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View the best upscale midsize cars, covering midsize sedans generally priced over $30,000. If you’re looking for a great family car, this is the place to start. Learn more about our rankings.

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2014 BMW 4-Series

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Reviewers say that powerful engine choices and razor-sharp handling make the all-new 2014 BMW 4-Series a joy to drive. Read full review»

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Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:9.3
Interior:7.7
Safety:N/A
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  • MSRP: $30,995 - $44,700
  • MPG: N/A

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2015 Acura TLX

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Even in its base trim, the all-new 2015 Acura TLX impresses test drivers with its nimble handling and long list of high-tech features. Read full review»

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Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:8.3
Interior:8.2
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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2014 BMW 3-Series

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The 2014 BMW 3-Series is considered one of the top performers in the class thanks to its powerful engines and lively handling. Reviewers are also impressed with ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.1
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2014 Lexus IS

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While some sport sedans may be more nimble, auto writers say the redesigned 2014 Lexus IS features a comfortable, upscale cabin, refined handling and ample engine power. Read full review»

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Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.1
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.6
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2014 Cadillac ATS

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Test drivers say that the 2014 Cadillac ATS’ sporty handling and powerful engine options make it capable of hanging with the best German sport sedans. For having the ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.2
Interior:7.2
Safety:10.0
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2014 Audi A4

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Automotive writers agree that the 2014 Audi A4’s upscale interior, comfortable ride and athletic performance make it a smart choice in its class. Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:8.3
Interior:8.2
Safety:9.2
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2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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Test drivers say the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a handsome interior and a composed ride, but rivals offer sportier handling, a peppier base engine or more interior ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:8.1
Interior:7.6
Safety:8.8
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2014 Buick Regal

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The updated 2014 Buick Regal impresses automotive journalists with a wide range of standard features and engine choices, though they say that some cars in the class ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:8.3
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.3
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2014 Infiniti Q50

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While it may not be the most athletic sport sedan, reviewers say the all-new Infiniti Q50 has a powerful engine and a refined, high-tech interior. Read full review»

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.3
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2015 Volvo S60

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The 2015 Volvo S60 offers superb fuel economy, and critics like its robust engine lineup and extraordinarily comfortable front seats. Read full review»

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.7
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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2014 Audi A5

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Though some of its rivals offer more power and sharper handling, reviewers say the 2014 Audi A5 offers a composed ride and an attractive, high-quality interior. Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.1
Interior:7.9
Safety:N/A
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2014 Chevrolet Volt

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Reviewers like the 2014 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid's useful electric-only driving range and composed driving dynamics. Because it has the best combination of positive reviews, price and long-term ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.3
Interior:6.4
Safety:9.3
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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class impresses test drivers with its sporty performance and attractive styling, but some say it makes a few compromises that keep it from being ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:8.3
Interior:6.2
Safety:N/A
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2014 Lexus ES Hybrid

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While the 2014 Lexus ES Hybrid gets great fuel economy and has a comfortable, luxurious interior, reviewers say some shoppers may be turned off by its uninspiring ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.7
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2014 Nissan Maxima

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While test drivers like the 2014 Nissan Maxima’s powerful engine and upscale cabin, they think it’s expensive for a car from a non-luxury brand. Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:8.2
Interior:7.8
Safety:8.3
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2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid

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Auto writers say the 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid has good power, fuel economy and tech features, but some say the quirky steering system is a deal breaker. Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.2
Interior:8.0
Safety:9.3
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2014 Infiniti Q60

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Reviewers are impressed with the 2014 Infiniti Q60’s powerful V6 and athletic handling, but poor rearward visibility, a small trunk and unimpressive fuel economy diminish its overall ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:8.3
Interior:7.4
Safety:N/A
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2014 Lexus ES

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Automotive critics say the 2014 Lexus ES offers room to stretch out and cloud-like comfort, but rival cars are significantly more exciting to drive. Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.2
Performance:7.2
Interior:8.0
Safety:9.7
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  • MSRP: $31,795 - $42,895
  • MPG: 21 City / 32 Hwy

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2014 Volkswagen CC

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The 2014 Volkswagen CC impresses reviewers by offering balanced handling and a refined interior. However, many competitors match the CC’s attributes and also offer more passenger and ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.6
Safety:8.7
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2014 Volkswagen Eos

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The 2014 Volkswagen Eos woos automotive journalists with its nifty retractable hardtop and upscale interior, but it also lacks the athletic handling of other convertibles in the ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.0
Safety:9.4
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2014 BMW 3-Series Hybrid

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Though reviewers say it has sharp handling and plenty of power, the 2014 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 falls short with unimpressive fuel economy and a high base price. Read full review»

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Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:6.7
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.0
Safety:9.0
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2014 Lincoln MKZ

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Most reviewers think the 2014 Lincoln MKZ pales in comparison to its competition due to its lackluster handling, cheap interior materials and confusing infotainment system. Read full review»

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Overall:6.4
Critics' Rating:5.9
Performance:6.4
Interior:6.0
Safety:9.2
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