Here Are Kelly Blue Book’s Picks for the 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000

The term “affordable sedan” used to refer to a car that was basic, sensible and rather boring. However, the latest crop of sedans under $25k offer style and performance that has to be experienced, according to vehicle valuation experts at Kelly Blue Book.

KBB’s editors recently tested 2016 models, and made their picks for the 10 best:

#10 Ford Fusion – KBB said that the Fusion now offers something for virtually any family- sedan shopper, with its combination of style, performance, sophistication and fuel economy.

KBB especially liked its “roomy and high-tech interior, with advanced electronic driving aids, high-end infotainment options and comfortable seating for five.”

#9 Mazda Mazda3 – This model comes in both sedan and hatchback configurations, and has previously appeared on KBB’s list of 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 — for 12 years in a row.

That says something about this car: Mazda got it right. Of all its virtues, it is the Mazda3’s performance that stands out in a competitive category that includes the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra.

#8 Nissan Altima – Nissan completely updated this popular model for 2016. KBB like its easy manners, comfort and ample room.

The editors noted a lack of powertrain options – with no all-wheel drive or diesel to be had. They also noted that the Altima coupe and hybrid Altima are no longer being produced.

#7 Chevy Malibu – This is another model that was totally redesigned for 2016. KBB found the new Malibu to be both roomier and more stylish than the one it replaces.

Its good looks are matched with a modern interior and high-tech features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear cross-traffic alert and automatic-parking assist.

#6 Subaru Legacy – Unique in its class for offering standard all-wheel drive, the Legacy is a favorite of drivers in snow country. While gaining excellent foul-weather capabilities, buyers lose nothing in terms of room, comfort or modern features.

With the Legacy, Subaru has maintained a reputation for outstanding reliability while adding the latest in infotainment and driver-assist technology.

#5 Toyota Camry – This one is a perennial favorite due to its reliability, outstanding resale value and user-friendly manners and features.

KBB notes that the best-selling car in America offers racy styling and new features to match its traditional virtues.

#4 Honda Civic – The ever-popular Civic was also totally redesigned for 2016. KBB called it, “…one of the most thoroughly impressive new vehicles we’ve seen in years.”

It’s no wonder, with the Civic offering a mix of turbo power and 42-mpg highway fuel economy – all with a fresh exterior look and sportier road manners.

#3 Hyundai Sonata – This model has long wooed buyers with a combination of value and style. Hyundai backs it with class-leading 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranties.

KBB said that the Sonata manages to distinguish itself in a very competitive category, with its comfort, powertrain options and attractive styling.

#2 Honda Accord – This favorite family car gets updated looks and new technology for 2016. KBB points out its “easy-to-use instrumentation, class-leading reliability and excellent resale values” as being powerful reasons to keep the Accord on everyone’s list.

Accord buyers will have to do without AWD or a diesel option, though.

#1 Kia Optima – This car has been totally redesigned, but still retains the style of the older model. KBB said that it offers “…an upgraded interior, and a new turbocharged engine with better low-end power delivery.”

KBB found this car surprisingly fun to drive, and a real competitor to the class leaders.

To find out more about KBB’s picks HERE.

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