US News Car Rankings 1-10
The new US News car rankings report is out, and there are quite some surprises on where they have put our favorite cars, such as the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. According to various news sources e.g. forbes the best selling car in the class for 10 years straight has been the Toyota Camry.
In spite of the recent success of the Camry, the Accord has surpassed the Camry in the rankings report put out by the US News Car Rankings Report for 2012.
Here is the US News Car Rankings Report for Affordable Midsized Cars:
#1 Ford Fusion [9.1]
The Ford Fusion has been an up and coming car for almost 10 years, and with the recent changes to the interior and the modern exteriors, there is good reason for the Fusion to take the top spot in the US News Car Rankings Report. Note that the MPG of the fusion hybrid is much higher than that of the regular fusion, but various reports such as the one posted by Car and Driver show that the Fusion Hybrid may actually not be worth investing in.
#2 Ford Fusion Hybrid [9.1]
The Ford Fusion Hybrid has passed the huge milestone of 40 MPG, which seems to be a huge Marketing point for Car Companies as of late, with countless commercials emphasizing the excellent 40+ elite MPG club. The fusion price tag for the hybrid is almost 10 thousand dollars more than that of the regular model, and it is hard to justify the price tag from a purely economical point, especially if you are leasing the car.
#3 Hyundai Sonata [8.9]
The Hyundai Sonata has best in class interior in my opinion, with one of the smoothest looking dashboards and plush seating. The car comes short of the Fusion in safety and performance, with slower acceleration and passing speeds, in addition to a less sporty driving feel.
#4 Mazda 6 [8.8]
The Mazda 6 drives very similar to the Toyota Camry, with smooth handling and a very unpunished, if uninspiring ride. I would have not placed this car so highly on the list, the car falls short in many places, especially in passing power and handling.
#5 Chevorlet Malibu [8.7]
The Chevy Malibu is one of the most undesired cars in Los Angeles, California, which is ironic judging by the LA based name. The car has a very plush interior and the driving feel is nice, but comes short in pricing and in road noise, which is surprisingly pronounced.
#6 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid [8.7]
Not much to say about the sister of the 3rd place Sonata, except almost no reason whatsoever in the economical department to opt for the hybrid. The pricing gap is simply too large to warrant the huge price tag.
#7 Toyota Prius [8.5]
Americas up and coming favorite car from Toyota, according to the dealer themselves, and with good reason. The Prius has climbed in sales at quickening rates, and according the the trends it is only a matter of time before the Prius becomes the new Camry.
#8 Volkswagen Passat [8.5]
VW has come out with the brand new, all new Volkswagen Passat, which they claim has been created to fit to our “American Taste”. The car is very standard looking, if almost plain, and the driving feel is mostly dry. The car comes in at a very reasonable price, however, with a starting base price of only $19,995, one of the most affordable cars in the class, despite the import status from VW land.
#9 Honda Accord [8.4]
The long time runner up to Americas top choice Camry, the Accord stands strong in the boring reliable, and valuable stand. The accord is aging, expect an all new Accord for the 2013 year, with rumored hybrid lines coming out. The new Accord should also be close to the 30 MPG club; Honda has been focusing on coming out with great MPG contenders to fit the new strict laws.
#10 Nissan Altima [8.4]
The sleeping giant Altima is all but unchanged for 2 years now, but still manages to do well in the charts. The Altima also has one of the steepest price tags, with a starting price of $21,380, putting it near the top as far as pricing. The Altima has the staple cheap plastic in the interior that take from the otherwise nice lookign interior. Expect a brand new Altima for the 2014 Model Year.
Here is the US NEWS Car Rankings 11-19.