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: $21,680 - $30,975
  • MPG: 27 City / 36 Hwy

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2017 Chevrolet Malibu

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu may have a short list of standard features and lackluster performance, but it has a lower price than other classmates. It also has a ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.0
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 4_5
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Toyota Camry Image
  • MSRP: $23,070 - $31,370
  • MPG: 24 City / 33 Hwy

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2017 Toyota Camry

The 2017 Toyota Camry offers great value when you move beyond the base trim. The Camry is consistently one of the best-selling cars in ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.0
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 5_0
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Hyundai Sonata Image
  • MSRP: $21,600 - $34,350
  • MPG: 25 City / 36 Hwy

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2017 Hyundai Sonata

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata has a long list of standard and available features and delivers a smooth ride. It gets excellent gas mileage, and ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:7.6
Interior:8.5
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 4_0
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Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Image
  • MSRP: $27,875 - $27,875
  • MPG: 49 City / 43 Hwy

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2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is not only one of the best hybrid vehicles on the market, it’s one of the best midsize cars. ... Read full review»

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U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.3
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 4_5
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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

Honda has reintroduced the Accord Hybrid for 2017, and it places near the top of our midsize car rankings. The ride is comfortable and ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.6
Reliability: 4_0
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Toyota Camry Hybrid Image
  • MSRP: $26,790 - $30,140
  • MPG: 42 City / 38 Hwy

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2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid

The 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid is a class leader in reliability and safety scores, and it has a spacious interior and a comfortable ride. ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 5_0
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Kia Optima Image
  • MSRP: $22,200 - $36,090
  • MPG: 25 (Est) City / 36 (Est) Hwy

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2017 Kia Optima

The 2017 Kia Optima has a below-average starting price of $22,200, yet it comes with many of the same standard features offered by more ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.4
Interior:8.6
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 4_0
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Honda Accord Image
  • MSRP: $22,455 - $34,930
  • MPG: 23 City / 32 Hwy

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2017 Honda Accord

The 2017 Honda Accord is a great choice for buyers who want a comfortable, feature-filled, and reliable midsize car. The Accord sips less fuel ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.3
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.6
Reliability: 3_0
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Mazda Mazda6 Image
  • MSRP: $21,945 - $30,695
  • MPG: 24 City / 34 Hwy

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2017 Mazda Mazda6

If you think of midsize sedans as only boring family cars, the 2017 Mazda6 may change your mind. Its incredibly sharp handling, responsive steering, ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 2_5
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Ford Fusion Hybrid Image
  • MSRP: $25,295 - $37,275
  • MPG: 43 (Est) City / 41 (Est) Hwy

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2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid

* 2017 pricing; 2018 pricing not available

The 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid has good fuel economy and athletic handling. It offers a spacious, high-quality cabin – with luxurious materials in higher ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.6
Interior:8.0
Safety:N/A
Reliability: N/A
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Nissan Altima Image
  • MSRP: $22,500 - $32,990
  • MPG: 27 City / 39 Hwy

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2017 Nissan Altima

The 2017 Nissan Altima hasn’t been redesigned since 2013, and it’s showing its age. While it has outstanding fuel economy and exceptionally comfortable seats, ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.0
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 4_0
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Ford Fusion Image
  • MSRP: $22,120 - $38,895
  • MPG: 21 (Est) City / 32 (Est) Hwy

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2018 Ford Fusion

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The 2018 Ford Fusion is a well-rounded car, with capable performance and a roomy and well-appointed interior. But in the competitive midsize car class, ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.5
Interior:8.1
Safety:N/A
Reliability: N/A
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Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Image
  • MSRP: $26,000 - $38,600
  • MPG: 39 City / 45 Hwy

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2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid features good fuel economy, a comfortable and well-equipped interior, and decent performance. Its lower ranking is less indicative of ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.7
Interior:8.3
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 4_0
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Kia Optima Hybrid Image
  • MSRP: $25,995 - $35,210
  • MPG: 39 City / 46 Hwy

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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid

The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid has a low price for a hybrid midsize sedan and delivers exceptional fuel economy, especially on the highway. Its ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.6
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 4_0
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Subaru Legacy Image
  • MSRP: $21,995 - $31,640
  • MPG: 25 City / 34 Hwy

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2017 Subaru Legacy

The 2017 Subaru Legacy is a safe, feature-packed, reasonably priced midsize car. It’s also the only model in its class that comes standard with ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.1
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_5
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Volkswagen Passat Image
  • MSRP: $22,440 - $33,995
  • MPG: 23 City / 34 Hwy

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2017 Volkswagen Passat

The 2017 Volkswagen Passat offers a decent value in the competitive midsize class, and it impresses shoppers with its quiet and upscale cabin, spacious ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.0
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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Buick Regal Image
  • MSRP: $27,065 - $36,540
  • MPG: 19 City / 30 Hwy

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2017 Buick Regal

The 2017 Buick Regal faces strong and steady competition in the affordable midsize car class. It displays a decent blend of performance, space, and ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_5
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Ford Fusion Energi Image
  • MSRP: $33,305 - $41,305
  • MPG: N/A

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2018 Ford Fusion Energi

* 2017 pricing; 2018 pricing not available

The 2018 Ford Fusion Energi offers an upscale cabin, good head- and legroom for passengers, and an easy-to-use infotainment system. However, it has a ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.4
Safety:N/A
Reliability: N/A
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Chrysler 200 Image
  • MSRP: $22,115 - $31,785
  • MPG: 23 City / 36 Hwy

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2017 Chrysler 200

The 2017 Chrysler 200 has an upscale interior and a large trunk, and it gets decent gas mileage. However, it has a poor reliability ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 2_0
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More on Midsize Cars

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.