There’s no doubt that this year brings a parade of high-quality sedans to flood the market with a car for just about everyone. However, nine 2019-model sedans really stand apart from the crowd: Nissan Altima, Chevy Malibu, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Mazda6, Hyundai Sonata, Ford Fusion, Subaru Impreza, and the Kia Forte. Check out what these stellar vehicles have to offer below!
2019 Nissan Altima
Many have often said that the Nissan Altima has been a behind the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. But this year Nissan stepped up their game in safety technology, handling, and an aggressive appearance. Part of that comes from the performance of their new VC Turbo Engine. A four-cylinder machine, it sports 248 HP, 280 pound-feet of torque on premium fuel, and is quite responsive to the driver’s demands. A wider stance offers improved handling, and the lower clearance melded with a sportier appearance creates an aggressive silhouette sure to please even the choosiest car buyer.
Nissan also beefed up their safety features, the most notable being their ProPILOT Assist. Innovative, it is specifically designed to help reduce driver responsibilities, such as lane centering. The best part? ProPILOT Assist is available on nearly every model.
The largest drawback to this model? It doesn’t offer a manual transmission. Still, with thirteen different packages offered, the 2019 Altima has a lot to offer. Prices start at $24,000 MSRP on the base model.
2019 Chevy Malibu
The Malibu has long been one of the best-selling mid-sized sedans Chevy has ever offered. For 2019, they upped fuel economy, added a hybrid model, and tweaked the body for a better overall appearance. But Chevy didn’t stop there!
Chevy also updated their Infotainment system, making it easier to pair with smartphones, a new ability to swipe to a different screen, and an easier-to-use GPS system. The company also added a feature not seen on too many other sedans: a new Teen Driver System. This system should help parents feel a little better as their young drivers are learning. Offering real-time report cards (sent straight to the smartphone of choice), this feature also allows parents to cap vehicle speed and audio volume.
To top it all off? The 2019 Malibu is not hard on the pocketbook, with a starting price of $22,090 MSRP for the base model. The hybrid starts at $28,220, a great price for a mid-sized model.
The cons will need examining, as the base engine is okay and doesn’t have a lot of get-up-and-go, according to quite a few reviews. The new safety features don’t come standard, and all-wheel drive will not be available. The most powerful premier offering also requires premium fuel, which can get expensive. And for those who live in parts of the country with snowy winters? The lack of all-wheel drive may be a turnoff. However, those who don’t require all-wheel drive and can pay a little extra or amped-up safety features can find a lot to love about this vehicle.
2019 Honda Accord
Few people don’t know of the Honda Accord or its reputation. A long-standing leader in the mid-sized sedan category, the Accord has gone through many facelifts while also ensuring it remains in the lead for safety. In 2018, the Accord had a fairly major overhaul aesthetically, and only a few additional changes happened for the 2019 model.
For example, the safety features—such as lane-departure warning and forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking—are available on the LX model. There’s also the option of a manual transmission, though the automatic is still rated at up to thirty-three miles per gallon. Chevy likewise ensures there is plenty of outward visibility and cargo space in the 2019 model. As for the ride itself? According to most current reviews, the ride itself is superb.
Most of the issues with this vehicle are nitpicky items, like a slightly intrusive noise level, low seats, and rather fixed steering wheel.
With nine powertrain options starting at $23,720 MSRP, buyers have plenty to choose from without stretching the budget too far. Honda, of course, offers a hybrid option and a Touring style for those who are on the road often.
All in all? The Honda Accord remains at the front of the pack.
2019 Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry is a worthy addition to this year’s pack of mid-sized sedans. To start with, it sports a lively and reliable four-cylinder engine. However, Toyota beefs it up with an offer of a 301-HP V6 option that still achieves a nice MPG rating. That alone should make any buyer looking for something sportier to sit up and pay closer attention. Add in plenty of safety features offered in every model, the ability to upgrade to a premium JBL sound system, and a standard navigation app for every vehicle? Well, now the Camry is positioning itself to lead the field.
But even with all those great qualities—including plenty of passenger and cargo space—it still doesn’t offer all-wheel drive, which might cause hesitation for those that live in areas known for harsh winters.
Toyota has ten powertrain options, creating plenty of choices for anyone. With prices starting at $23,095 MSRP, this company certainly didn’t overprice the Camry, making it affordable to even those on a tight budget.
Mazda tweaked a few items on the 2019 Mazda6 to make it a top contender in the mid-sized sedan pack for those searching for a sportier style.
To start, the new turbocharged four-cylinder engine creates a better feel when driving, making a long commute that much more enjoyable. But it gets better! The Mazda6 is available in a manual transmission, has a sophisticated styling reminiscent of a luxury sedan, offers better legroom, and overall optimizes passenger comfort.
Mazda stepped up their game when it comes to safety, too. Their advanced safety features jump the sedan straight to the front of the pack. Mazda garnered a five-star rating from the NHTSA, and their active assist for issues like blind spots is offered on every trim. They also help lower commute stress with their dynamic Radar Cruise Control, enabling the driver to set the vehicle to remain a certain distance from the vehicle in front!
Even with the sportier offerings of the Mazda6, the ride can be a little stiffer and it does not have all-wheel drive. Outside of that, though, the Mazda6 remains an impressive offering from a company known for quality vehicles.
The Mazda6 comes in five powertrain trims with a base price of $23,800.
2019 Hyundai Sonata
The 2019 Sonata holds its own as a mid-sized sedan stepping up its game from previous model years.
Hyundai has a generous warranty, to begin with. Better yet, the company ensured that the Sonata is one of the most comfortable long-distance rides with heavy emphasis on roominess and convenience, courtesy of such features like USB ports in the back. It also has the only Smart Trunk in the class, meaning all the driver needs to do is stand near the trunk for it to open. Their infotainment system is furthermore easy to pair and use. Lastly, the Sonata performance and handling are far improved over previous years.
The drawbacks? It really has no meat to the sports model, and the sloping roof takes some of the passenger room. Like many others in the mid-sized sedan, it also offers no all-wheel drive.
The Sonata comes in six different powertrain trims, starting at $22,500 MSRP.
2019 Ford Fusion
The 2019 Ford Fusion is certain to appeal to a wide range of drivers and passengers alike.
From the engine to the safety features, Ford doesn’t mess around. Ford is making a play with this year’s sporty V6, which cranks out a hefty 325. Additionally, three Fusion trim levels have all-wheel drive, unusual in the mid-sized sedan category. Parents have a lot to love here, too: Ford MyKey gives parents peace of mind by allowing them to set speed level, audio volume, and requiring seatbelt use. That can help parents of first-time drivers feel just a bit better about their kids getting onto the road. For the eco-conscious, there’s something here as well. Ford’s EcoBoost engine is available, making it easier to achieve a better fuel economy and save money without sacrificing performance.
While this year model has a lot to offer, it isn’t perfect. The base model itself isn’t too terribly competitive and Ford doesn’t offer much in the way of a warranty. For many, though, these “drawbacks” shouldn’t be much of an issue.
Ford gives buyers twelve powertrain options, four of which are hybrid configurations in the Fusion. With a price range starting at $22,840 MSRP, buyers can find what they are seeking in this domestic mid-sized sedan.
2019 Subaru Impreza
Subaru is here to make an impression with the extremely affordable 2019 Impreza.
Subaru inches ahead by offering all-wheel drive in every model. And for those seeking a sportier feel? A manual transmission is available as well. Abundant cargo space, Subaru’s EyeSight Suite, and excellent ratings from NHTSA and IIHS all bring a buyer’s worry over safety to a halt.
The ride itself is also worth bragging about. A lightweight build makes handling better at the slower speeds, for one. For those seeking a higher comfort level, the premium package will give them the feel of a luxury vehicle.
However, this year model isn’t the greatest at acceleration, and the more it carries, the louder the transmission tends to get. Compared with what all this vehicle has to offer, though, these issues are quite minimal.
The Impreza comes with twelve powertrain trim levels, with a price range starting at $18,595 MSRP, making it among the most affordable of the lineup.
2019 Kia Forte
The 2019 Kia Forte is a family-friendly vehicle that won’t hurt the wallet.
To start, Kia upgraded the Forte’s exterior and interior style to create an aesthetically pleasing car. Long known for reliability, none of that was lost in the improvements for the 2019 model. Plenty of standard features—like an eight-inch infotainment system, excellent steering and handling, a comfortable interior with plenty of legroom, and a great fuel rating—make the Forte a great buy.
The only drawback to the Forte is that it isn’t optimized for those wanting a sportier ride. If that isn’t a concern, though, then this sleek ride has a lot to offer. It is perfect for those seeking some comforts while remaining affordable and able to carry the family around town.
Kia offers the Forte in five powertrain trims beginning at only $17,790 MSRP!
Overall, 2019 mid-sized sedans offer everything from near-luxury options and come fairly close to sports cars that just happen to have four doors and better fuel economy. And for the budget-conscious, even the lowest price options come with technology worthy of bragging. Unlike previous years, carmakers are giving options previously available only to buyers of luxury cars. With the year’s lineup, every buyer will find what they need and want without a problem.