7th Place – Kia Optima
Perhaps the most surprising midsize sedan is the Kia Optima. It makes the list on merit, not just on its price. The former bargain brand has manufactured one of the best bang-for-your-buck sedans on the market. Slide inside, and you’ll immediately see why. All the tech features and conveniences, from the panoramic sunroof to the Harmon Kardon sound system, are accented by chrome bits and available quilted leather seats. It’s fun and sexy.
That fun factor carries into the engine bay too. The Optima has a 245-hp, 2.0-liter turbo option paired with a 7-speed DCT transmission that really plays to the race car driver in everyone.
6th Place – Hyundai Sonata
The Optima’s sister car, the Sonata, fittingly makes the top-10 list as well. You can get everything you want in your family midsize sedan in the Sonata, from basic power equipment in the SE trim to the mind-blowing features available in the Limited 2.0T model. Dynamic Bending HID headlights, available touchscreen navigation, and an Infiniti sound system are tucked into the Sonata Limited 2.0T.
Also like the Kia Optima, the Hyundai Sonata 2.0T has that turbo engine under the hood. 245 ponies of playful power turn this family car into a sports sedan.
5th Place – Chevrolet Malibu
The Malibu has been named the J.D. Power “Most Dependable Midsize Car”, contributing to its high-ranking sales. Compared to its predecessor from a decade ago, this Malibu is astounding. The sleek, sexy interior is very refined, even in the base model. Its powertrain choices make it configurable for everyone, including its own 250-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and a 9-speed auto gearbox.
High technology is applied throughout the vehicle, from MyLink infotainment to Teen Driver Monitoring Technology to an available Hybrid model with almost 50 mpg.View on One Page