Some of the highest-rated vehicles on The Car Connection are family sedans—and for good reason.
They must hit all their marks in terms of fuel economy, interior space, features, safety, even styling.
A few vehicles rise to the top, ready to be challenged by the new Malibu.
Our current favorites include the Subaru Legacy, our Best Car To Buy 2015, with standard all-wheel drive and near-perfect safety scores; the Ford Fusion, our Best Car To Buy 2013, with sleek looks and nimble handling in its corner; the Honda Accord, a perennial favorite that's better than ever in base trim; and the beautiful Mazda 6, which leads in safety and in gas mileage, though it could use more power.
One other very close contender is the new 2016 Kia Optima, a great-looking sedan that feels more smooth and refined than its predecessor in nearly every respect but ends up a bit lacking in charm.
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|2016 Chevrolet MalibuBrowse Used Listings||2016 Ford FusionBrowse Used Listings||2016 Kia OptimaBrowse Used Listings||2016 Subaru LegacyBrowse Used Listings|
|22 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded H-4|
|Midsize Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars|
|4-Door Sedan L w/1VL||4-Door Sedan S FWD||4-Door Sedan LX Turbo||4-Door Sedan 2.5i|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||CVT w/OD|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2016 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2016 Ford Fusion||2016 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2016 Kia Optima||2016 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2016 Subaru Legacy|