What is the Best Midsize Sedan of 2014?
The midsized sedan class is one of the most popular in the automotive world. For the vast majority of drivers, these cars provide an ideal blend of power, performance, fuel economy, and interior space. And because they are so popular, this class is packed with well-established models from automakers based all over the world. To help you determine which make/model is right for you, we have put together this comparison of the 2014 Honda Accord, 2014 Toyota Camry, 2014 Nissan Altima, 2014 Ford Fusion, and 2014 Chevrolet Malibu.
Since there is so much competition in this class, midsized sedans tend to be competitively priced. Expect to pay more than you would for a compact vehicle, but less than you would for an SUV or a luxury sedan. Based on our research, the 2014 Accord seems to be the most affordable:
- 2014 Honda Accord: the base 2014 Honda Accord LX sedan with manual transmission has an MSRP of $21,995.5
- 2014 Toyota Camry: the base Camry L starts at $22,425.
- 2014 Nissan Altima: a starting Nissan Altima is a little lower than the Camry at $22,170, but still higher than the Accord.
- 2014 Ford Fusion: the Ford Fusion starts a little higher than the Accord at $21,970.
- 2014 Chevy Malibu: the Malibu has one of the higher starting prices at $22,340. ?
Four-Cylinder Engine Specs
The majority of midsized sedans come with a four-cylinder engine at baseline trim levels. Despite the uniform number of cylinders, the power and performance of these engines vary widely with Honda offering one of the most powerful standard engines.
- 2014 Honda Accord: the Accord offers a 2.4L inline four-cylinder releasing 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque that rivals most midsize sedans.
- 2014 Toyota Camry: the Camry may be popular, but its 2.5L four-cylinder that puts out 178 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque isn’t quite as strong.
- 2014 Nissan Altima: the Altima features a 2.5L four-cylinder that puts out 182 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. It’s close, but not quite at the same level as the Accord’s engine.
- 2014 Ford Fusion: Ford may offer a lot of performance with their Mustang, but the Fusion’s 2.5L four-cylinder output of 175 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque isn’t quite in the same league.
- 2014 Chevy Malibu: the Chevy Malibu features a 2.5L four-cylinder releasing 196 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. ?
V6 Engine Specs
For drivers that want more power, most of the midsized sedans offer a V6 option or a turbocharged four-cylinder. Fuel economy drops with the added power, but performance is going to be better. Again, Honda offers some of the best V6 capability in this class.
- 2014 Honda Accord: the Accord can be equipped with a powerful 3.5L V6 that puts out 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque
- 2014 Toyota Camry: while the Camry also has a 3.5L V6, its 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque falls below the Accord.
- 2014 Nissan Altima: with 270 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque, the Altima tops the Camry while falling short of the Accord.
- 2014 Ford Fusion: instead of a V6, the Fusion has a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder. While 270 lb-ft of torque gives it plenty of rumble, 240 hp is lacking compared to Honda’s sedan.
- 2014 Chevy Malibu: the Malibu also opts for a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder with plenty of torque (295 lb-ft), but not as much horsepower at 259 hp. ?
No driver can afford to disregard fuel economy these days. Midsized sedans offer a nice balance between gas guzzling larger vehicles and fuel sipping compact cars. Honda offers one of the most efficient four-cylinders right now.
- 2014 Honda Accord: with the four-cylinder engine and CVT, the 2014 Accord sedan is rated at 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.*
- 2014 Toyota Camry: again Toyota falls below the Accord with a fuel economy rating of 25 mpg city and 35 mpg highway
- 2014 Nissan Altima: the Altima sedan is rated at 27 mpg city and 38 mpg highway.
- 2014 Ford Fusion: with a rating of 22 mpg city and 34 mpg highway, the Fusion offers efficiency on the lower end of the midsize segment.
- 2014 Chevy Malibu: the Malibu reaches the Accord’s 36 mpg highway, but suffers in the city at 25 mpg. ?
IIHS Sedan Safety Ratings
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts a battery of crash tests, including scenarios not included in the government’s tests. The highest rating in any test is “Good” with “Acceptable” ranking second. They also give an overall Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ award to select vehicles. The Honda Accord received glowing scores from the Institute.
- 2014 Honda Accord – according to the IIHS, the Accord is tough to beat. It received a Good score in every test, including the new small-overlap front crash test, and was named a Top Safety Pick+.
- 2014 Toyota Camry: the Camry was named a Top Safety Pick, but received just an Acceptable rating in the small-overlap test.
- 2014 Nissan Altima: the Altima has the same crash results as the Camry, earning a Top Safety Pick and an Acceptable rating in the small-overlap crash test.
- 2014 Ford Fusion: like the Camry and Altima, the Fusion could not beat an Acceptable score in the small-overlap crash test.
- 2014 Chevy Malibu: the Malibu initially earned a subpar Marginal score in the small-overlap crash test, but later in the 2014 model year was retested and received a Good score and Top Safety Pick+ award. The safety of the Malibu depends on when it was produced. ?
Which Midsized Sedan is Right for You?
We have given you some of the most important details, but to really determine if a vehicle is the right choice for you and your family you need to take a test drive. Based on our comparison, the Honda Accord is definitely a model you’ll want to get behind the wheel of. To try out the 2014 Honda, come to Silko Honda at 1580 New State Highway in Raynham, MA where we’re just a short drive from Easton. ?
* 24 city/34 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 4-cylinder Sedan 6MT models. 27 city/36 highway/30 combined mpg rating for Sedan CVT models. 26 city/34 highway/29 combined mpg rating for Sport Sedan CVT models. 21 city/34 highway/26 combined mpg rating for V-6 Sedan models. Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.