Four Family Sedans To Watch In 2012: Video

March 22, 2012

Some of the most popular family sedans have just undergone refreshes and feature new sheetmetal, powertrains, and technology. We took a moment to talk about these cars in this video of four family cars to watch in 2012.

Of course, two of the most popular family sedans were just reinvented for the 2012 model year, and both the 2012 Toyota Camry and 2012 Volkswagen Passat offer high-fuel economy models in the form of the Camry Hybrid and Passat TDI.

Next we take an in-depth look at the new 2013 Ford Fusion. With styling cues from Aston Martin, Jaguar, and Audi, the new Fusion is definitely a stunner. With high-tech powertrains ranging from twin-turbo direct-injection four-cylinder gasoline engines to hybrids and range-extended electric, there's going to be a Fusion for everyone's needs. Inside the Fusion you'll find the controversial  MyFord Touch infotainment system among a host of other high-tech features.

Moving along we talk about the new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. Launched first by the Eco model, the new 2.5-liter four-cylinder and turbo models will be following soon. We've actually driven the new Malibu and think it has some of the best steering feel in its class. The interior features the new Chevy MyLink infotainment system which is easy to use. The rear seat legroom is a bit tight, but the front seats are comfortable.

We then discussed the new 2013 Honda Accord which will launch later this year. Featuring a choice among a naturally aspirated four-cylinder, V-6, and a hybrid powertrain, the new Accord is looking to keep up with the Camry. By cleaning up the styling and adding a plug-in hybrid, it's clear Honda senses it's slipping in the face of competition. The Accord will remain a large sedan in this class, but its styling slims it down a bit, and fuel economy looks ready to take a leap forward.

We don't have much to show you when it comes to the new 2013 Nissan Altima--we're waiting for it to be revealed at the New York Auto Show. We do know it will feature a new hybrid powertrain which incorporates a small supercharged four-cylinder and a lithium-ion battery pack. Styling is likely to be aggressive and Nissan is talking about either matching, or beating the competition's fuel economy ratings.

Take a look here, and let us know in the comments which of these sedans you would be most likely to purchase, and why.

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