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Best Midsize Cars for 2022

The best used and new midsize cars based on a data-driven analysis of each vehicle's reliability, resale value and safety.

The best midsize car is the Honda Accord based on our analysis of 12 million vehicles to assess their reliability, resale value and safety. Its overall rating of 9 out of 10 reflects the Accord’s reliability, value retention and safety scores. A new Honda Accord costs between $26,520 and $38,450 while a used version costs between $21,161 and $32,998. This midsize car can seat up to 5 people and is EPA rated to deliver up to 33 miles per gallon in mixed city/highway driving.

The Midsize Car category consists of 13 models priced between $23,170 and $53,690 for new vehicles and between $16,499 and $47,887 for used vehicles. iSeeCars has sufficient vehicle data to rate and rank 11 of these 13 models based on their reliability, value retention and safety scores.

Midsize cars are versatile vehicles. They provide ample passenger and cargo space while delivering excellent fuel efficiency, comfortable ride quality, and even relatively sporty driving dynamics on the performance-oriented models. They are also easier to maneuver and park than their large-sedan counterparts while being far more practical than a sports car or convertible. Crossovers and SUVs have exploded in popularity in recent years, but many drivers still opt for a midsize car as either a family sedan, a roomy commuter vehicle, or even a long-distance road trip car.

These midsize sedans and coupes offer multiple powertrain and engine options, ranging from efficient four-cylinders to twin turbos with added horsepower. All-wheel drive (AWD) is also available on several models for better all-weather performance. These vehicles provide an array of driver assistance and safety features like blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist. Drivers can also find high-end standard features like touchscreen infotainment systems, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity.

While full-size sedans are disappearing from production, midsize cars are here to stay. After all, there’s a reason why midsize sedans like the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord have been a mainstay on the list of the country’s best-selling vehicles for decades. The Honda Accord offers excellent fuel economy with its efficient 192-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a CVT transmission, as well as one of the largest cargo holds in the midsize car class. It also has 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is above average for the class. As of the 2020 model year, the Toyota Camry offers all-wheel drive, spacious rear seats, and a punchy V6 engine on higher trim levels for added power. The Camry also boasts a Top Safety Pick+ safety rating, which is the highest designation from the IIHS. Both vehicles offer hybrid versions, and the Toyota Camry Hybrid and the Honda Accord Hybrid can be found on our Best Hybrid Cars list. Fans of the Accord can consider the smaller Honda Civic, which is also offered in sedan and hatchback styles and tops our list of Best Small Cars. Sadly, with the Honda Clarity ending production in 2021, you won’t find any new midsize cars offering plug-in hybrid technology.

Less ubiquitous models like the Hyundai Sonata and the Mazda Mazda6 are worthy alternatives. Both provide attractive styling and interiors that rival luxury cars. The Hyundai Sonata provides great value with a lower starting price than most vehicles in the class, while its new for 2021 N Line trim offers added performance with a 290-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a dual-clutch eight-speed automatic transmission. The Mazda Mazda6 is a fun-to-drive sportier alternative to traditional sedans that offers a peppy engine and upscale interior. While it was discontinued after the 2021 model year, and new car versions are scarce, the Mazda6 remains a worthy consideration for used car shoppers.

If you’re interested in something more upscale, the luxury sedan versions of these cars, including the Acura TLX, Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and the Lexus ES 350, can be found on our Best Luxury Midsize Cars list. Or if you want a traditional or luxury SUV, be sure to check out our lists of Best Small SUVs, Best Midsize SUVs, Best Luxury Smal SUVs, and Best Luxury Midsize SUVs

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Midsize cars are versatile vehicles. They provide ample passenger and cargo space while delivering excellent fuel efficiency, comfortable ride quality, and even relatively sporty driving dynamics on the performance-oriented models. They are also easier to maneuver and park than their large-sedan counterparts while being far more practical than a sports car or convertible. Crossovers and SUVs have exploded in popularity in recent years, but many drivers still opt for a midsize car as either a family sedan, a roomy commuter vehicle, or even a long-distance road trip car.

These midsize sedans and coupes offer multiple powertrain and engine options, ranging from efficient four-cylinders to twin turbos with added horsepower. All-wheel drive (AWD) is also available on several models for better all-weather performance. These vehicles provide an array of driver assistance and safety features like blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist. Drivers can also find high-end standard features like touchscreen infotainment systems, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity.

While full-size sedans are disappearing from production, midsize cars are here to stay. After all, there’s a reason why midsize sedans like the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord have been a mainstay on the list of the country’s best-selling vehicles for decades. The Honda Accord offers excellent fuel economy with its efficient 192-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a CVT transmission, as well as one of the largest cargo holds in the midsize car class. It also has 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is above average for the class. As of the 2020 model year, the Toyota Camry offers all-wheel drive, spacious rear seats, and a punchy V6 engine on higher trim levels for added power. The Camry also boasts a Top Safety Pick+ safety rating, which is the highest designation from the IIHS. Both vehicles offer hybrid versions, and the Toyota Camry Hybrid and the Honda Accord Hybrid can be found on our Best Hybrid Cars list. Fans of the Accord can consider the smaller Honda Civic, which is also offered in sedan and hatchback styles and tops our list of Best Small Cars. Sadly, with the Honda Clarity ending production in 2021, you won’t find any new midsize cars offering plug-in hybrid technology.

Less ubiquitous models like the Hyundai Sonata and the Mazda Mazda6 are worthy alternatives. Both provide attractive styling and interiors that rival luxury cars. The Hyundai Sonata provides great value with a lower starting price than most vehicles in the class, while its new for 2021 N Line trim offers added performance with a 290-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a dual-clutch eight-speed automatic transmission. The Mazda Mazda6 is a fun-to-drive sportier alternative to traditional sedans that offers a peppy engine and upscale interior. While it was discontinued after the 2021 model year, and new car versions are scarce, the Mazda6 remains a worthy consideration for used car shoppers.

If you’re interested in something more upscale, the luxury sedan versions of these cars, including the Acura TLX, Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and the Lexus ES 350, can be found on our Best Luxury Midsize Cars list. Or if you want a traditional or luxury SUV, be sure to check out our lists of Best Small SUVs, Best Midsize SUVs, Best Luxury Smal SUVs, and Best Luxury Midsize SUVs

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iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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9.0 / 10
  • Reliability 9.0 / 10
  • Value Retention 8.1 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

See how we rank these cars
8.9 / 10
  • Reliability 8.9 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.9 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

See how we rank these cars
8.6 / 10
  • Reliability 8.4 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.6 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

See how we rank these cars
8.6 / 10
  • Reliability 8.1 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.8 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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8.4 / 10
  • Reliability 7.7 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.6 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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8.3 / 10
  • Reliability 8.3 / 10
  • Value Retention 6.7 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

See how we rank these cars
8.2 / 10
  • Reliability 8.2 / 10
  • Value Retention 6.5 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

See how we rank these cars
8.2 / 10
  • Reliability 8.1 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.4 / 10
  • Safety 9.0 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

See how we rank these cars
8.0 / 10
  • Reliability 8.2 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.3 / 10
  • Safety 8.6 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

See how we rank these cars
8.0 / 10
  • Reliability 7.6 / 10
  • Value Retention 6.9 / 10
  • Safety 9.5 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

See how we rank these cars
8.0 / 10
  • Reliability 7.0 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.1 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

See how we rank these cars
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  • Reliability Coming soon
  • Value Retention 7.1 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

See how we rank these cars
Coming soon
  • Reliability Coming soon
  • Value Retention 6.9 / 10
  • Safety 8.0 / 10

How We Rank These Cars

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on the latest research by our data science team and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

We analyze data from over 12 million new and used vehicles in our Longest-Lasting Cars and 5-Year Depreciation Studies, combined with the NHTSA's Safety Ratings to give you an unbiased guide to the best vehicles in each segment.

After being evaluated, vehicles with the highest average scores earn a spot in the iSeeCars Best Car Rankings. (No final score is given to vehicles missing a score in any of the categories, but scores for other categories are still shown.)

Vehicles are scored in three categories:

Reliability | 33.3%

The reliability score represents an analysis of iSeeCars' proprietary research on the longest-lasting vehicles.

Value Retention | 33.3%

The value retention score is based on our data science team's statistical analysis and prediction of 5-year depreciation from MSRP to determine which cars hold their value best, using US Bureau of Labor Statistics data to adjust for inflation.

Safety | 33.3%

The safety score is calculated based on the last five years of crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and incorporates the latest Top Safety Pick information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).