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Family sedans

The Honda Accord returns to the front of the pack

Consumer Reports magazine: February 2013

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In recent months we’ve seen many of the most popular midsized sedans receive major redesigns or notable freshenings that have altered the landscape in the category. That includes the three models in this month’s report: the Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu, and Subaru Legacy.

Through 2012 our Ratings shifted as we tested redesigns of the Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry, and Volkswagen Passat. Meanwhile, we just bought several redesigned Ford Fusions, and we’re putting them through their paces at our track.

Lost in the flurry of shapely redesigns is the Honda Accord, which looks a lot like its predecessor. With a roomy interior, very efficient and refined drivetrains, a fun-to-drive character, and an attractive list of features, it’s convincing evidence that Honda may be back on track after a string of unimpressive introductions. The new four-cylinder Accord tops its class, edging out the Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry, and the V6 model is challenging the Camry Hybrid and V6 Camry for the top spot among pricier family sedans.

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