Popular Midsized Sedans to Avoid and What to Buy Instead

Instead of settling for what's trendy, consider these reliable midsized cars that perform well in CR's tests

A smiling woman getting out of her midsized sedan.

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, which is why we’ve compiled the list below.

The top sellers in the midsized-sedan segment—the Toyota CamryHonda Accord, Nissan Altima, and Ford Fusion—sit at or near the top of Consumer Reports’ ratings. But sometimes the market works in mysterious ways, and good cars according to CR’s 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, have key advanced safety equipment, and performed well in crash tests.

If you’re a CR member, the list below is already available to you. But if you haven’t signed up, click below and become a member to access this list and all our exclusive ratings and reviews for each vehicle we buy and test. Joining also gives you full access to exclusive ratings on the other products our experts evaluate in several categories, including electronics and home appliances.

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Popular Midsized Car to Avoid