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Cars.com Names the 2014 Nissan Altima the Most Affordable Midsize Sedan


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2014 Nissan Altima

CHICAGO--May 21, 2014: Cars.com has named the 2014 Nissan Altima the most affordable midsize sedan. Contenders had to be equipped with features like automatic transmission, cruise control, a USB connection, Bluetooth, power windows, a power driver's seat and a backup camera. Taking into account these features and the five-year estimated fuel cost, Cars.com compiled a list of 10 midsize sedans, ranked from most to least affordable, with the 2015 Nissan Altima taking the top spot.

"The Altima is a strong choice for budget conscious midsize sedan shoppers. Beyond being a good deal, the Altima gets great gas mileage of 38 mpg and received very good crash test results" said Joe Wiesenfelder, Cars.com's Executive Editor. "That said, there are many other great midsize sedans for shoppers to consider as well. This list helps shoppers understand which options will give them the most bang for their buck throughout the entire ownership of their car."

The top 10 most affordable midsize sedans according to Cars.com editors are:

Model & Trim Level

Tested Price

5-Year Fuel Cost

Total Cost

2014 Nissan Altima S

$23,820

$9,000

$32,820

2014 Hyundai Sonata GLS

$23,160

$9,750

$32,910

2014 Toyota Camry LE

$23,780

$9,750

$33,530

2014 Kia Optima LX

$23,700

$10,250

$33,950

2013 Kia Optima Hybrid LX

$27,400

$7,250

$34,650

2014 Honda Accord Sport

$25,305

$9,500

$34,805

2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE FWD

$29,100

$5,750

$34,850

2015 Chrysler 200 Limited

$25,145

$9,750

$34,895

2015 Mazda Mazda6 Touring

$25,690

$9,250

$34,940

2014 Chevrolet Malibu 1Lt

$25,700

$9,500

$35,200

"The midsize sedan remains one of the most popular types of cars on sale today," said Wiesenfelder. "They serve as a great option for so many different types of car shoppers because of their often roomy interiors and impressive standard features all at an affordable price. Because they remain so popular, the midsize segment has become incredibly competitive, and automakers continue to introduce new and newly redesigned models on a very regular basis, giving shoppers many options to choose from."