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.

is another trim level EX-L V6 in the Accord line-up and is the Touring model which adaptive cruise control and bright LED front headlamps for While some gadget may deem those items we think that our current car favorite already has plenty for it including its potent yet fuel Earth Dreams Technology V6 returns an EPA estimated 21 city/34 Add in classy styling, a luxurious interior and a healthy dose of fun to chutzpah and you have a can’t family sedan buying

Sure, this trim may lack the leather seats and audio system found in the top of the SL-V6 model but in place of it allows buyers to option in a in-dash navigation system is only available to buyers of the SL as of a $1,090 option package. for this fast, stylish and family sedan in this of trim with the exemplary 3.5 V6 engine start just $28,000. And Nissan’s CVT automatic well in this application.

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

that nowhere else on list will you find a family car of any kind. There is a for that and it is quite simple—they are not much fun to drive. But when the Camry Hybrid was released it was a as instead of feeling like a car for efficiency at all costs, it felt a family sedan with an battery acting as the turbocharger. car feels fast, handles yet still returns 43 city/39 all while starting at just

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 … 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 … boredom after owning one for a The next family sedan was scary to drive.

Not Recommended

At a little over $27,000 much fully loaded, the Hyundai Sonata SE should a good value one would

2014 Impala LT interior.

But it is the model here we cannot simply because of its subpar dynamics. Not only is the steering so of feel that it makes it to keep the car tracking straight in lane but the suspension bottomed out so during one road test hitting a manhole cover the vehicle to bounce into the next to us. We know Hyundai can do and given how excellent the competition is really do need to.

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

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