrains on offer; they're the most audacious-looking vehicles in the segment, and have strong value in all versions but especially in base trim.
The Ford Fusion has won our Best Car To Buy award as much for its styling and handling as for its trio of powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid version.
The latest Toyota Camry really doesn't advance the argument that it should be the best-selling car in America, but it is, as much due to its reputation for longevity as for its smooth, unremarkable performance and its high-economy Hybrid companion.
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