Mid­size

Austin American-Statesman - - D STATESMAN CARS -

1.) Chrysler 300 SRT8 - The SRT8 ver­sion of this mid­size sedan is what puts the 300 at the top of the list for me. The looks of the 300 are clas­sic. The in­te­rior space is ideal for fam­i­lies. It has all the in­te­rior ameni­ties to keep driver and pas­sen­gers com­fort­able. But the 6.4-liter V-8 Hemi en­gine makes this oh-so-much fun to drive.

2.) Kia Op­tima Turbo - The Korean car­maker has had a good cou­ple of years. They’ve caught up to the dom­i­nat­ing brands within the mid­size seg­ment (Camry, Ac­cord, Al­tima). One of the rea­sons the Op­tima is so nice is the ver­sa­til­ity of­fered. First, the looks are sharp and the in­te­rior has nice qual­ity ma­te­ri­als in­side. Sec­ond, the Op­tima is of­fered in a hy­brid and turbo ver­sion. The Turbo for me, would be the choice in the Op­tima. The 2.0-liter en­gine cre- ates 274 horse­power and really stands out in this seg­ment.

3.) Toy­ota Camry - What’s not to like about the re­li­able Camry, es­pe­cially af­ter it was re­designed with a new ex­te­rior and in­te­rior and with bet­ter fuel econ­omy and a lower price? Camry makes this list for do­ing just enough to up­date their mid­size stal­wart for a more up-to-date look and im­proved per­for­mance.

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