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Best Midsize Cars of 2019

SUVs, crossovers and pickups are gaining popularity, challenging the once ubiquitous sedan’s place at the top of the car food chain.

Some American automakers (we’re looking at you, Ford and General Motors) are even planning to ditch some of their sedans, now that crossovers are the new darling of the midsize vehicle market. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still snag a great sedan. Newcomer Tesla is hitting the mid-size market hard, and foreign automakers like Honda, Toyota and Nissan are still in the game. And the sedan still holds appeal for many families with room for four — five, in a pinch — and a separate trunk.

In general, one of the advantages of a sedan over many crossovers and SUVs is better gas mileage. In addition to good mileage, our picks received high ratings from Kelley Blue Book (KBB) experts and consumers on Edmunds. They also received at least a four-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and/or were a top pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). (All reviews are up to date at time of publication.)

Best 2019 midsize sedans

  • 2019 Subaru Legacy
  • 2019 Honda Accord
  • 2019 Nissan Altima
  • 2019 Toyota Camry
  • 2019 Hyundai Sonata

Best 2019 luxury midsize sedans

  • 2019 BMW 540i
  • 2019 Genesis G80
  • 2019 Audi A6
  • 2019 Tesla Model 3

Best 2019 midsize cars

2019 Hyundai Sonata

$22,300 MSRP
4.4 out of 5 by KBB experts; 3.8 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (4 reviews)
5 stars NHTSA; IIHS Top Safety Pick+
29 combined MPG

A major advantage of the Sonata over its rivals is that it comes with Hyundai’s 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty — though experts recommend an upgrade to the top-of-the-line Limited 2.0T version ($31,900) for those who want a little more power, thanks to its turbocharged engine. Android users will be happy to note that the Android Auto comes standard, as does Apple CarPlay. Upgrade for wireless charging, a rear USB port and Blue Link telecommunications. An additional tech package includes lane keep assist, smart cruise control, automatic high-beam assist, automatic emergency parking and more.

2019 Subaru Legacy

$22,545 MSRP
4.0 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.6 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (4 reviews)
5 stars NHTSA; IIHS Top Safety Pick+
29 combined MPG

This midsize stands out because all-wheel drive is standard. It’s also super roomy and offers fabulous standard tech (EyeSight driver assist, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), all of which come sans an upgrade. You can get even more with the Sport version, which gives you a rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot detection.

2019 Honda Accord

$23,720 MSRP
4.7 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.2 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (6 reviews)
5 stars NHTSA; IIHS Top Safety Pick
33 overall MPG

Available also as a hybrid, sports model or a standard, this is a top mid-size sedan with a fuel economy of 30 in the city and 38 for the highway. It’s dependable, easy to drive, energy efficient and powerful, and even its base model has a 33 mile-per-gallon combined fuel economy — with the hybrid option offering 48 MPG combined. It comes with a standard 192-horsepower 1.5-liter engine, though if you spring for the 2.0-liter turbo, you’ll get 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque (though the mileage ratings are not nearly as good). This year’s model hasn’t changed much since last year, however, so if you want to save a little money, consider purchasing this vehicle used.

2019 Nissan Altima

$23,900 MSRP
Not yet reviewed by KBB experts; 3.7 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (11 reviews)
Not yet rated by NHTSA; IIHS Top Safety Pick
32 combined MPG

The Nissan Altima is newly redesigned, and it shines. It’s got two new engines with continuously variable automatic transmission, plus the option of all-wheel drive ($25,250) —  even better: it’s sporty. But if you want an even sportier version, choose the SR model, with 19-inch wheels and a 248-horsepower engine ($25,250). It’s also got Android Auto standard, but unfortunately no hybrid option.

2019 Toyota Camry

$23,945 MSRP
4.6 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.4 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (20 reviews)
5 stars NHTSA; IIHS Top Safety Pick
34 combined MPG

The Camry’s base L model has a four-cylinder engine, though the chance of a V6 or hybrid engine is available. That high-mileage hybrid option (up to 52 combined mpg), along with the Camry’s standard driver assists, reliability and resale value, could lure mid-size customers away from its competitors. In terms of technology, Apple CarPlay now comes standard (it didn’t prior to this year’s model) while Android users are at a loss. The trunk is also a little small, compared with other similar mid-size vehicles; in addition, unlike many of those other vehicles, the Camry doesn’t come with all-wheel drive, even as an option.

Best 2019 luxury midsize sedans

2019 Genesis G80

$42,050 MSRP
4.4 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.5 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (2 reviews)
5 stars NHTSA; IIHS Top Safety Pick+
21 combined MPG

This is one of the least expensive luxury midsize cars in its class, and you can get a lot with just the base trim. But should you opt for the 3.3T Sport ($55,250), you can get an upgraded engine, better wheels, added performance and features from the base model’s two option packages. Still, the standard G80 arrives with leather upholstery, an infotainment system and more. Choose between three trim levels, although the base trim comes with features that are better than many other standards in its class. It has a 3.8-liter V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear wheel drive (all-wheel drive is an option).

2019 Tesla Model 3

MSRP $42,900
Not yet reviewed by KBB experts; 5 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (1 review)
5 stars NHTSA
116 combined MPGe

If you’ve always coveted a Tesla but didn’t want to spend close to six figures, this might be your route. It’s a mid-size electric car with plenty of technology, as expected with this brand. Additionally, the trunk is large enough to easily hold a mountain bike (as long as you fold the flat rear seats), and the interior cabin is large and comfortable. Consider the long-range battery version — approximated at an extra $7,000 — if you plan on driving longer distances.

2019 Audi A6

$58,900 MSRP
Not yet reviewed by KBB experts; 5.0 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (1 review)
Not yet rated by NHTSA
25 combined MPG

The Audi A6 is an all-wheel drive mid-size sedan that, like its competitors, has many safety and driver-assist technologies (though the latter seems to come standard with most of the luxury cars). The 2019 version is a little longer and wider, and it comes with a 3.0-liter V6 engine, along with a twin-scroll turbocharger. There’s tons of tech in this vehicle, whose interior is designed with leather, wood and ambient lighting. It has a new MMi Touch Response system, a new addition to Audi, which replaces the rotary dial and infotainment controls.

2019 BMW 540i

$58,950 MSRP
4.6 out of 5 by KBB experts; 5.0 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (6 reviews)
Not rated yet by NHTSA; IIHS Top Safety Pick+
24 combined MPG

There are so many options within the 5 series, but experts suggest getting the 540i if you’re looking for a powerful sedan, though it is more expensive than the 530i ($53,400). Like other BMWs, the 540i comes with a dizzying array of options, including all-wheel drive and a hybrid version, not to mention numerous tiers and packages you can add — consumers who prefer (and can afford) customization may well swerve toward the BMW.

Ways to finance the best midsize car

You’re ready to purchase your dream car. Before hitting the dealership, apply to a few lenders to see the best offers. These can include a bank, online lender or credit union. Or go to LendingTree, you can fill out an online form and receive up to five potential auto loan offers from lenders at once, instead of filling out five different lender applications. Then, head to the car dealer with your pre-approved auto loan.

 

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