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Best Midsize Sedans for 2022

By Josh Noel | March 16, 2022

Are you searching for a vehicle with room for five people and plenty of space in the trunk for your luggage? With sedans disappearing from automaker lineups in favor of crossover and SUVs, we have selected 10 excellent midsize options to make the case for cars.

The best-midsized sedans, like these listed below, hug the road and provide plenty of storage space to ensure an enjoyable and comfortable ride no matter how far you travel. These new cars also cost far less, are easier to park, and deliver much better fuel economy than comparable crossovers. Read on to find out if one of our suggested midsize sedans may be the best car for you.


1. 2022 Kia K5

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For the 2021 model year, the newly designed K5 replaced the Kia Optima nameplate, and that model has received a few upgrades for 2022. The most obvious change is that Kia has replaced its old badge with a brand new logo. With the excellent quality of their current lineup, the company is distancing itself from their past reputation. The exterior styling is exciting without being distracting, and the interior is both beautiful and well made.

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Standard models come with a 160-horsepower, 1.6-liter engine which serves its purpose well, but could not be considered sporty. Front-wheel drive is standard with available all-wheel drive. The base engine receives an EPA estimated fuel economy of 29 MPG in the city and 33 on the highway when equipped with front-wheel drive. That is basically double what you can expect from full-size luxury SUVs, which dominate US roadways.

A sporty GT trim includes a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 290 horsepower, paired with a quick-shifting eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, is available. GT K5s launch to 60 miles per hour in just over five seconds, even though GTs are front-wheel drive only. That time is not far off from the Kia Stinger GT sport sedan which packs a V6 engine and AWD. Standard safety equipment includes automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist. Base LX trim K5s start at $24,685 and top-tier GT models cost $32,085 before any additional equipment.

Browse 2022 Kia K5 listings here.


2. 2022 Honda Accord

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The Honda Accord delivers good marks in every category, making it a compelling choice in the mid-size rankings. Exterior styling is eye catching, and the roomy interior is high quality and rivals well equipped luxury cars. The Accord is not just a reliable and safe choice in 2022, it is truly one of the top in the segment.

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After a redesign for 2021, there are no major changes for the 2022 Accord. The Accord offers plenty of passenger space with two rows of supportive seats, along with a generous amount of space in the trunk. The base engine is a spirited 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 192 horsepower and paired with a CVT transmission. A 2.0-liter turbo-four gets 252 horsepower and a smooth-shifting traditional 10-speed automatic. A fuel-efficient hybrid is also available for buyers looking for 40+ MPG.

MSRP for the Honda Accord starts at $25,985 in base trim. The Accord Touring with more luxury features comes in at a minimum of $37,915. All trims come with a user-friendly user interface and at least an 8.0-inch touchscreen running the infotainment system. The Touring trim includes luxury features like heated and ventilated front seats, heated back seats, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Browse 2022 Honda Accord listings here.


3. 2022 Volkswagen Arteon

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The Arteon borrows a muscular look that may be familiar to Audi owners, and is one of the most handsome vehicles in the class. The Arteon has a hatchback rear opening rather than a traditional trunk making its large cargo space easily accessible. Both front and rear seats are comfortable, with plenty of room for four to five adults. Its sleek coupe-like shape does not diminish rear headroom.

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For 2022 the R-Line trim is now standard, which caused a price increase over the prior model years. In addition to the R-Line's sporty appearance, power is increased to 300 horsepower, and torque is up to 295 lb-ft. A new dual-clutch seven-speed transmission replaces a traditional automatic and shifts seamlessly, adding to the luxurious feel of the Arteon.

The Arteon separates itself from its sibling, the VW Passat, not only with its exterior appearance but a more premium and luxurious interior. That higher-end style leads to a high starting price of $41,190 in base trim. The Arteon is more expensive than many midsize cars from its competitors, but delivers near-luxrury car looks, performance, and interior treatments even in base trim.

Browse 2022 Volkswagen Arteon listings here.


4. 2022 Toyota Camry

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The Toyota Camry has long been the standard-bearer for practical, reliable family transportation, but today's Camry is also a stylish and exciting vehicle. The 2022 Camry is largely unchanged following a refresh in 2021. Toyota packs the Camry with standard safety features including automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control included across all trims.

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In standard configuration a 203-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine drives the front wheel via and eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available on models with the standard engine. A hybrid model is available and delivers an estimated 51 MPG in the city and 53 on the highway. The top teir engine is a 301-hp 3.5-liter V6 which significantly ups the power, but is available with front-wheel drive only.

An exciting-looking Camry TRD trim offers improved driving dynamics combining the powerful V6 with a sport-tuned suspension, which really does make the Camry more exciting to drive. The TRD also adds racey front and rear body treatments, a rear decklid spoiler, and dual exhuast. With the retirement of the Mazda 6, the TRD Camry takes up the mantle as the best midsize sedan for enthusiastic drivers. An available two-tone paint job on TRD and XSE models gives the Camry a more modern look, or opt for the Nightshade trim, for blacked-out wheels and other exterior trim.The base model Toyota Camry LE starts at just $26,320 and top trims start in the mid-$30k range.

Browse 2022 Toyota Camry listings here.


5. 2022 Hyundai Sonata

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The Hyundai Sonata is one of the most interesting looking cars in its class. Both the front and rear facias are unlike anything else on the road, and it makes the Sonata stand out, even if its design may not be a complete crowd pleaser. The interior is high-quality and definitely presents a great value compared to the Sonata's low price. Seating is roomy and comfortable, but cargo and storage space are only average for the class.

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Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 190-hp, the upgraded engine is a 1.6-liter turbocharged four making 180-hp, but with improved fuel economy. A Hyrbid is available with up to 52 MPG on the combined cycle depending on trim level. The sporty N Line provides a superior driving experience with a 290-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter engine. The N-Line also includes larger wheels, a performance exhaust, and sportier bucket front seats. The N-Line Night Edition takes the styling a step further with a carbon fiber rear spoiler, matte black wheels, and black emblems.

Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, driver attention warning, and lane-keeping assist. Base models also get an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and each tier adds more luxury than you would expect for the extra cost. The base SE trim level starts at just $25,175.

Browse 2022 Hyundai Sonata listings here.


6. 2022 Subaru Legacy

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The Subaru Legacy is an excellent choice for smaller families living in wintery climates. The interior is simple, but comfortable and uses high-quality materials. New for 2022 are larger wheels for the base model, and additional rear-seat air vents and safety features for mid-level trims. The Legacy also beats the Camry and Accord for trunk space.

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The key feature of the Subaru Legacy is standard AWD. Even in base trim, the Legacy delivers family hauler practicality and all-season versatility, at no extra charge. The base powertrain combines that standard AWD with a 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder featuring 182 horsepower. To get the more powerful turbocharged 2.4-liter making 260 horsepower, buyers will have to opt for one of the higher-end XT trim levels. All trim levels use a CVT, which is well programmed, but causes a droning interior sound under some driving conditions.

Standard features include automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and an adaptive cruise control system with mild steering aids that keep you entered in the lane. AWD and all of these safety features make the Legacy an excellent family sedan for all-weather commuting. For 2022, you can purchase the base trim level at $23,995, which is less than the base cost for most mid-size vehicles. If you want the top-of-the-line trim, go with the Touring XT, which starts at $37,155.

Browse 2022 Subaru Legacy listings here.


7. 2022 Chevrolet Malibu

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The 2022 Chevrolet Malibu is an aging platform, but with a sleek exterior that still looks good compared with more recently designed competitors. The only major change for the 2022 model year is the discontinuation of the base L trim model. An electric parking brake is also standard on all models for 2022. The interior on base models is spacious but lacks any semblance of luxury. While higher trim levels are nice, they do not match offerings from Honda, Hyundai, or Kia.

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The base engine is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 163 horsepower, which powers the front wheels via a CVT transmission. Top-tier Premier trim Malibus are powered by a much stouter 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder making 250-horsepower, which is paired with a nicely refined traditional nine-speed automatic transmission.

The price for the entry-level LS trim starts at $24,395, but we recommend looking at higher tier models to avoid the feeling of a rental car spec interior. Standard safety features are lacking, as most safety features are optional extras included as part of two Driver Confidence Packages. IIHS and NHTSA crash test ratings also fall behind much of the class.

Browse 2022 Chevrolet Malibu listings here.


8. 2022 Nissan Altima

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The Nissan Altima receives few upgrades compared to the 2021 model, but an available Midnight Edition package adds dark trim pieces and wheels for a more modern look. The Altima shines for its front-seat comfort, with posterior accommodations that rival Volvo for longer trips. The Nissan Altima also delivers communicative and precise handling, particularly when equipped with available AWD.

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The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 188 horsepower. The standard engine is adequate, but definitely not thrilling. A 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder brings power up to 248 horsepower and features Nissan's revolutionary variable compression technology for improved efficiency and oomph. Both engines are paired with a CVT, which can generously be described as tolerable. All-wheel drive is available only with the less powerful engine.

Every Altima gets automatic emergency braking, and all but base models feature decent standard safety features like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beams. Nissan's available ProPilot Assist adaptive cruise control can both steer and regulate speed under certain driving conditions. Pricing is not finalized as of writing, but expect base models to start at around $26,000.

Browse 2022 Nissan Altima listings here.


9. 2022 Volkswagen Passat

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2022 will be the last year for the Passat in the United states, as it has been discontinued by Volkswagen. Though it has been somewhat slow-selling, the final model still represents a good value for midsize sedan buyers. Interior comfort matches most of the competition, and rear-seat room is excellent.

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All Passats share a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 174 horsepower paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. No AWD or hybrid option is available for the 2022 model year. Fuel economy is estimated at 23 in the city and 34 on the highway. To send the Passat off in style, VW has cooked up a Limited Edition model, which includes luxury features like heated front and rear seats, premium sound system, and special wheels and color combinations. The Limited Edition Passat's Racing Green Metallic exterior over Mauro Brown leather interior is particularly good-looking.

Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring. Adaptive cruise control is an available extra. Base models start at around $25,000, with the top end Limited Edition Trim ringing up at $31,290. Making the Passat the blander, but much more affordable sibling to the VW Arteon. Overall, the Passat provides a comfortable, well-built option in the midsize sedan segment.

Browse 2022 Volkswagen Passat listings here.


10. Bonus Pick: 2021 Mazda 6

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With so few midsize sedans on the market, a recently discontinued model had to be included to get to an even 10. That's right, a 2021 model year is one of the best sedans for 2022, as the Mazda 6 has been discontinued in the US. Inventory remains available, and the 2021 Mazda 6 is expected to be available well into 2022. The Mazda 6 delivers on Mazda's zoom-zoom reputation, with sporty handling and composed driving dynamics. Top-tier trims also offer interior styling and comfort that rivals luxury sedans. The interior is also one of the quietest in class.

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The standard engine is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 187 horsepower, combined with a traditional six-speed automatic transmission. A turbocharged version of the same engine raises power to 250, and has a massive 320 pound-feet of torque. Those looking for the most exciting midsize sedan to drive should consider the Mazda 6 over any of the offering from 2022.

The Mazda 6 offers up to 35 MPG on the highway when equipped with the base engine. Opting for the turbocharded model costs a few MPG, but means the car can get up to 60 miles per hour in about six seconds. The Mazda 6 starts at $25,470 in base trim, but you may be able to get better deals on a brand new 2021 if you find it on dealer lots in 2022. Keep an eye out for a rumored return of the Mazda 6 in the near future. The new version is expected to be built like a sports car, with rear-wheel drive and a powerful inline-six engine.

Browse 2021 Mazda 6 listings here.