You have $22,000 to spend, which of these would you buy and why?

So, your budget is 22,000 (excluding taxes) . . . which of these would you buy and why?

Ford Fusion Image

  • MSRP: $19,820 – $28,810
  • Invoice: $18,567 – $26,459
  • Avg. Paid: $20,460
    - $29,501
  • MPG: 22 City / 32 Hwy


#1


2011 Ford Fusion

Reviewers were impressed with the 2010 Ford Fusion’s upscale
interior, more powerful engine options and available all-wheel
drive. The 2011 Ford Fusion maintains these traits, but gains …

U.S.News Scores
Overall: 9.1
Performance: 9.0
Exterior: 9.0
Interior: 8.8
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 9.0

Ford Fusion Hybrid Image

  • MSRP: $28,405 – $28,405
  • Invoice: $26,094 – $26,094
  • Avg. Paid: $29,059
    - $29,059
  • MPG: 41 City / 36 Hwy


#2


2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid

If you’re in the market for a Hybrid, you may not need to look
further than the 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid. It was the 2010 North
American …

U.S.News Scores
Overall: 9.0
Performance: 9.0
Exterior: 8.7
Interior: 8.9
Safety: NA
Reliability: NA

Hyundai Sonata Image

  • MSRP: $19,395 – $25,495
  • Invoice: $18,593 – $23,847
  • Avg. Paid: $19,816
    - $25,834
  • MPG: 24 City / 35 Hwy


#2


2011 Hyundai Sonata

Sharply-styled inside and out, and remarkably fuel-efficient, the
all-new Hyundai Sonata is winning some positive press — but
its most upscale trims can’t compete with some competitors.

U.S.News Scores
Overall: 9.0
Performance: 8.2
Exterior: 8.2
Interior: 8.0
Safety: 9.9
Reliability: 8.0

Toyota Prius Image

  • MSRP: $23,520 – $28,790
  • Invoice: $22,108 – $26,801
  • Avg. Paid: $25,122
    - $30,576
  • MPG: 51 City / 48 Hwy


#2


2011 Toyota Prius

The 2011 Toyota Prius isn’t the most comfortable or fastest car on
the market, but the Prius makes up for these faults with its stellar
fuel economy …

U.S.News Scores
Overall: 9.0
Performance: 8.3
Exterior: 8.6
Interior: 8.5
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: NA

Mazda Mazda6 Image

  • MSRP: $19,990 – $29,320
  • Invoice: $18,481 – $27,098
  • Avg. Paid: $19,407
    - $28,255
  • MPG: 20 City / 29 Hwy


#5


2011 Mazda Mazda6

If you want a side of sport with your order of affordable midsize
car, be sure to take a look at the 2011 Mazda6.

U.S.News Scores
Overall: 8.9
Performance: 8.7
Exterior: 9.2
Interior: 8.5
Safety: 8.7
Reliability: NA

Suzuki Kizashi Image

  • MSRP: $18,999 – $27,149
  • Invoice: $18,239 – $26,063
  • Avg. Paid: $18,639
    - $26,375
  • MPG: 21 City / 31 Hwy


#5


2011 Suzuki Kizashi

The 2011 Suzuki Kizashi aims to compete with such upscale midsize
cars as the Acura TSX or Audi A4, but for the price of an affordable
midsize …

U.S.News Scores
Overall: 8.9
Performance: 8.8
Exterior: 8.6
Interior: 8.3
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: NA

Honda Accord Image

  • MSRP: $21,180 – $31,730
  • Invoice: $19,214 – $28,747
  • Avg. Paid: $21,065
    - $30,949
  • MPG: 23 City / 33 Hwy


#7


2011 Honda Accord

The 2011 Honda Accord is the go-to car for reliability and
practicality in the class of Affordable Midsize Cars. To keep pace
with rivals, Honda has made …

U.S.News Scores
Overall: 8.8
Performance: 8.2
Exterior: 7.7
Interior: 8.4
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: NA

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Image

  • MSRP: $25,795 – $25,795
  • Invoice: $24,383 – $24,383
  • Avg. Paid: $26,129
    - $26,129
  • MPG: 35 (Est) City / 40 (Est) Hwy


#7


2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is your best bet if you’re looking
for a car that combines great fuel economy with strong performance,
an upscale interior and …

U.S.News Scores
Overall: 8.8
Performance: 8.0
Exterior: 8.6
Interior: 8.5
Safety: NA
Reliability: NA

Nissan Altima Image

  • MSRP: $20,270 – $30,540
  • Invoice: $19,431 – $28,294
  • Avg. Paid: $19,739
    - $29,217
  • MPG: 23 City / 31 Hwy


#9


2011 Nissan Altima

The automotive press considers the 2011 Nissan Altima a solid choice
for small families, but notes that it’s easily surpassed by the
competition in terms of performance, …

U.S.News Scores
Overall: 8.7
Performance: 8.4
Exterior: 8.6
Interior: 7.7
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: NA

Chevrolet Malibu Image

  • MSRP: $21,975 – $27,165
  • Invoice: $20,876 – $25,807
  • Avg. Paid: $22,161
    - $26,625
  • MPG: 22 City / 33 Hwy


#10


2011 Chevrolet Malibu

Though the Chevrolet Malibu is an excellent family car, it competes
in a competitive class.  By doing some comparison shopping, you may
find an even better car …

U.S.News Scores
Overall: 8.6
Performance: 7.9
Exterior: 9.0
Interior: 8.4
Safety: 8.3
Reliability: 7.0

Kia Optima Image

  • MSRP: $19,200 – $26,200
  • Invoice: $18,800 – $24,480
  • Avg. Paid: $19,803
    - $26,762
  • MPG: 24 City / 35 Hwy


#11


2011 Kia Optima

Reviewers say that the 2011 Kia Optima’s redesign has turned it from
a forgettable sedan to a car that can compete with the best in the
class.

U.S.News Scores
Overall: 8.5
Performance: 8.3
Exterior: 8.4
Interior: 7.0
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: NA

Toyota Camry Hybrid Image

  • MSRP: $27,050 – $27,050
  • Invoice: $24,887 – $24,887
  • Avg. Paid: $27,033
    - $27,033
  • MPG: 31 City / 35 Hwy


#12


2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid

The 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid is a rare bird. While most hybrids tend
to have a high entrance fee over the standard model, the Camry
Hybrid provides …

U.S.News Scores
Overall: 8.3
Performance: 8.0
Exterior: 7.9
Interior: 8.4
Safety: 6.4
Reliability: NA

Subaru Legacy Image

  • MSRP: $19,995 – $31,395
  • Invoice: $18,926 – $29,259
  • Avg. Paid: $19,974
    - $30,940
  • MPG: 19 City / 27 Hwy


#13


2011 Subaru Legacy

The 2011 Subaru Legacy manages to measure up against other
affordable midsize cars and remains the only one to come with
standard all-wheel-drive.

U.S.News Scores
Overall: 8.2
Performance: 8.3
Exterior: 7.9
Interior: 7.8
Safety: 8.4
Reliability: 6.0

Nissan Altima Hybrid Image

  • MSRP: $26,800 – $26,800
  • Invoice: $25,116 – $25,116
  • Avg. Paid: $26,160
    - $26,160
  • MPG: 33 City / 33 Hwy


#14


2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid

In a growing class, the 2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid is easily
overlooked because of its low fuel economy ratings, limited
availability and expensive optional packages.

U.S.News Scores
Overall: 8.1
Performance: 7.8
Exterior: 8.4
Interior: 8.4
Safety: NA
Reliability: NA

Toyota Camry Image

  • MSRP: $20,195 – $29,845
  • Invoice: $18,882 – $27,159
  • Avg. Paid: $20,295
    - $29,683
  • MPG: 22 City / 33 Hwy


#14


2011 Toyota Camry

The best-selling car in America for eight straight years, the Toyota
Camry saw its reputation damaged by Toyota’s highly-publicized
recalls for unintended acceleration (see our Toyota Recall …

U.S.News Scores
Overall: 8.1
Performance: 7.6
Exterior: 7.9
Interior: 8.4
Safety: 7.4
Reliability: 7.0

Volkswagen Passat Image

  • MSRP: $26,995 – $27,195
  • Invoice: $25,277 – $25,412
  • Avg. Paid: $25,360
    - $25,688
  • MPG: 22 City / 31 Hwy


#14


2010 Volkswagen Passat

The 2010 Volkswagen Passat is an affordable midsize car with an
interior that almost belongs in a more expensive class, combined
with with suspension tuning that makes …

U.S.News Scores
Overall: 8.1
Performance: 8.0
Exterior: 7.7
Interior: 8.2
Safety: 8.3
Reliability: 6.0

Mitsubishi Galant Image

  • MSRP: $21,599 – $23,999
  • Invoice: $20,687 – $22,986
  • Avg. Paid: $21,398
    - $23,668
  • MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy


#17


2011 Mitsubishi Galant

Due to its cheap interior, underpowered engine and dated feel,
reviewers don’t recommend the 2011 Mitsubishi Galant.

U.S.News Scores
Overall: 7.5
Performance: 7.9
Exterior: 7.4
Interior: 7.7
Safety: 8.7
Reliability: 8.0

Chrysler 200 Image

  • MSRP: $19,245 – $23,945
  • Invoice: $18,985 – $22,924
  • Avg. Paid: $19,156
    - $23,656
  • MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy


#18


2011 Chrysler 200

The new Chrysler 200 replaces the lackluster Sebring sedan. It
solves many of the problems that afflicted the old Sebring, but it
isn’t quite up to par …

U.S.News Scores
Overall: 7.2
Performance: 8.0
Exterior: 8.4
Interior: 5.8
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: NA

Dodge Avenger Image

  • MSRP: $20,230 – $21,730
  • Invoice: $19,506 – $20,886
  • Avg. Paid: $20,541
    - $22,014
  • MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy


#19


2010 Dodge Avenger

The aging Dodge Avenger has always sat at the back of a very large,
very competitive group of midsize family cars.  It comes into 2010
unchanged, and …

U.S.News Scores
Overall: 6.4
Performance: 6.1
Exterior: 7.9
Interior: 6.9
Safety: 9.8
Reliability: 5.0

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