The 2018 Ford Fusion is more expensive that many rivals, but still sits atop the segment with its comely shape and its strong performance.
The price leader is the Nissan Altima, with a comfortable ride and an impressive equipment list even in the base model.
The new Chevy Malibu is a strong competitor, with elegant looks, fuel-efficient engines and a strong hybrid model at last, and superlative noise suppression and ride quality.
A new Honda Accord arrives this year, with long and sleek lines and a returned Hybrid model to go with its reputation for reliability.
The Kia Optima's latest generation looks just like its predecessor, but refinement and features are both upgraded.
The Hyundai Sonata has moved toward the Fusion in features and design, though it's not quite at the same level—but it may be better value for money.
Finally, the Mazda6 may be the one entry that's equally as attractive as the Fusion; it costs less and drives even better, but Ford dealers are everywhere and Mazda dealers aren't.
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