We're glad we're not in the mid-size sedan business, mostly because we don't know how any automaker makes money on them right now.
Top to bottom, the segment is full of solid picks, representing good value at every stop.
The Subaru Legacy is one such steal, and was a former Best Car To Buy pick for The Car Connection.
We like the Chevy's powertrains a little more, but the standard all-wheel drive there is a compelling pick.
The Ford Fusion can be more fun to drive—especially in Sport trim—but we like the Chevy's 2.0-liter turbo engine a little more.
The Honda is a little more composed on the road, same goes for the Mazda 6, while the Kia is a little bit of a better value.
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|2017 Chevrolet MalibuBrowse Used Listings||2017 Ford FusionBrowse Used Listings||2017 Kia OptimaBrowse Used Listings||2017 Mazda MAZDA6Browse Used Listings||2017 Subaru LegacyBrowse Used Listings|
|22 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded H-4|
|Midsize Cars||Midsize Cars||Large Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars|
|4-Door Sedan L w/1VL||S FWD||LX 1.6T DCT||2017.5 Sport Manual||2.5i|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel|
|Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||CVT w/OD|
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|2017 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2017 Ford Fusion||2017 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2017 Kia Optima||2017 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2017 Mazda MAZDA6||2017 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2017 Subaru Legacy|