Top 10 Affordable Used Midsize Sedans for Students

Prices are continuously rising for cars and this is because the standard of features most especially safety features are being raised every year, so each car manufacturer tries as much as possible to cram these expensive features into their cars to make sure they pass certain regulations.

Obviously, these features add to the overall cost of cars and as students, finding that car that fits your style and budget without sacrificing practicality and power can be quite a daunting task and due to the competitiveness of the automotive industry, the selection process can be very complicated because most of the affordable cars are either weak when it comes to power or devoid of most of the modern age amenities.

However, in this article, we have put together in no particular order, a detailed list of pre-owned sedans with an emphasis on exterior styling, practicality, and luxurious features. The vehicles in this list will be categorized and rated based on their design, mechanical features and ownership costs to aid your selection process and steer you towards making the perfect choice.

2018 Toyota Camry

Exterior Styling: 96
Comfort: 94
Interior Design: 92
Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic transmission
Engine Options: 2.5L 4-Cyl Engine or 3.5L 6-Cyl Engine
Average Gas Mileage: 29/41 MPG (4-Cyl) or 22/33 MPG (6-Cyl)
Projected Ownership Cost Over 5 Years:  $31,527
Average Vehicle Cost: $21,189
Reliability Rating: 88

Backed by the staunch reliability of the Toyota brand, the Toyota Camry has built a reputation for over 20 years as being the poster child for Toyota in terms of reliability, comfort, and overall ownership cost. The 2018 Toyota Camry doesn’t fall short of the bar set by its older siblings. Whichever trim you test will impress you with its supple ride and fuel economy. The 2018 Camry comes with either a 4-cylinder engine which puts out 203 horsepower or a 6-cylinder engine that puts out 301 horsepower. Whichever engine choice you make, the powertrain maximizes the engine power for all driving conditions via its eight-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features on the 2018 Toyota Camry include 7-inch touchscreen display with a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, Lane Departure Warning System, Pedestrian Detection System, and lots more.

2018 Kia Optima

Exterior Styling: 98
Comfort: 98
Interior Design: 96
Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
Transmission: Six-speed or Seven-speed automatic transmission
Engine Options: 2.4L 4-Cyl Engine, 1.6L Turbocharged 4-Cyl Engine or 2.0L Turbocharged 4-Cyl Engine
Average Gas Mileage: 26/36 MPG (2.4L) or 28/37 MPG (1.6L) or 22/31 MPG (2.0L)
Projected Ownership Cost Over 5 Years:  $34,676
Average Vehicle Cost: $18,092
Reliability Rating: 96

The 2017 Kia Optima is a sporty looking sedan that stands out from a sea of cars. It is also a pocket friendly car that boasts of all the latest safety features and amenities. It come in three different engines that provide impressive miles per gallon with enough power to zip through traffic or merge lanes. It is one of the safest vehicles and was awarded 5 Stars by the NHTSA for its overall crash safety ratings. It has a plush and spacious interior that offers a great level of comfort over harsh roads and it is very comfortable for long trips.

 2018 Honda Accord

Exterior Styling: 98
Comfort: 96
Interior Design: 96
Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
Transmission: Continuously Variable Transmission, Six-speed manual or Ten-speed automatic transmission
Engine Options: 1.5L Turbocharged 4-Cyl Engine or 2.0L Turbocharged 4-Cyl Engine
Average Gas Mileage: 30/38 MPG (1.5L 4-Cyl) or 23/34 MPG (2.0L 4-Cyl)
Projected Ownership Cost Over 5 Years:  $34,260
Average Vehicle Cost: $20,140
Reliability Rating: 92

The Honda Accord has been a strong competitor to the Toyota Camry for a very long time and the 2018 Honda Accord proves why it has been successful in giving the Camry a run for its money. It has a sleek exterior design with a sporty drivetrain. It is one of the very few cars that offer a manual version of its transmission which is a plus for driving enthusiasts. It offers a very quiet and refined cabin with minimal noise intrusion. The vehicle is very agile with peppy acceleration and it attacks corners with so much gut and sticks to the road like glue. Overall, it is sporty and inspires so much confidence when driving.

2017 Hyundai Sonata

Exterior Styling: 96
Comfort: 96
Interior Design: 94
Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
Transmission: Six-speed or Nine-speed automatic transmission
Engine Options: 2.4L 4-Cyl Engine, 1.6L Turbocharged 4-Cyl Engine or 2.0L Turbocharged 4-Cyl Engine
Average Gas Mileage: 25/36 MPG (2.4L) or 28/36 MPG (1.6L) or 22/31 MPG (2.0L)
Projected Ownership Cost Over 5 Years:  $28,255
Average Vehicle Cost: $14,692
Reliability Rating: 94

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata is a balanced out vehicle that is available in two different engines mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that provide impressive fuel economy numbers and very practical and spacious interior. The ride quality of the Sonata is supple, refined and very comfortable for long trips. Its overall maintenance cost of is very low, and it is lined up with numerous safety equipment and is has an impressive crash ratings.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu

Exterior Styling: 98
Comfort: 96
Interior Design: 96
Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
Transmission: Six-speed or Nine-speed automatic transmission
Engine Options: 1.5L Turbocharged 4-Cyl Engine or 2.0L Turbocharged 4-Cyl Engine
Average Gas Mileage: 27/36 MPG (1.5L) or 22/33 MPG (2.0L)
Projected Ownership Cost Over 5 Years:  $29,129
Average Vehicle Cost: $14,627
Reliability Rating: 98

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is a four-door midsize sedan that directly competes with likes of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry and it prevails over them in exterior design and powertrain. It is thoughtfully designed with an impressive list of safety and entertainment features and generous interior room space. The Malibu is offered with two different engine options and is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission which results in very great fuel economy and its overall maintenance cost is minimal

2018 Ford Fusion

Exterior Styling: 96
Comfort: 96
Interior Design: 94
Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive or All Wheel Drive
Transmission: Six-speed automatic transmission
Engine Options: 2.5L 4-Cyl Engine, 1.5L Turbocharged 4-Cyl Engine or 2.0L Turbocharged 4-Cyl Engine or 2.7L 6-Cyl Engine
Average Gas Mileage: 21/32 MPG (2.5L) or 23/34 MPG (1.5L) or 21/31 MPG (2.0L) or 17/26 MPG (2.7L)
Projected Ownership Cost Over 5 Years:  $33,782
Average Vehicle Cost: $15,399
Reliability Rating: 94

The Ford Fusion is in a highly saturated class of midsize sedans, but it distinguishes itself with its comfortable and spacious interior, highly intuitive technologies and safety features, and great driver-centric experience. The Fusion is very practical and comfortable with its fine-tuned ride quality and unobtrusive engine noise. It is equipped with a variety of engine choices that offer peppy acceleration and enough power whenever it is needed. It also comes in All Wheel Drive which is a huge advantage over its competition.

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