10 Most Popular Midsize Cars

Christian Wardlaw | May 02, 2019

Midsize cars remain a good choice for a family. Compared to an SUV, the primary compromises relate to maximum cargo space and ground clearance. Otherwise, the offer just as much passenger room and get better gas mileage, and at a lower price. In this guide, you’ll learn more about the 10 best-selling midsize cars in America, listed in reverse order of sales popularity*, from the 10th most popular to the most popular.

*Popularity based on calendar-year sales for 2018

2018 Mazda 6 photo

10. Mazda 6 (30,938)

Aimed at customers who value style, performance, and an upscale look and feel, the Mazda Mazda6 is available in a range of trim levels and with a choice between a normally aspirated and turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Basic Sport trim still offers a manual gearbox if you want one, while Signature trim credibly competes with entry-luxury vehicles.

9. Subaru Legacy (40,109)

Equipped with standard all-wheel drive, the Subaru Legacy is an increasingly popular choice outside of its traditional snow-bound markets. The Legacy comes in standard, Sport, and Limited trim, most equipped with a 2.5-liter boxer-style 4-cylinder engine. A boxer-style 3.6-liter 6-cylinder is offered only with Limited trim. A continuously variable transmission feeds the power to the Legacy’s wheels.

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8. Volkswagen Passat (41,397)

As roomy inside as a full-size car and built in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Volkswagen Passat lineup is scaled down to two trim levels for 2019: Wolfsburg and SE R-Line. Volkswagen also drops the available V6 engine in favor of a turbocharged 4-cylinder. But this doesn’t mean the Passat is entering its final days. A substantially updated model is coming for 2020.

7. Kia Optima (101,603)

Made in Georgia and sold with 4-cylinder, turbocharged 4-cylinder, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid power plants, the Kia Optima lineup offers something for everyone. Stylish and loaded with value, the Optima is an appealing midsize car. Plus, it’s backed by one of the best warranty programs you can find.

2020 Hyundai Sonata photo

6. Hyundai Sonata (105,118)

As roomy inside as a full-size car, and built in Alabama, the Hyundai Sonata offers value and variety. You can get a normally aspirated or a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, and if you’d prefer a more efficient Sonata there are hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains to choose from. With industry leading warranty and free connected service trials, the Sonata is worthy of consideration.

5. Chevrolet Malibu (144,542)

Chevy’s stylish Malibu offers a choice between two turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and a hybrid powertrain, and comes in trims ranging from basic to sporty to upscale. Featuring capable driving dynamics and a long list of available driver assistance technologies, there are few reasons not to choose a new ‘Bu.

4. Ford Fusion (173,600)

Like many of its competitors, the stylish Ford Fusion offers hybrid and plug-in hybrid alternatives to its standard range of normally aspirated and turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. However, the Fusion is also available with all-wheel drive and in a performance-tuned Sport trim with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine.

2019 Nissan Altima photo

3. Nissan Altima (209,146)

Redesigned for 2019, the all-new Altima gets a new 2.5-liter and new turbocharged 2.0-liter engine this year, as well as an available all-wheel-drive system. Trims include S, SR, SV, SL, and Platinum. Nissan also plans to offer an Altima Edition One model with the turbocharged engine and exclusive features and details.

2. Honda Accord (291,071)

Redesigned for 2019, the latest Honda Accord offers full-size passenger and cargo accommodations. You’ll choose between two turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and a hybrid powertrain, and select from LX, Hybrid, Sport, EX, EX-L and Touring trim. Honda even offers a manual transmission in the affordable and racy-looking Sport version of the car.

1. Toyota Camry (343,439)

The most popular midsize car in America is the Toyota Camry. It comes with a 4-cylinder or a V6 engine, or with a hybrid drivetrain approaching Prius levels of efficiency. Trim levels include L, LE, and XLE, but if you’re looking for something sporty looking and more fun to drive, consider the SE or XSE.

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