U.S. 2012 Sales & Specs: Toyota Camry vs. Nissan Altima vs. Honda Accord vs. Ford Fusion vs. Chevrolet Malibu vs. Hyundai Sonata


U.S. midsize car sales chart 2012

America’s six most popular conventional midsize cars are also America’s second, fourth, seventh, eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth best-selling vehicles overall in 2012. The Toyota Camry has challengers besides the Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, and Hyundai Sonata.

But if we exclude the crossoverish Subaru Outback, Honda Crosstour, and Toyota Venza as well as exclusively hybrid and/or electric cars like the Prius and the higher-end Volkswagen Passat CC, these six cars own three-quarters of the midsize market. For the most part, it’s all accomplished with traditional four-door sedan bodies. Only the Altima and Accord are offered as coupes.

U.S. 2012 midsize car sales market share chart

To accompany these midsize car sales charts, we’ve done something a little different by listing the key specifications of the current base midsize cars produced by General Motors, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, and Toyota. The best-selling Camry isn’t the cheapest, most powerful, most efficient, or most capacious, and it isn’t the featherweight of the group. However, it ranks near the top in most categories. 

Among the six most popular midsize sedans in the United States, the 2012 Toyota Camry L has the third-lowest base price, the third best city and highway mileage, the third-biggest interior, and the third best power-to-weight ratio. It’s also one of the two lightest. No faithful tracker of the U.S. midsize car segment would be surprised to find that the Camry is statistically average even as it dominates the 14-car segment with 18% market share.

2012 U.S. midsize car sales line graph

There’s a lot to look at in this post. After the jump you’ll find key specifications for the six leading midsize cars. You can click any one of the three charts for a larger view. Use the dropdown menu at the top right of this page to find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for these cars and every other vehicle currently on sale in North America. At the end of this post you’ll also see pertinent links directing you to best seller lists and previous midsize car sales posts. GoodCarBadCar’s April 2012 U.S. auto sales breakdown has 18 other posts worth checking out, this being the 19th and most recent.

CAR →
SPEC ↓
2013 Chevrolet
Malibu Eco 1SA
2012 Ford Fusion S
2012 Honda Accord LX
2012 Hyundai
Sonata GLS
2013 Nissan Altima
S
2012 Toyota
Camry L
Price
$25,995
$22,495
$23,070
$21,670
$23,280
$22,900
Horsepower
182
175
177
198
182
178
Torque
171
172
161
184
180
170
City MPG
25
22
23
24
27
25
Highway MPG
37
32
34
35
38
35
Range
577
560
629
647
684
595
Trunk Volume
13.2
16.5
14.7
16.4
15.4
15.4
Interior Volume
100.3
100.3
106
103.8
101.9
102.7
Curb Weight
3403
3216
3199
3108
3190
Power-To-Weight
19.8
18.8
18.2
16.2
17.1
17.9
Rankings
$
HP
City MPG
HWY
MPG
Trunk
Interior
Weight
Power-To-Weight
#1
Sonata
Sonata
Altima
Altima
Fusion
Accord
Altima
Sonata
#2
Fusion
Malibu
Malibu
Malibu
Sonata
Sonata
Camry
Altima
#3
Camry
Altima
Camry
Camry
Altima
Camry
Sonata
Camry
#4
Accord
Camry
Sonata
Sonata
Camry
Altima
Accord
Accord
#5
Altima
Accord
Accord
Accord
Accord
Fusion
Fusion
Fusion
#6
Malibu
Fusion
Fusion

Fusion

Malibu
Malibu
Malibu
Malibu

Source: Manufacturers & Cars.com
Prices include delivery/destination and an automatic transmission, torque is listed in lb-ft, range is theoretical based on EPA highway rating x fuel capacity, trunk and interior volume is measured in cubic feet, curb weight is listed in pounds, power-to-weight equals pounds per horsepower. The Camry, Sonata, Fusion, and Malibu use a 6-speed automatic, the Accord a 5-speed, and the Altima a CVT. No incentives are taken into account as these vary by region and change frequently. A non-S Altima 2.5 should cost $1000 less but isn’t yet shown on Nissan USA’s site. The regular non-Eco Malibu will have a 100 cubic-foot interior and a 16.3 cubic-foot trunk and will cost less than the Eco. Altima mileage numbers (and thus, range) haven’t been confirmed by the EPA yet. An all-new Fusion will be available soon.

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