Over the last decade or so, scrappy newcomers have chipped away at the old timers’ rule by introducing new styling and lots of standard equipment. Today we see names like Altima, Kizashi and Optima right up there with, and sometimes on top of, Camry and Accord.
Consumer Reports released its June issue yesterday, and the capable testers there have let us know which four-door, four-cylinder sedans have laid claim to kings of the mountain.
In fact, the much-overlooked Japanese hotshot earned a higher rating than the Honda Accord. That’s a mighty significant win for Suzuki! I hope that the victory puts the Kizashi directly onto the radar screens of the mainstream sedan-buying public.
The same could be said for the Kia Optima, which came in behind the Kizashi but also in front of the Accord. CR says,
Kia’s Optima drew praise from Consumer Reports’ engineers for its handling, transmission, controls, fuel economy (25 mpg overall in CR’s own tests) and its crash-test results. Its lows included road noise, low rear-seat height, and limited rear visibility.
While the Optima scored a “Very Good” rating, it wasn’t enough to knock off the current midsize king: the Nissan Altima. The Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry round out the top three.
Would you buy a Kizashi over an Accord?