Midsize cars are one of the most popular types of vehicles with consumers, and with good reason. When it comes to commuting, hauling the kids around town, or road-tripping, few types of cars balance space, comfort, fuel economy, and performance as well as the best midsize cars do.

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Chevrolet Malibu Image
  • MSRP: $21,625 - $30,920
  • MPG: 27 City / 37 Hwy

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu

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Following a full redesign, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is now among the best cars in the highly competitive midsize sedan class, based on the ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 4_5

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Honda Accord Image
  • MSRP: $22,205 - $34,680
  • MPG: 23 City / 34 Hwy

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2016 Honda Accord

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The 2016 Honda Accord is a great choice for commuting or driving your family around, our research shows. It has an upscale interior with ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.1
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.6
Reliability: 4_0
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Hyundai Sonata Image
  • MSRP: $21,750 - $34,075
  • MPG: 25 City / 38 Hwy

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2016 Hyundai Sonata

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The 2016 Hyundai Sonata hits a lot of chords that harmonize well together. Based on our analysis of car reviews and data, you will ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:7.6
Interior:8.6
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 4_0
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Toyota Camry Image
  • MSRP: $23,070 - $31,370
  • MPG: 25 City / 35 Hwy

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2016 Toyota Camry

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The 2016 Toyota Camry is a paragon of practicality. Its comfortable ride, spacious interior, and solid reliability have made it a perennial best-seller, and ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_5

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Mazda Mazda6 Image
  • MSRP: $21,495 - $30,195
  • MPG: 25 City / 37 Hwy

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2016 Mazda Mazda6

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The 2016 Mazda6 does well in our rankings because it’s a driver’s car, and the professional car reviews that drive our rankings are written ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 3_0
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Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Image
  • MSRP: $27,770 - $27,770
  • MPG: 47 City / 46 Hwy

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

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According to critics, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid’s ride is comfortable, its powertrain smooth, and its fuel efficiency class-leading, but its trunk is small, ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 4_5
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Ford Fusion Hybrid Image
  • MSRP: $25,675 - $31,430
  • MPG: 44 City / 41 Hwy

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2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid

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Our review of the research and data that drive our rankings shows that the 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid sets itself apart not only from ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:8.3
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.2
Reliability: 3_0

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Honda Accord Hybrid Image
  • MSRP: $29,605 - $35,955
  • MPG: 49 City / 47 Hwy

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2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

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For the 2017 model year, Honda has reintroduced the Accord Hybrid, and it places near the top of our midsize car rankings. Our analysis ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:7.9
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.1
Reliability: NA
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Toyota Camry Hybrid Image
  • MSRP: $26,790 - $30,140
  • MPG: 43 City / 39 Hwy

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2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid

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Aside from its powertrain, the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid isn't much different from its gas-only sibling. The biggest difference? Better fuel economy. The Camry ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:7.9
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_5
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Kia Optima Image
  • MSRP: $22,140 - $36,040
  • MPG: 24 City / 35 Hwy

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2016 Kia Optima

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The redesigned 2016 Kia Optima has a spacious interior and a user-friendly infotainment system, auto writers say, though some complain that it has oversensitive ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.4
Interior:8.6
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 4_0
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Ford Fusion Image
  • MSRP: $22,610 - $38,740
  • MPG: 22 City / 34 Hwy

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2017 Ford Fusion

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With its modern cabin, abundance of high-tech features, and sporty performance, the 2017 Ford Fusion offers you a bit more panache than the typical ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.3
Reliability: NA
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Nissan Altima Image
  • MSRP: $22,500 - $32,690
  • MPG: 27 City / 39 Hwy

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2016 Nissan Altima

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The 2016 Altima is improved inside and out, with Nissan upgrading the interior, adding more safety and infotainment options, and fine-tuning the transmission, suspension, ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.2
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 3_5
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Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Image
  • MSRP: $26,000 - $38,600
  • MPG: 40 City / 44 Hwy

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2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Sonata Plug-In Hybrid offer many benefits: a quiet and comfortable interior, class-leading cabin space, and a seamless powertrain. ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.7
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.4
Reliability: 4_0
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Subaru Legacy Image
  • MSRP: $21,745 - $29,945
  • MPG: 26 City / 36 Hwy

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2016 Subaru Legacy

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The 2016 Subaru Legacy's rare combination of standard all-wheel drive, outstanding fuel efficiency, and best-in-class safety score give it an edge in a highly ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.1
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_0
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Volkswagen Passat Image
  • MSRP: $22,440 - $36,835
  • MPG: 25 City / 38 Hwy

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2016 Volkswagen Passat

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The 2016 Volkswagen Passat is a solid overall midsize car, based on the reviews and data that drive our rankings. You won’t mistake the ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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Buick Regal Image
  • MSRP: $27,065 - $36,490
  • MPG: 19 City / 31 Hwy

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2016 Buick Regal

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Drawing on performance elements from its European roots, the 2016 Buick Regal’s nimble handling might surprise anyone who hasn't driven a Buick lately. While ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_5
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Kia Optima Hybrid Image
  • MSRP: $25,995 - $32,195
  • MPG: 36 City / 40 Hwy

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2016 Kia Optima Hybrid

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Critics agree that the 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid falls short of rival hybrids, which can offer more consistent power delivery, roomier rear seats and ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.2
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 4_0
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Chrysler 200 Image
  • MSRP: $22,115 - $31,785
  • MPG: 23 City / 36 Hwy

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2016 Chrysler 200

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With its upscale interior, huge trunk, and intuitive infotainment system, the Chrysler 200 is a tempting car to buy. Our analysis shows, however, that ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.5
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 2_0
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Ford Fusion Energi Image
  • MSRP: $33,900 - $35,730
  • MPG: 40 City / 36 Hwy

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2016 Ford Fusion Energi

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The 2016 Ford Fusion Energi has a small trunk and lower fuel economy than many hybrid rivals, though reviewers appreciate its stylish interior and ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.2
Safety:9.4
Reliability: 3_0
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The best-rated midsize cars earn high marks from reviewers for being pleasant daily drivers with comfortable, well-made interiors, along with user-friendly technology and good fuel economy. Midsize cars with hybrid, electric, and diesel powertrains have become more common, though you’ll want to do the math to see if the fuel savings justify the price of these alternate fuel options.

Other midsize sedans may not be quite as well-rounded but are popular with reviewers for their sporty performance. The best midsize car for you will depend on what features are most important for your needs.

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Our rankings are based on analysis of third party reviews. Sometimes, we are unable to find enough reviews to publish a definitive ranking. Please check back later, as we are constantly updating our reviews.

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.