The midsize sedan segment has historically been the most star studded and consistent group in automotive. Industry mainstays the Camry and the Accord have been overtaken by the Fusion's consistency and the Sonata's resurgence in recent years with technological innovations and a design-centric approach. Which midsize sedans can we argue are top 3? Here is our compilation based on an aggregate score of value, innovation, reliability, and performance.
2012 Ford Fusion
The Fusion earns points for its all-around performance. It comes with the choice of three engines (one four-cylinder and two all-wheel-drive V6s for 175HP, 240HP, and 263HP, respectively). Its class leading interior is headlined by Ford SYNC, MyKey for speed monitoring (topping at 80 mph with volume controls and audible alerts when running low on gas) and a massive 16,5 cubic feet of trunk space with split folded rear seats. Other notables include a IIHS Top Safety Pick distinction and a nod from JD Power and Associates for reliability.
2012 Hyundai Sonata
The Sonata has quickly earned an industry reputation as a "luxury as standard" provider, paving the way for several midsize firsts. Starting at $19,000, its defined by class leading fuel economy (24/35 mpg), the longest power train warranty in its class (10 years, 100,000 miles), an iIHS Top Safety Pick distinction, and one of the most recognized exteriors in its class best characterized as sculpted fluidity with highly accented lines along the passenger doors. New for 2012 is the Blue Link telematics system. To learn more about Blue Link, visit http://www.hyundaiusa.com/technology/bluelink/
2012 Toyota Prius
The Prius is the crown jewel of the midsize class with its fuel economy (51/48). Although sluggish handling, non engaging acceleration, and bland Camry-like drive won't win the next North American Car of the Year award, the Prius earns its bread with tons of cabin/cargo space (a class leading 21.6 cubic feet), an IIHS Top Safety Pick, solid reliability scores, and a futuristic looking console and Touch Tracer display with touch sensors on the steering wheel to manipulate radio volume and trip controls.