All the top-selling family sedans are new or recently revamped, and the 2013 Nissan Altima arrives soon after a pair of strong-selling Koreans and just as a trio of American-built four-doors are ramping up production.
The Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima have carved a huge piece of business out of the family-sedan segment with tremendous value and strong design language, as well as great gas mileage; we're split on which one will hold its visual appeal longer.
The Toyota Camry was new for the 2012 model year, and while its looks didn't necessarily advance its backstory, its gas mileage did, and it does feel a bit more substantial and refined than before.
The Chevy Malibu emerges new for the 2013 model year, first as an Eco mild hybrid, with good but not excellent fuel economy; its rear seat is significantly smaller than before.
Coming up later this year is the new Ford Fusion, which promises not only class-leading fuel economy, but a plug-in hybrid version that could be, in all but name, Ford's answer to the Chevy Volt.
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|22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy|
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|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Continuously Variable Ratio||Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift|
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