4th Place – Ford Fusion
The Ford Fusion has a handful of innovations including MyKey programmable driver settings, SYNC 3 infotainment, and available voice-activated navigation. It’s overwhelming to decipher the options to choose from, especially when there are 12 trim levels! Base models are well-stocked on power features, while a Fusion hybrid model achieves great economy. The Energi trims are EV cars, tackling affordable electric car technology head-on.
If you want a little extra fun from your Fusion, choose the new Fusion Sport. Its 325-horsepower 2.7-liter Ecoboost V-6 and Intelligent AWD make this Fusion akin to a Mustang in performance, but with 4 doors and a roomy backseat.
3rd Place – Nissan Altima
You’re probably not going to find one specific thing that drives the Nissan Altima near the top of the 10-best midsize cars. It’s a modest car in appearance and performance, doing nothing in particular to stand out in a crowd. Sure, the Altima does the CVT transmission well, after some initial trials. And the available 270-hp 3.5-liter engine is enjoyable to drive, though not quite class-leading.
What gets Altima in the top three is a good blend of everything. Its comfy interior, intuitive controls, reliable powertrain, and above average looks do the trick!
2nd Place – Honda Accord
Always at the cutting edge of technology and affordable performance, the Honda Accord is consistently a class leader. One of the few to still include an optional stick-shift, the Accord Sport prides itself on a driving experience. Efficiency is enhanced with the CVT tranny, but it’s not always about the best fuel economy for car enthusiasts.
For a real treat, you’ll choose the EX-L V-6, equipped with a 278-hp 3.5-liter engine. It smokes the tires with its simple 6-speed automatic. Or, choose the Accord Coupe V-6 with an available six-speed manual for raw thrills and some extra sportiness.View on One Page