Comparing the Top Midsize Sedans

While midsize sedans seem to be losing ground crossover SUVs, they still make up the largest segment of the market in terms of yearly sales. This is largely because midsize sedans are comfortable, affordable, and practical. The offer a no frills driving experience so when comparing them against one another the trick is to focus on the pragmatics of the driver experience. That includes comfort, driveability, reliability, and of course, affordability.

 

#1. Affordability

 

In terms of affordability, the class of 2017 midsize sedans all fall between the Chevy Malibu and the Toyota Camry, with the Nissan Altima falling into the midrange. While critics have tended to laud the affordability of driving experience of the Malibu they have been equally tough on the Camry. Toyota for years has produced some of the best vehicles in terms of resale value and reliability the market has to offer, and while that remains more or less true, this year’s Camry lacks some of the driveability that they’ve come to expect from Toyota’s vehicles. Chevy on the other hand continues to produce some of the best selling sedans on the market today, and it does so simply by producing your standard car. Nissan on the other hand likes to add a couple frills to their midsize model and the Altima is one of the sportiest looking midsize sedans on the market right now.

 

#2. Fuel Economy

 

All of this year’s midsize models boast of exceptional fuel efficiency, but this is one area that critics had cause to complain about Chevy’s Malibu, since it occupies the bottom of the list with a still impressive 27 mpg in the city, and 37 on the highway. The Camry and the Altima both get an impressive 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. At the bottom of the list are Volkswagen's Passat and Kia’s Optima with a measly 25 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. This is one key area that driver’s look at when investing in a sedan. Drivers may less concerned with fuel prices than they were a few years back, but they still want the most fuel efficient car in the class. The Camry and Altima top the list here.

 

#3. Overall Driving Experience

 

With midsize sedans you’re always going to find one Persian flaw in the mix as companies try to keep the cost of the vehicles low while providing the best driving experience possible. The Camry offers good safety ratings, good resale value, reliability, and a comfortable ride, while scrimping on the infotainment system and adding a bloated price for the segment. Nissan provides a good overall driving experience, but some are put off by the steering feel. Chevy’s Malibu is a good car with a substandard reputation, and lower than average fuel economy. Volkswagen's Passat has above average driveability, but a lower than usual resale value, while the Kia Optima is average in just about every category.

 

“This year’s Nissan Altima is an attractive choice for drivers in the midsize segment,” says one analyst from Santa Ana, “because it offers a sportier look than its competitors and one of the most fuel efficient vehicles in its class.”