In 2014, the top-rated midsized cars were the Chevrolet Malibu, the Hyundai Sonata and the Toyota Camry, according to J.D. Power. The Chevrolet Malibu received J.D. Power's Quality Award.
The Chevrolet Malibu reigned supreme due to its design and mechanical qualities along with its affordability. It earned points for its fuel-efficient 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine with start/stop technology. Rear parking sensors and a collision alert system added to this midsized model's safety factor.
In contrast, Consumer Reports ranked the Honda Accord as the best midsized sedan of 2014 due to its agility and overall 30-mile-per-gallon fuel economy.
Other 2014 midsized vehicles that received notable mentions from Popular Mechanics were the Ford Fusion and Nissan Altima.