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1
2005 Honda Accord
“Oh, we almost forgot about the performance of the interior. In three words: smooth, firm, quiet (when we wanted it to be). Interior mission accomplished.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
4.7 
2
2005 Toyota Camry
“the Camry's wheelbase has been lengthened by 2 inches, resulting in a more spacious interior and 1.5 more inches of legroom for rear seat occupants.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.6 
3
2005 Nissan Altima
“Handsome and aggressive new body” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.5 
3
TIE
2005 Nissan Maxima
“The cut-out dash near the windshield is unique, and it's lined with a suede material (which makes its way around to the doors) that entices you to touch it.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
4.5 
4
2005 Toyota Avalon
“Fine balance of softness, composure.” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
4.2 
5
2005 Chevrolet Malibu MAXX
“The lack of a manual transmission might be disappointing to a few drivers, but most buyers should be satisfied with the performance of the 3.5-liter V6 paired with an automatic.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.1 
5
TIE
2005 Volkswagen Passat
“Remarkable attention to detail in the quality of construction and roomy interior.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
4.1 
5
TIE
2005 Buick Park Avenue
“The Ultra has a supercharged version of the Park Avenue's 3.8-liter pushrod V6. It develops 240 horsepower and more torque than the non-supercharged, 205-horsepower version in the standard model.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
4.1 
6
2005 Ford Freestyle
“Inside, the Freestyle offers excellent visibility from the cockpit and 'progressive theater seating' for the second and third rows: Each row is two inches higher than the one before it.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.0 
7
2005 Chevrolet Malibu
3.9 
7
TIE
2005 Mazda Mazda6
“Most impressive is the 6's steering, which feels as if it took a few lessons at the Miata finishing school. Turn-in is sharp, and the variable-assist rack-and-pinion system provides good feedback and little need for correction at higher speeds.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
3.9 
7
TIE
2005 Toyota Camry Solara
“The sweeping console invokes the intimate atmosphere of a sporty coupe. the seats are relatively flat, which makes sliding in and out easy, but they could use a little more side support. The cloth is nice, though it's a bit bland.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.9 
8
2005 Ford Crown Victoria
“Despite its size, the two-ton Crown Victoria is no slouch in terms of acceleration thanks to its 4.6-liter V8 engine that pumps out 224 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.8 
9
2005 Buick LeSabre
“Though it's no thrill ride, this roomy front-drive sedan delivers quiet, comfortable transportation and lots of features at an attractive price.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
3.7 
9
TIE
2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
“There's not a hint of elegant design to be found anywhere, but for those who value function over form, the Monte's ergonomics won't disappoint.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.7 
9
TIE
2005 Ford Five Hundred
“The six-speed automatic transmission that comes standard helps the engine deliver responsive performance and good fuel economy.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.7 
9
TIE
2005 Ford Taurus
3.7 
9
TIE
2005 Hyundai Sonata
“Excellent noise, vibration, and harshness characteristics” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
3.7 
9
TIE
2005 Dodge Magnum
“The 5-speed automatic with its AutoStick sequential shifting operates seamlessly, and the rack-and-pinion steering is direct and linear in action...” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
3.7 
9
TIE
2005 Mercury Sable
“It's not the family truckster of the Ike-through-Nixon era, but it's as close as any wagon comes, and it delivers plenty of features for the price.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
3.7 
9
TIE
2005 Pontiac Grand Prix
“The GTP with the optional all-new Competition Group suspension package (Comp G) is damped with just the right amount of firmness, making for a ride that feels more akin to that found in today's better European 4-doors.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
3.7 
10
2005 Subaru Legacy
“The basic driving position is excellent.” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
3.5 
10
TIE
2005 Mercury Montego
“The high driving position makes it feel more like an SUV than a car, nice and high up, with wonderful outward vision.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.5 
10
TIE
2005 Mitsubishi Galant
“Even the DE is fairly well equipped, with items including air conditioning, AM/FM/CD sound system, remote keyless entry, rear defroster and power windows, locks and mirrors.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
3.5 
10
TIE
2005 Pontiac G6
“The car stands out but does not look garish and, thankfully, the plastic cladding of Pontiacs past has been ditched in favor of clean, simple lines.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.5 
10
TIE
2005 Suzuki Verona
“The long list of standard features makes even the base model seem comfortable, and the more upscale LX and EX are surprisingly well-trimmed for cars in this price range.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.5 
11
2005 Dodge Stratus
“The suspension, however, is a bit soft and tuned for high-mileage cruising rather than high-performance maneuvering regardless of which engine you choose.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
3.2 
11
TIE
2005 Kia Amanti
“Kia estimates the 0-60-mph time to be close to 9 seconds, which is not bad for a car that weighs 4020 lb. Body roll is not excessive, but is considerable. This isn't a sports sedan by any means, but a quiet, comfortable, smooth and well-equipped 4-door.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
3.2 
11
TIE
2005 Kia Optima
“The front bucket seats are firm, supportive and fairly flat, comfortable and well suited for hours of commuting, with enough fore-and-aft travel to accommodate the longest of legs.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.2 
11
TIE
2005 Chrysler 300
“...it wins you over on the road. It has confidence. It moves with certainty. There's nothing iffy about the steering and brakes. ” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
3.2 
12
2005 Chevrolet Impala
“Handling is surprisingly quick and sharp. This is not the wallowing, live-axle barge from the 1960s. Yet the ride is well-damped and does a good job of filtering noise, vibration and harshness.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.1 
13
2005 Buick Century
“If you're looking for nothing more than a comfortable and reliable American sedan with few bells and whistles, the Century will suffice.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.0 
13
TIE
2005 Buick LaCrosse
“The springs provide a lot of initial compliance and allow you to float over minor imperfections, but once they are slightly compressed, the rubber bump stops come into play to gradually stiffen the suspension.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
3.0 
13
TIE
2005 Pontiac Grand Am
“Stops as well as it accelerates” — DriveChicago.com   See More Reviews
3.0 
13
TIE
2005 Saturn L300
“The Saturn L-Series continues to be stuffed with value. Head-curtain airbags, automatic headlamps and ABS with traction control are standard on all models.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.0 
14
2005 Mercury Grand Marquis
“Mercury's rear-wheel-drive full-size sedan shares its design with Ford's Crown Victoria and is among the few body-on-frame automobiles.” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
2.5 
14
TIE
2005 Pontiac Bonneville
“With room for six, the Bonneville's substantial girth keeps it from feeling quite as nimble as some of its competitors, but it can still move well for a big sedan.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
2.5 
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