3 High Quality Midsized Sedans
The U.S. car selling market seems as if it is dominated by SUVs,
pick up trucks, and minivans. Certainly, together, these types of
vehicles do account for more than half of all new vehicles sold
year in and year out. When it comes to car sales, the crowded mid-size
market leads the way with dozens of models competing. We ll explore
three popular mid-size performers currently making an impact on
For years, the Ford Taurus was the industry leader
in car sales. After years of dominance, this mid-sized offering
began to lose its grip on the #1 spot, finally ceding the lead to
Toyota s popular Camry during the mid 1990s. Ever since then the
Camry has led U.S. car sales followed closely by the Honda Accord.
For its part, the Camry is not a remarkable looking
car. It is, however, very dependable and a strong performer in the
resale market. You can find quality Toyota
parts online. Standard equipment for the sedan is a 2.4L
DOHC 16-valve 4 cylinder engine; 5 speed manual transmission; variable
assist rack and pinion steering; ABS; power windows & locks; tilt
wheel/cruise control; air conditioning; AM/FM/CD player. Base model
MSRP is $18,445.
The Honda Accord is the chief competitor to the
Camry. Similarly, the Accord is not radical in design, but Honda
fans love the car as it is dependable and it depreciates slowly.
You can find quality Honda
auto parts online. Standard equipment is a 2.3L DOHC 16-valve
4 cylinder engine; 5 speed manual transmission; variable rack and
pinion steering; ABS; and tilt wheel. Base model MSRP is $16,295
with notable extras missing including air conditioning, CD, and
Further up in the luxury category is the Volvo S40,
the lowest priced offering from the Swedish-American automaker.
Espousing typical Volvo design, the S40 is somewhat more sleek than
its Japanese rivals. Standard equipment for the S40 is a 2.5-liter,
5-cylinder turbocharged engine; 5 speed manual transmission; traction
control; power windows & locks; tilt wheel/cruise control; air conditioning;
AM/FM/CD player. MSRP for the base S40 will run you $23,755. You
can keep your S40 in tip top shape by using quality Volvo
parts in your car.
Clearly, the Camry and Accord are the value and sales leaders while
the S40 is meant to appeal to those desiring a little bit of European
luxury, but at a reasonable price. Alternately, Toyota s luxury
division, Lexus, and Honda's luxury division, Acura,
offer models for those seeking a level of comfort comparable to
the Volvo, with top reliablity.
Matt Keegan is a contributing writer for Car Parts Stuff,
an online supplier of high quality and well priced automobile parts.
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