Every 2019 Mid-Size Car Ranked from Best to Worst

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The mid-size car market is a shrinking one, and it is now dominated by foreign carmakers. The American models that did make the list didn’t do so hot. That being said, some of these vehicles are still some of the most popular cars sold in the United States. These mid-size cars have mid-range prices but still tons of technology.

We rank 12 mid-size cars from best to worst depending on their driving performance, standard features, design, and value.

12. 2019 Subaru Legacy

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Some positives for the 2019 Subaru Legacy are that it now has Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist technology, something previous years didn’t have, and it also comes with standard all-wheel-drive. AWD isn’t something many competitors offer in this segment. But even with that, the driving capabilities are ho-hum. Worse still, reliability ratings are sub-standard.

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11. 2019 Volkswagen Passat

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The 2019 Volkswagen Passat has a spacious interior with comfortable seats. But with low safety scores, poor finishing materials, and underpowered engines, the Passat sinks to the bottom of our mid-size car ranking. Hopefully VW can remedy some of these shortcomings in the 2020 model.

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10. 2019 Honda Clarity

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The 2019 Honda Clarity borrows some of the good looks from its Civic and Accord siblings so that it looks much improved over the Clarity of years past. Even so, looks aren’t everything. It scored low for poor infotainment interactions, a bland interior, and a, frankly, boring drive. The only advantage it offers over a Hybrid Accord is the option of a plug-in hybrid engine.

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9. 2019 Ford Fusion

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There’s no easy way to say it. The 2019 Ford Fusion has pretty boring exterior styling. It also has below-average fuel economy ratings for a mid-size car, unless you opt for the hybrid or plug-in hybrid model. If you’re looking for a cheap hybrid, those are actually really affordable options. Otherwise, however, the standard gas version has a dated infotainment system, bland interior, and middle-of-the-road handling.

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8. 2019 Chevrolet Malibu

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The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu has a low starting price, and it sports a clean and intuitive interior layout. Competitors, however, have more upscale finishes in their cabins. Plus, the dimensions of the Malibu won’t win it any awards when it comes to space.

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7. 2019 Nissan Maxima

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Nissan might suggest the Maxima competes against full-size competitors, but really it’s a mid-size car that’s the same size as the Altima. It does come packed with features and has a strong engine, but its handling is muddled. The center console also feels a bit busier than its Altima sibling rather than intuitive.

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6. 2019 Nissan Altima

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Nissan’s other mid-size offering is its best. It has a comfortable cabin, but you won’t mistake it as something from a luxury automaker. It drives well but isn’t necessarily sporty or zippy. The Altima does its job and does it capably, but it doesn’t really stand out in any meaningful way.

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5. 2019 Hyundai Sonata

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The 2019 Hyundai Sonata has middle-of-the-road fuel economy and engine performance. It’s not the best, but it’s certainly not the worst. An intuitive and clean interior design paired with a spacious interior and tons of standard features make this mid-size sedan a solid choice.

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4. 2019 Kia Optima

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The 2019 Kia Optima floats smoothly down the road, but the steering could be a little tighter. And like it’s South Korean cousin (the Hyundai Sonata), the Optima comes with a long list of standard features that undercut many competitors in price.

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3. 2019 Toyota Camry

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We’re less keen on the 2019 Camry’s styling these days, particularly inside the cabin. But that’s not a deal-breaker when this mid-size car comes with super fuel economy ratings, stellar reliability and safety ratings, and capable handling.

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2. 2019 Mazda6

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The 2019 Mazda6 sneaks above the Toyota Camry to take our #2 spot thanks to gorgeous exterior styling and an interior that looks like it came from a luxury sedan. As is often the case when it comes to Mazda’s vehicles, the sporty engine will delight drivers as they zip around town.

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1. 2019 Honda Accord

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The 2019 Honda Accord takes the top spot with good looks (though we prefer the Civic a bit more), a roomy cabin, and an array of standard safety features. It’s money well-spent, also, as the Accord retains its value and has great reliability ratings.

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