The 2014 Nissan Altima has been named the most affordable midsize sedan in a recent survey completed by Cars.com.
"The Altima is a strong choice for budget conscious midsize sedan shoppers," said Joe Wiesenfelder, Cars.com's executive editor. "Beyond being a good deal, the Altima gets great gas mileage of 38 MPG and received very good crash test results."
To be eligible for consideration, cars had to be equipped with features such as automatic transmission, cruise control, a USB connection, Bluetooth, power windows, a power driver's seat and a backup camera. Cars.com used these features and the five-year estimated fuel cost to compile its list of the 10 most economical midsize sedans.
1. Nissan Altima
The 2014 Nissan Altima S was ranked as the most affordable midsize sedan by Cars.com. According to the survey, the Altima tested was priced at $23,820 and has a five-year fuel cost of $9,000, for a total cost of $32,820.
2. Hyundai Sonata GLS
Ranked second by Cars.com, the 2014 Sonata GLS tested carries a price tag of $23,160 and has an estimated five-year fuel cost of $9,750 for a total cost of $32,910.
3. Toyota Camry LE
The 2014 Toyota Camry LE is ranked as the third most affordable midsize sedan by Cars.com. The model tested was priced at $23,780 and has a five-year fuel cost of $9,750 for a total cost of $33,530.
4. Kia Optima LX
The 2014 Kia Optima LX holds the distinction of having the highest fuel costs on the Cars.com list of Most Affordable Midsize Sedans. The car tested was priced at $23,700 and with its five-year fuel costs of $10,250 calculated to a total cost of $33,950.
5. Kia Optima Hybrid LX
Kia's Optima model goes back-to-back on the Cars.com list, with the hybrid version coming in at number five. Priced at $27,400, its five-year annual fuel costs of $7,250 equates to a total cost of $34,650.
6. Honda Accord
The 2014 Honda Accord Sport is ranked sixth. The popular sedan's sticker price of $25,305 combines with a five-year fuel cost of $9,500 for a total cost of $34,805.
7. Ford Fusion
The 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE FWD holds several distinctions on the Cars.com list. It's the highest ranked American car, the most expensive sedan in the top10 and also has the lowest five-year fuel costs. Priced at $29,100, the Fusion has a five-year fuel cost of $5,750 for a total cost of $34,850.
8. Chrysler 200 Limited
At number eight is the 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited. With a sticker price of $25,145 and a five-year fuel cost of $9,750, the 200 has a total cost of $34,895.
9. Mazda 6
The 2015 Mazda 6 Touring sedan comes in at number nine. Priced at $25,690 with a five-year fuel cost of $9,250, the total cost is $34,940.
10. Chevrolet Malibu
Rounding out Cars.com's list of the Most Affordable Midsize Sedans is the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. With a sticker price of $25,700 and a five-year fuel cost of $9,500, the car's total cost is $35,200.