Since the midsize sedan class has become more competitive, buyers may now have a more difficult time deciding which one to get. The best midsize cars are safe, dependable, and tech-savvy. Here are the most reliable and well-rounded midsize cars according to Consumer Reports.
2020 Subaru Legacy
Subaru’s Legacy tops Consumer Reports’ list of most reliable midsize cars for 2020. CR has raved about the Legacy all year long. This Legacy is a relaxed ride that prioritizes comfort above all else. Plus, its welcoming and spacious cabin makes it ideal for long road trips.
Subaru’s trademark elements, including a serene car cabin that minimizes outside noise, makes the Legacy more enjoyable to drive. What also makes the Legacy a standout is that it comes with Subaru’s signature all-wheel-drive. You have the choice between two engine options on the Legacy.
Base models feature a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that creates 182-horsepower. This option works fine for everyday drives, but it can feel underpowered at highway speeds. The available 260-hp, turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder on the XT model, offers a livelier driving experience.
2020 Nissan Altima
The Nissan Altima isn’t a spiffy ride, but it gets the job done. High points on the Altima include its roomy cabin and exceptional fuel economy ratings. Each Altima comes equipped with a 188-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder.
There’s also an available 288-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder on the upper-level trims. A continuously variable transmission comes with both engines. And no matter which one you choose, both are pleasant for everyday drives. The Altima is also available with AWD.
The Altima’s simplistic style works to its advantage on the inside. Critics love its Zero Gravity seats, which are remarkably comfortable. The Altima is generous on head-and legroom too. This sedan also gets points for its easy-to-use infotainment system. An 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay all come standard.
2020 Toyota Camry
Buying the Toyota Camry new or used is a wise car choice. The Camry continues to be one of the most reliable cars on the road, and it’s satisfying to drive. The Camry’s base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that creates 203-hp.
CR praises the Camry’s base engine for being one of the fastest in the midsize car class. If you want a sportier experience, consider the optional 301-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine on the upper-level trims. This V6 is the main selling point on the new TRD. However, CR specifically recommends the hybridized version of the Camry for its quiet engine, and of course, fuel economy.
On the inside, the Camry has minimal flaws. Like the other models on this list, the Camry provides ample space and desirable tech. Its car cabin isn’t the quietest, though. What makes the Camry’s cabin experience better is its user-friendly infotainment and advanced safety equipment.