Popular Midsized Sedans to Avoid and What to Buy Instead

No need to settle for what's trendy. Consider these reliable midsized cars that perform well in CR's tests.

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SUVs have attracted so many more buyers than sedans in recent years that some automakers have cut smaller vehicles from their lineups. But many consumers still prefer the mix of sleek styling and better fuel economy that sedans tend to offer.

However, the car market works in mysterious ways. Often, good cars that perform well in Consumer Reports’ tests don’t sell as well as models with lower Overall Scores.

Here, we focus on models that are popular in their category, then we present two alternatives.

  • A better choice: Another vehicle that sells well but has a higher Overall Score.
  • An “under-the-radar” alternative: A better-scoring model that doesn’t sell as well, in case you aren’t concerned with following the crowd.
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The better choices and under-the-radar alternatives are vehicles recommended by Consumer Reports, meaning they’ve scored well in our road tests, have good reliability ratings, performed well in crash tests, and are available with key active safety features—forward collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB), and blind spot warning (BSW).

Some models include our new Green Choice designation, which highlights the vehicles with the cleanest emissions. You can read more about Green Choice here.

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