Midsize sedans are the vehicular standard for millions of Americans, and each year brings with it new models and discontinued lines as manufacturers calibrate their products to exactly what consumers are looking for. The midsize sedan market is constantly saturated with models from car makers across the world, giving customers a cornucopia of options and the ability to track down the car best tailored to their interests. Popular models from companies like Chevrolet (NYSE:GM), Ford (NYSE:F), Honda (NYSE:HMC), and more have long been customer favorites, but the emergence of newer companies over the past couple of decades have blown the market wide open.
A team over at Motor Trend took the liberty of going in-depth in comparing six of the top models on the market today. The lineup includes the following models: Chevrolet Malibu, Mazda (MAZDY.PK) 6, Kia (KIMTF.PK) Optima, Nissan (NSANY.PK) Altima, Honda Accord, and the Chrysler (FIATY.PK) 200. As Motor Trend lays it out, “each manufacturer was instructed to give us what they consider the best version of their midsizer available for a base price of $26,000 or less, destination fees included. From there, options could be added however they saw fit.”
With a leveled playing field, the team got to work comparing the models across several categories, including ride and handling, performance, efficiency, cockpit/cabin, safety, value, notable features, and cost of ownership. Here are the results of the Motor Trend comparison between six top midsize sedan models in the order their judges placed them.