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CR’s Ratings include road test results and safety information. Reliability and owner satisfaction Ratings are based on surveys of millions of subscribers.
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  • Overall Score
    The Highs, Lows, and Overall Rating refer to the model and trim line that we tested. A model earns the "CR Recommended" label by Consumer Reports when it has performed well in our tests, our subscriber -survey data indicate that it should be at least average in reliability, and has performed at least adequately in any government and/or insurance-industry crash tests or government rollover test, if tested. There are several reasons why a model would have no designation: It wasn't tested recently; it didn't test well; it did poorly in a crash test or tip-up in the rollover test; it has a below-average reliability record; it'S too new to have reliability data; or we have insufficeint reliability data.
  • Predicted Reliability
    Predicted reliability is our forecast of how well a model is likely to hold up derived from our latest Annual Car Reliability Survey. We averaged a model's Used Car Verdict for the newest three years, provided the model did not change significantly during that time. Refer to Reliability History for more detailed explanation.
  • Owner Satisfaction
    Indicates percentage of owners surveyed who would definitely purchase the same vehicle again.
  • Accident Avoidance
    A composite score of CR's test results for braking performance, emergency handling, acceleration, driving position, visibility, and seat comfort. Braking and emergency handling carry the most weight.
  • Overall (Mpg)
    Overall MPG (overall mileage) is CR's measurement based on a realistic mix of highway, country-road, and city driving.



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Sedans remain a popular car type, providing a good balance of cost, comfort, and efficiency. Sedans span a wide range of cost and performance. Our best overall lists show those with the highest overall test scores, regardless of class.

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Sedan buying guide

The classic sedan body style covers a broad range of cars with varying levels of comfort, fuel economy, overall quality, performance, and reliability. Because of the diversity of size and price, the traditional four-door, five-passenger sedan remains among the broadest car categories, but the growth of SUVs as all-purpose family transport has eroded sedans' long-held marketplace dominance. Common midsized sedans are priced from about $22,000 to $32,000 and offer a good balance of cost, function, and safety, addressing the needs of many drivers. Often called family sedans, midsized models such as the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry are among the biggest sellers, and they all excel at the segment's virtues.

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