By David Thomas on July 30, 2013
The midsize sedan is one of the most popular segments in the U.S. It serves as a family car, commuter, road tripper and more.
Because of this popularity, automakers offer a dizzying amount of styles and options for their midsizers. This differing content makes it hard for car shoppers to compare apples to apples from one automaker to the next.
We analyzed the segment for the features most drivers would want in a car of this class and uncovered some surprising results.
To arrive at the specific trim levels for our analysis we wanted models with a certain level of content that most car shoppers desire.
Most midsize-car shoppers are choosing cars with at least this much equipment. Out of more than 30,000 new Honda Accords in Cars.com’s inventory, 67% were the midlevel Sport trim … or higher. For the Nissan Altima, that number was 65%.
We also included five years of gas costs at the current price and driving ratio provided by the EPA. Many midsize sedans are boasting impressive fuel-economy numbers these days, which is helping keep shoppers out of the crossover or SUV camp.
Here are more findings from our analysis:
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David