2014 Mainstream Family Sedans that We Do and Don’t Recommend Car Buying Tips — 2014 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

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2014 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

2014 Mainstream Family that We Do and Don’t Recommend

by James Hamel

We here at like to do a very thorough job of that our readers are completely about what new car will their life, budget and best before they set foot on a dealer lot. your Uncle Fred may by a Toyota Camry. is he really you buy the 4-cylinder, 6-cylinder or hybrid And does he know how many trim levels there are from the rather plain LE to SE on up to fully loaded XLE?

How is who lacks an obsessive interest in expected to know what to of the choices, especially the number of available in the booming family market segment dominated by such as Altima, Accord and of Camry? As follows are our ten favorite sedans for 2014 including the level we feel offers the balance of features, performance, fun and value. We even tell you engines are winners and which should stay where belong—in the rental fleet.

There is another trim above EX-L V6 in the Accord and that is the Touring model adds adaptive cruise and very bright LED front for $33,430. While some freaks may deem those necessary, we think that our family car favorite already has going for it including its potent yet efficient Earth Dreams V6 which returns an EPA estimated 21 highway. Add in classy styling, a feeling interior and a healthy of fun to drive chutzpah and you have a lose family sedan choice.

Sure, this level may lack the leather and Bose audio system in the top of the line SL-V6 model but in of that it allows buyers to in a $590 in-dash navigation that is only available to of the SL as part of a $1,090 option Prices for this fast, and roomy family sedan in level of trim with the 3.5 liter V6 engine start over $28,000. And Nissan’s CVT works well in this

2014 Toyota Camry LE

Note that nowhere on this list will you a hybrid family car of any kind. is a reason for that and it is quite are generally not much fun to drive. But the latest Camry Hybrid was it was a revelation as instead of feeling a car designed for efficiency at all costs, it like a family sedan an electric battery acting as the This car feels fast, tidily yet still returns 43 highway all while starting at $25,990.

2014 VW Passat TDI or 1.8T

We always loved the way the Tennessee Volkswagen Passat looked and but we never quite warmed to its base 2.5 liter 5-cylinder Thankfully, however, Volkswagen has a breath of internal combustion under the 2014 Passat’s thanks to the rev happy and delightfully all-new 1.8 liter turbocharged So you don’t even need the VR6 The interior is so spacious that it on the excessive, trunk space is and the gas tank is large enough the EPA estimated 30 city/40 highway economy with the TDI can afford a cruising range over 700 Perfect for road trips.

Honda Accord Sport

The 2014 Accord is also with a 2.4 liter 189 horsepower in a new trim designation known as which stickers at just and comes standard with aggressive 18-inch alloy wheels, zone climate control, camera, Bluetooth, USB/iPod for the audio system as well as a of exterior styling enhancements to give it a more aggressive and appearance. The Accord Sport comes with what is question the finest CVT (continuously transmission) automatic on the market which is something Nissan and should study given shaky history with such gearboxes.

The only rear-wheel drive sedan in this test, the with its potent 3.6 liter 295 V6 and 8-speed automatic seems to from some other performance despite costing just $28,000 in SXT guise. Not only is the of the 2014 Charger roomy and but it is screwed together with attention to quality and detail. We just think it looks really cool.

The Optima is is a more basic non-turbocharged and form both of which are decent choices given how sexy this family is both inside and out. The is at once Germanic yet somehow original and unique to Kia. No it is far better looking that its the Sonata plus Kia’s dialed in superior steering and handling ability into the so much so that it’s to tell the two are related. We, of course, the SX Turbo model with its 2.0 turbocharged 274 horsepower 4-cylinder is the definition of “small but mighty.”

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2014 Ford Fusion 2.0 Titanium

There are two gas engines with the 2014 Ford one of which is a 1.6 liter whereas the is a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder out 240 horsepower as opposed to 178. So why the EPA peg the faster 2.0 liter EcoBoost at 22 city/33 highway and the 1.6 at only better 23 city/36 highway. We had a limited amount of time the new 2014 Fusion but came impressed by its feature count, but remained frustrated by an overly center stack that is reliant on a less than touch screen control

2014 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

2014 Chevy Impala LT

All new for model year, the 2014 Impala LT comes with a 3.6 V6 engine with 305 tire horsepower and an interior that be unrecognizable to previous Impala Fit and finish is amazing and rear is plentiful as is the huge 18.8 foot trunk. And while the is a touch light, the ride is smooth and long drives are and peaceful. Yes, we are going to say it, the new Chevy Impala is finally

2014 Mazda6 (any

We have tested the 2014 in its most basic trim a manual transmission and we came loving this sports of family haulers. It is not only but solidly built, even frugal in practice than the EPA (that never happens) and just a hoot and a half to on a long road trip. If you are for a manual gearbox with next family sedan out the 6 and the Accord Sport.

We do have about the excitement levels by 4-cylinder Camry, Altima or Legacy sedan models but at you would just die from after owning one for a while. The family sedan was actually to drive.

Not Recommended

At just a over $27,000 pretty fully loaded, the 2014 Sonata SE should represent a value one would assume.

Impala LT interior.

But it is the only here we cannot recommend because of its subpar driving Not only is the steering so devoid of that it makes it hard to the car tracking straight in your but the suspension bottomed out so easily one road test that a manhole cover caused the to bounce into the lane to us. We know Hyundai can do better and how excellent the competition is they do need to.

2014 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
2014 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
2014 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
2014 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

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