Mid-size: Ford Fusion
Base price: $19,850 - $29,000
Fuel economy: 22 City / 32 HWY

If people bought cars based on merit alone, the Fusion would probably be the best-selling passenger car in America. It's more dependable than either the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry, according to Consumer Reports surveys. It's also better to drive and it looks handsome inside and out.

Ford needs to watch its back, though. Chevrolet has a new Malibu coming out for the 2013 model year and, from the looks of it, it could be a serious contender.

By Peter Valdes-DapenaPeter Valdes-Dapena @CNNMoney - Last updated January 05 2012: 8:32 AM ET
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