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1
2012 Honda Accord
“The Honda Accord offers an appealing combination of spaciousness, a relatively upscale feel and a reputation for reliability.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
5.0 
1
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2012 Volkswagen Passat
“Fit and finish has that Teutonic feel, with tight tolerances and quality materials.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
5.0 
2
2012 Toyota Camry
“For those looking for a car that gets you from point A to point B with minimal fuss, the new 2012 Camry...is hard to beat.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
4.9 
2
TIE
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in
“It can run at speeds of up to 62 mph in EV mode for up to 15 miles, great for stop-and-go commuting. ” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
4.9 
2
TIE
2012 Toyota Prius v
“The Prius V's principal attraction is the three-cubic-foot gain in passenger volume and the 70-percent increase in maximum cargo space provided by its 3.0-inch longer wheelbase, 6.0-inch gain in overall length, and 1.1-inch width increase.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
4.9 
3
2012 Buick Regal
“Like the Buick LaCrosse, the Regal is far removed from the floaty-boat reputation that has cursed the brand, along with an aging demographic that Buick is desperate to change.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
4.8 
3
TIE
2012 Hyundai Sonata
“It drives smaller than it is, as body roll is kept under control and the steering is quick and precise.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.8 
3
TIE
2012 Nissan Altima
“This is a test review. Why can't this car fly like an airplane? This is a test review. Why can't this car fly like an airplane?” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
4.8 
3
TIE
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
“The lighter weight, the low drag, and the powertrain overhaul pay off with major mpg gains.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
4.8 
4
2012 Ford Fusion
“Taking styling themes established by Ford's 427 concept car during the 2003 auto show season, the lines are handsome from every angle, but particularly so from the front where the three bold chrome slats make up the grille and the headlights manage the neat trick of being both somewhat rectangular and swooping up into each front fender.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
4.7 
5
2012 Kia Optima
“With its creased sheet metal and low-slung shape, there's luxury-car sophistication to the Optima's exterior that you don't see in a lot of family sedans.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
4.6 
5
TIE
2012 Kia Optima Hybrid
“The Optima Hybrid earned a five-star overall crash test score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It also earned a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, that agency's highest honor.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
4.6 
5
TIE
2012 Subaru Legacy
“If you're the sort of person who doesn't automatically follow the crowd, the Subaru Legacy is a solid, non-conformist choice.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.6 
6
2012 Buick LaCrosse
“A stitched material arcs from elbow level on the door panels up to the top of the dash in a dramatic sweep. At the middle of that arc sits the radio/HVAC stack, nestled inside a chrome horseshoe and fashioned from a handsome combination of expensive-looking plastics. Huge audio controls seemingly sized for arthritic hands and octogenarian eyes live on a separate island floating in the middle of the stack. The radio-present buttons push down like piano keys.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
4.5 
6
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2012 Chevrolet Malibu
“The latest Malibu looks great, drives well, offers good fuel economy in four-cylinder guise, and might just be the best family sedan ever brought forth by a domestic automaker. ” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
4.5 
6
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2012 Ford Taurus
“Dashboard and interior door panels are thickly padded, as in the Lincoln MKS, and the ambient lighting in the interior door pockets and footwells, available in seven colors, is as trick as in any German luxury car. The Taurus' center stack expands out from a deep dash, cocooning the driver almost like a sporty car with a "cockpit"-style driver's seat.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
4.5 
6
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2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
“Overall, the driving experience is much like that of a conventional Sonata, which is a compliment.” — Canadian Driver   See More Reviews
4.5 
6
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2012 Mazda Mazda6
“Steering is light and alive, yet it grooves in on straight-ahead when the path calls for it.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
4.5 
6
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2012 Suzuki Kizashi
“Impressive grip through corners...” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.5 
7
2012 Toyota Avalon
“The Avalon floats smoothly down the road, the cabin undisturbed by rougher stretches of pavement. It's one of those things that give the Avalon a sense of luxury beyond its price.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
4.4 
8
2012 Volkswagen CC
“Powerful and efficient base turbo engine, balanced ride and handling, very well-equipped, beautifully made interior, sleek styling.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.2 
9
2012 Chrysler 300
“...the 300 boasts sleeker styling, a quieter interior and a more comfortable ride than it did in years past. Interior craftsmanship is second to none in its class, and the 300's myriad electronic features are not only advanced, but also easy to use. ” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.1 
10
2012 Chrysler 200
“In crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 200 sedan earned the top score, Good, across all categories. Accordingly, the car is an IIHS Top Safety Pick” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
4.0 
10
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2012 Nissan Maxima
“Nissan has done an excellent job on the styling. It's soooo much better looking than the car it replaces...” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
4.0 
11
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid
“And the great thing about the Fusion is that it functions just like a regular car while delivering terrific gas mileage. ” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
3.9 
12
2012 Dodge Charger
“Ride quality is very good, and the car's solid structure soaks up road surface irregularities with ease. Yet as relatively compliant as the ride is, steering is lively and communicative, keeping you in direct touch with the road.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.0 
12
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2012 Mitsubishi Galant
3.0 
13
2012 Chevrolet Impala
“So-called Quiet Steel at the firewall, a soundproofing dash mat and thicker glass helps keep out unwanted noise...” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
2.6 
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