Best Mid-Size Family Sedans for 2024 and 2025 USA


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Best Mid-Size Family Sedans

Each year, we test over 400 cars and use around 200 data points, such as acceleration, handling, comfort, cargo space, fuel efficiency, value, and driving enjoyment, to rank the best mid-size family sedans.

We take these rankings seriously to ensure you get all the information you need about the cars you’re interested in.


1. 2024 Honda Accord / Accord Hybrid

Even in today’s era of SUVs, there’s still a need for a straightforward and budget-friendly mid-size family sedan, and the 2024 Honda Accord fits the bill perfectly.

The basic models of this four-door car come with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, but most versions have a fuel-efficient four-cylinder hybrid engine. All models are front-wheel drive. The Accord was redesigned last year, and it now looks better than it has in years.

2024 Honda Accord / Accord Hybrid

Inside, it has spacious seating for five, a large trunk, and all the modern tech features you would expect. The main reason we love it is its smooth driving experience. With precise steering, a comfortable suspension, and reliable handling, driving the Accord is a pleasure.

In short, the Accord has it all, which is why it’s on our 10Best Cars and Editors’ Choice lists again for 2024.

Feature2023 Honda Accord EX2023 Honda Accord Touring Hybrid
Vehicle TypeFront-engine, Front-wheel driveFront-engine, Front-motor, Front-wheel drive
Price (Base/As Tested)$30,705/$30,705$38,985/$38,985
EngineTurbocharged 1.5L I42.0L I4 Atkinson + AC motor
Horsepower192 hp @ 6000 rpm204 hp (combined)
Torque192 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm247 lb-ft (combined)
TransmissionContinuously variableDirect drive
Fuel Economy (Combined/City/Highway)32/29/37 mpg (EPA)44/46/41 mpg (EPA)
Observed Fuel Economy36 mpg38 mpg
0-60 mph7.3 sec6.5 sec
Braking, 70-0 mph184 ft173 ft

2. 2025 Toyota Camry Hybrid

The Toyota Camry Hybrid might not be the most exciting choice, but it is popular because it’s affordable, spacious, and efficient. For 2025, this family car has a new look and is now only available with two hybrid options, instead of the previous range that included a V-6 and non-hybrid engines.

2025 Toyota Camry Hybrid

You can get it with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and it offers up to 232 horsepower. Although Toyota hasn’t confirmed it yet, there might be a more powerful plug-in-hybrid version called the Camry Prime.

The interior has been updated with modern tech and a design inspired by the larger Crown sedan. The Camry Hybrid is still a mid-size car aiming to compete with the Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata.

Vehicle Typefront-engine, front- or front-and rear-motor, front- or all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
PRICE (FWD)LE: $29,495, SE: $31,795, XLE: $34,495, XSE: $35,695
PRICE (AWD)LE: $31,020, SE: $33,320, XLE: $36,020, XSE: $37,220
POWERTRAINS (FWD)DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle 2.5-liter inline-4, 184 hp, 163 lb-ft + 2 AC motors, 134 hp, 153 lb-ft (combined output: 225 hp; 0.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack); continuously variable automatic transmission
POWERTRAINS (AWD)DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle 2.5-liter inline-4, 184 hp, 163 lb-ft + 3 AC motors; front: 134 hp, 153 lb-ft; rear: 40 hp, 62 lb-ft (combined output: 232 hp; 0.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack); continuously variable automatic front/direct-drive rear transmissions
DIMENSIONSWheelbase: 111.2 in, Length: 193.5 in, Width: 72.4 in, Height: 56.9 in
Passenger Volume, F/R53–54/46 ft3
Trunk Volume15 ft3
Curb Weight (C/D est)3500–3800 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)60 mph: 7.3–7.6 sec, 1/4-Mile: 15.4–15.6 sec, Top Speed: 115 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)Combined/City/Highway: 44–51/44–53/43–50 mpg

3. 2025 Kia K5

Kia makes some really good cars for different needs. They have the Telluride, a great big SUV with three rows of seats. There’s also the Carnival minivan, which is packed with cool features. And if you don’t need a big car, there’s the K5 sedan, perfect for families.

The K5 competes with cars like the Honda Accord, which is known for being really good. But the K5 gives you a lot for what you pay. Most K5s have a 2.5-liter engine and come with front-wheel drive. You can also get all-wheel drive on certain models.

2025 Kia K5

The most powerful K5 is the K5 GT, with 290 horsepower. It’s really fun to drive. The K5 is similar to the Hyundai Sonata, but they feel a bit different to drive.

The K5 comes with cool features like LED headlights, wireless connections for your phone, and safety features like rear cross-traffic alert. These things make driving the K5 easier and safer.

Engine2.5L I-4 & 88-kW motor & 1.04-kWh & Lithium Ion battery hybrid powertrain
Maximum Power225 hp
Maximum Torque163 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
TransmissionVariable-Speed Automatic
Drive WheelsFront-wheel drive
Cargo Space428 L (15.1 ft³)
Wheel Size16-inch Alloy
Infotainment System9.00-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
Warranty36 Months / 60,000 km (Comprehensive), 60 Months / 100,000 km (Powertrain), 36 Months / 9,999,999 km (Roadside), 120 Months / 240,000 km (Battery), 36 Months / 60,000 km (Paint), 60 Months / 9,999,999 km (Corrosion)

Efficiency & Range

City Rating4.6 L/100km
Highway Rating4.6 L/100km
Combined4.6 L/100km
Fuel TypeUnleaded
Fuel Capacity49 L (1.04 kWh)
Battery Type1.04-kWh & Lithium Ion battery
Fuel Range961 km
Battery RangeN/A
Total RangeN/A
Emission CO2 kg/year121

Dimensions, Weight, and Seating Capacity

Length192.7 in
Width72.4 in
Height56.9 in
Weight3494 lbs
Seating Capacity2+3 seats
Cargo Space428 L (15.1 ft³)

Safety Ratings and Features

NHTSA Rating5.0 Overall, 5 for side impact, 4 for frontal crash
Airbags8 (Front, Side, Side Curtain, Knee)
Standard Safety FeaturesAnti-collision System, Lane Departure Warning, Hill Holder, Low Tire Pressure Monitor
Additional Safety FeaturesLED, Projector Beam, Auto Highbeam headlights, Rear Camera Parking Assistance


0-60 mph7.3–7.6 sec
1/4 Mile15.4–15.6 sec
Top Speed115 mph
EPA Fuel Economy44–51 mpg combined


LE AWD$31,020
SE AWD$33,320
XLE AWD$36,020
XSE AWD$37,220

4. 2024 Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata got a makeover to stand out in the family sedan category. It got some updates to its look, both in the front and back, along with new headlights and taillights. Inside, there are some big changes too.

 2024 Hyundai Sonata

The car keeps its current engine options, including a regular one with 191 horsepower and a sportier N Line model with 290 horsepower. Now, you can also get all-wheel drive if you don’t go for the turbocharged engine.

The hybrid version, with 192 horsepower, is still available and it’s great on fuel. While it might not drive as well as some competitors like the Honda Accord, its stylish design and good value make it a top pick for families. That’s why it’s on our list of best cars for 2024.

2023 Hyundai Sonata Sel Plus Specifications:

Vehicle Typefront-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
Price$33,390 (Base), $33,600 (As Tested)
Engineturbocharged DOHC 16-valve inline-4
Displacement98 in3, 1598 cm3
Power180 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque195 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
Transmission8-speed automatic
ChassisSuspension (F/R): struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar/multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar
BrakesFront: 12.0-in vented disc, Rear: 11.2-in vented disc
TiresPirelli P Zero All Season 245/40R-19 94W M+S
DimensionsWheelbase: 111.8 in, Length: 192.9 in, Width: 73.2 in, Height: 56.9 in
Passenger VolumeFront: 62 ft3, Rear: 42 ft3
Trunk Volume16 ft3
Curb Weight3350 lb
0-30 mph2.6 sec
0-60 mph7.1 sec
0-100 mph18.4 sec
1/4 Mile15.5 sec @ 92 mph
Top Speed140 mph (estimated)
Braking70-0 mph: 175 ft
Roadholding300-ft Skidpad: 0.86 g
Fuel EconomyObserved: 30 mpg, 75-mph Highway: 36 mpg, 75-mph Highway Range: 570 mi
EPA Fuel EconomyCombined: 31 mpg, City: 27 mpg, Highway: 37 mpg

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Specifications:

Vehicle Typefront-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
Engine Typeturbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, port and direct fuel injection
Displacement152 in3, 2497 cm3
Power290 hp @ 5800 rpm
Torque311 lb-ft @ 1650 rpm
Transmission8-speed automatic
ChassisSuspension (F/R): struts/multilink, Brakes (F/R): 13.6-in vented disc/12.8-in disc, Tires: Continental PremiumContact 6, 245/40R-19 (98Y)
DimensionsWheelbase: 111.8 in, Length: 192.9 in, Width: 73.2 in, Height: 56.9 in, Passenger volume: 104 ft3, Trunk volume: 16 ft3, Curb weight: 3541 lb
0-60 mph5.0 sec
100 mph12.1 sec
130 mph22.2 sec
1/4 Mile13.6 sec @ 106 mph
Top Speed155 mph (estimated)
Braking70-0 mph: 152 ft
Roadholding300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.93 g
Fuel EconomyObserved: 23 mpg, 75-mph Highway: 33 mpg, Highway Range: 520 mi
EPA Fuel EconomyCombined: 27 mpg, City: 23 mpg, Highway: 33 mpg

5. 2024 Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima is like the go-to choice for lots of American car buyers. People like it because it’s affordable, saves gas, and is dependable and comfy. The basic engine is strong enough and can go up to 39 miles per gallon on highways.

2024 Nissan Altima

If you want more power, there’s an option for a turbocharged engine that can go up to 248 horsepower, but it uses more expensive fuel. You can also get all-wheel drive if you want.

Inside, there’s lots of space, comfy seats, a big screen for entertainment, and enough room for your stuff. Plus, it’s got safety features as standard. But if you’re looking for a thrilling drive, you won’t find it here.

The transmission helps save fuel but doesn’t make the car feel very lively. However, the Altima looks pretty stylish, especially with some cool optional wheels.


Vehicle TypeFront-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
PriceBase: $29,145, As Tested: $37,030
EngineDOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement152 in3, 2488 cm3
Power182 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque178 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
TransmissionContinuously variable automatic
ChassisSuspension (F/R): struts/multilink, Brakes (F/R): 11.7-in vented disc/11.5-in disc, Tires: Hankook Kinergy GT, 235/40R-19 92V M+S
DimensionsWheelbase: 111.2 in, Length: 192.9 in, Width: 72.9 in, Height: 57.3 in, Passenger Volume (F/R): 56/43 ft3, Trunk Volume: 15 ft3, Curb Weight: 3500 lb
Fuel EconomyEPA: 30/26/36 mpg, Observed: 24 mpg, 75-mph Highway Driving: 35 mpg, 75-mph Highway Range: 560 mi


0-60 mph7.6 sec
1/4-Mile15.9 sec @ 89 mph
100 mph20.7 sec
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph8.1 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph4.6 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph5.5 sec
Top Speed (gov limited)119 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph164 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad0.89 g

Additional Features

TrimsSL trim (19-inch wheels, moonroof, leather seats, 12.3-inch touchscreen, 9-speaker Bose audio)
OptionsExternal lighting with logo, rear spoiler, illuminated kick plates, floor/trunk mats, splash guards
Safety FeaturesNissan Safety Shield 360, ProPILOT Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist
InfotainmentNissanConnect infotainment system, Voice Recognition, Bluetooth, 7-inch touchscreen, 12.3-inch infotainment screen (optional), Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (optional)

Interior and Cargo

InteriorSpacious and smart, matte chrome-tone accents, available carbon-fiber design trim, five available leather-appointed seats
CargoTrunk space: up to 15.4 cu. ft., 60/40-split second row for expanded cargo capacity


ConnectivityNissanConnect Services, Voice Recognition, wireless smartphone connectivity, Wi-Fi Hotspot, SiriusXM with 360L, Bose Premium Audio System
MyNISSAN AppEmergency response services, remote connectivity features, customizable alerts, and more


SafetyNissan Safety Shield 360, ProPILOT Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist

Additional Features

AccessoriesAccessories to protect and customize the vehicle, such as floor/trunk mats, splash guards, and more

Other Features

SuspensionIndependent rear suspension featuring monotube rear shocks
HandlingActive Ride Control, Intelligent Trace Control, electronic parking brake with Automatic Brake Hold


Warranty3 years / 36,000 miles basic warranty

6. 2025 Subaru Legacy

The 2025 Subaru Legacy car is a lot like its cousin, the Outback. Even though they look different, they have a lot in common under the hood. Both have four-cylinder engines and all-wheel drive.

2025 Subaru Legacy

The Legacy is more like a regular car, while the Outback is more rugged-looking, like an SUV. The Legacy has lots of cool features and drives smoothly, but it’s not as quiet or fuel-efficient as some other cars like the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry.

VEHICLE TYPEfront-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
PRICE AS TESTED$30,090 (base price: $27,845)
ENGINE TYPEDOHC 16-valve flat-4, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement152 cu in, 2498 cc
Power182 hp @ 5800 rpm
Torque176 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
TRANSMISSIONcontinuously variable automatic


Passenger volume103.0
Trunk volume15.0
Curb weight3540.0

C/d Test Results

Zero to 60 mphStanding ¼-mileTop speed (governor limited)
8.0 sec16.2 sec @ 88 mph130 mph

C/d Fuel Economy

75-mph highway drivingHighway range

Epa Fuel Economy

VehicleFuel Economy
EPA FUEL ECONOMYCombined/city/highway30/27/35 mpg

7. 2024 Chevrolet Malibu

The 2024 Chevrolet Malibu is an older model, but it’s still doing well in the mid-size sedan market. It’s never been the best in its class, but it’s a solid choice for families because it looks good, rides comfortably, and handles well.

The Malibu has one engine option: a turbocharged four-cylinder with a continuously variable automatic transmission. This setup provides enough power for city driving, but it doesn’t match the performance of some competitors’ more powerful engines.

 2024 Chevrolet Malibu

However, the Malibu’s interior quality is not great, using a lot of cheap plastics, and its list of standard features is shorter than what you get with rivals like the Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata.

In short, while the Malibu has its good points, its drawbacks are hard to ignore. It’s a decent car, but not as good overall as some of its competitors.

VEHICLE TYPEFront-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
PRICE AS TESTED$25,840 (base price: $25,095)
ENGINE TYPETurbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement91 cu in, 1490 cc
Power160 hp @ 5700 rpm
Torque184 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
TRANSMISSIONContinuously variable automatic
CHASSISSuspension (F/R): struts/multilink, Brakes (F/R): 11.8-in vented disc, 11.3-in disc, Tires: Continental ProContact TX, 245/45R-18 96H M+S TPC
DIMENSIONSWheelbase: 111.4 in, Length: 193.8 in, Width: 73.0 in, Height: 57.6 in, Passenger volume: 108 cu ft, Trunk volume: 16 cu ft, Curb weight: 3184 lb
C/D TEST RESULTSZero to 60 mph: 7.8 sec, Zero to 100 mph: 22.3 sec, Zero to 120 mph: 41.6 sec, Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 9.1 sec, Top gear, 30–50 mph: 4.3 sec, Top gear, 50–70 mph: 5.8 sec, Standing ¼-mile: 16.1 sec @ 87 mph, Top speed (governor limited, mfr’s claim): 130 mph, Braking, 70–0 mph: 167 ft, Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.88 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMYObserved: 25 mpg, 75-mph highway driving: 34 mpg, Highway range: 540 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMYCombined/city/highway: 32/29/36 mpg


1. What are the best mid-size family sedans for 2024 and 2025?

Some of the best mid-size family sedans for 2024 and 2025 include the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda6, Kia K5, and Subaru Legacy.

2. Which mid-size sedan offers the best fuel efficiency?

The Honda Accord is known for its excellent fuel efficiency, making it a great choice for families looking to save on gas.

3. Are there any all-wheel drive options available in mid-size sedans?

Yes, the Subaru Legacy offers all-wheel drive as a standard feature, providing added safety and stability, especially in adverse weather conditions.

4. Which mid-size sedan has the best safety features?

The Subaru Legacy is renowned for its comprehensive suite of safety features, including Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist technology.

5. What mid-size sedan offers the best value for money?

The Hyundai Sonata is often praised for its combination of affordability, standard features, and warranty coverage, making it a great value for families.


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