The Toyota Camry and Honda Accord are the best-sellers of this segment, yet neither of them has played the innovator role in recent years.
The Camry has received a mid-cycle refresh for 2015 that’s brought more adventurous styling and some refinement improvements, but it remains a rather traditional sedan.
The Accord is a handsome sedan in its latest iteration, with surprisingly sporty performance and good interior space.
The Nissan Altima isn’t as sporty as it has been in the past, and it doesn’t quite keep with the segment in safety and features, but it’s very comfortable and spacious.
The Mazda 6 is the way to go if you value driving enjoyment; it’s also one of the sharpest-dressed sedans in this group, gets great fuel economy, and is offered with either manual or automatic transmissions.
Finally, the Hyundai Sonata is very closely related to the Optima; in its latest iteration the Sonata has become a more conservative model, although like the Optima it makes major gains in cabin quiet and comfort.
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|2016 Kia OptimaBrowse Used Listings||2016 Chevrolet MalibuBrowse Used Listings||2016 Hyundai SonataBrowse Used Listings||2016 Subaru LegacyBrowse Used Listings||2016 Toyota CamryBrowse Used Listings|
|22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded H-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Large Cars||Midsize Cars||Large Cars||Midsize Cars||Midsize Cars|
|4-Door Sedan LX Turbo||4-Door Sedan L w/1VL||4-Door Sedan 2.4L PZEV||4-Door Sedan 2.5i||4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LE (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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