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Below are the rankings of all family sedans recently tested by CR, including the five new ones for this month. Cars in bold are recommended by CR.

EXCELLENT:
1. Honda Accord EX V6: 89 ($27,850)
2. Volkswagen Passat 3.6: 89 ($33,315)
3. Nissan Altima 3.5SE: 89 ($31,995)
4. Honda Accord Hybrid: 87 ($31,540)
5. Toyota Camry XLE V6: 87 ($29,839)

6. Volkswagen Passat 2.0T: 86 ($27,440)
7. Nissan Altima 2.5S: 85 ($22,705)
8. Toyota Camry Hybrid: 84 ($30,667)

VERY GOOD:
9. Honda Accord EX I4: 78 ($23,515)
10. Ford Fusion SEL V6: 77 ($26,025)

11. Kia Optima EX I4: 77 ($22,795)
12. Toyota Camry LE I4: 77 ($21,080)
13. Hyundai Sonata GLS V6: 76 ($22,995)

14. Kia Optima EX V6: 75 ($23,900)
15. Subaru Legacy 2.5GT: 75 ($30,370)
16. Hyundai Sonata GLS I4: 74 ($21,345)

17. Saturn Aura XR: 70 ($26,820)
18. Mazda6 i and s: 69 ($21,930 and $27,790)
19. Mercury Milan Base I4: 69 ($20,415)
20. Toyota Prius: 68 ($23,780)
21. Chevrolet Malibu LS I4 and LT 3.5: 66 ($20,125 and $22,460)
22. Mitsubishi Galant GTS: 64 ($27,094)
23. Chevrolet Impala 3LT 3.9: 63 ($26,840)

24. Saturn Aura XE: 62 ($21,070)

GOOD:
25. Mitsubishi Galant ES: 58 ($20,994)
26. Pontiac G6 GT 3.5: 56 ($25,989)
27. Buick LaCrosse CXL: 56 ($27,950)

28. Pontiac G6 Base I4: 49 ($20,785
29. Chrysler Sebring Touring 2.7: 48 ($25,465)
30. Chrysler Sebring Touring 2.4: 44 ($20,870)

FAIR:
31. Pontiac Grand Prix 3.8: 38 ($28,255)


Detailed ratings of this month's five cars:

Altima:
Acceleration:
2.5: 4/5 (8.1 seconds to 60)
3.5: 5/5 (6.4 seconds to 60)
Transmission: 5/5
Routine Handling: 4/5
Emergency Handling: 4/5
Max avoidance maneuver speed, S: 51.5 mph
Max avoidance maneuver speed, SE: 53 mph
Braking: 4/5
Wet stop: 143 feet from 60
Dry stop: 135 feet from 60
Ride:
S: 4/5
SE: 3/5
Noise: 4/5
Driving Position: 4/5
Front Seat Comfort: 4/5
Rear Seat Comfort: 4/5
Access: 4/5
Controls and Displays: 5/5
Fit and Finish: 4/5
Trunk: 3/5
Fuel Economy:
2.5: 4/5 (25 mpg)
3.5: 3/5 (23 mpg)
Reliability: Unknown


Optima:
Acceleration: 4/5
2.4: 9.2 seconds to 60
2.7: 8.6 seconds to 60
Transmission: 4/5
Routine Handling: 4/5
Emergency Handling: 4/5 (Max avoidance maneuver speed, 54 mph)
Braking: 4/5
Wet stop: 144 feet from 60
Dry stop: 136 feet from 60
Ride: 4/5
Noise: 4/5
Driving Position: 4/5
Front Seat Comfort: 4/5
Rear Seat Comfort: 4/5
Access: 4/5
Controls and Displays: 5/5
Fit and Finish: 4/5
Trunk: 3/5
Fuel Economy: 3/5
2.4: 23 mpg
2.7: 21 mpg
Reliability: Unknown


Aura:
Acceleration:
3.5: 4/5 (8.1 seconds to 60)
3.6: 5/5 (6.6 seconds to 60)
Transmission:
3.5: 4/5
3.6: 5/5
Routine Handling: 4/5
Emergency Handling: 4/5 (Max avoidance maneuver speed, 51 mph
Braking: 4/5
Wet stop: 160 feet from 60 XE, 155 feet from 60 XR
Dry stop: 140 feet from 60 XE, 137 feet from 60 XR
Ride:
XE: 4/5
XR: 3/5
Noise: 4/5
Driving Position: 4/5
Front Seat Comfort: 4/5
Rear Seat Comfort: 3/5
Access: 4/5
Controls and Displays: 5/5
Fit and Finish: 4/5
Trunk: 2/5
Fuel Economy: 2/5 (20 mpg)
Reliability: Unknown


G6:
Acceleration:
2.4: 3/5 (9.4 seconds to 60)
3.5: 4/5 (7.7 seconds to 60)
Transmission: 4/5
Routine Handling: 4/5
Emergency Handling:
Base: 2/5, Max avoidance maneuver speed: 51 mph
GT: 3/5 Max avoidance maneuver speed: 51.5 mph
Braking: 3/5
Wet stop: 155 feet from 60
Dry stop: 144 feet from 60
Ride: 3/5
Noise:
2.4: 3/5
3.5: 4/5
Driving Position: 4/5
Front Seat Comfort:
Base: 3/5
GT: 4/5
Rear Seat Comfort: 3/5
Access: 4/5
Controls and Displays: 4/5
Fit and Finish: 3/5
Trunk: 3/5
Fuel Economy:
2.4: 3/5 (22 mpg)
3.5: 2/5 (20 mpg)
Reliability: 3/5 V6, unknown I4


Sebring:
Acceleration:
2.4: 3/5 (10.2 seconds to 60)
2.7: 4/5 (8.9 seconds to 60)
Transmission: 4/5
Routine Handling: 4/5
Emergency Handling: 3/5
Max avoidance maneuver speed, 2.4: 51 mph
Max avoidance maneuver speed, 2.7: 52.5 mpg
Braking: 4/5
Wet stop: 156 feet from 60 2.4, 153 feet from 60 2.7
Dry stop: 145 feet from 60 2.4, 144 feet from 60 2.7
Ride: 3/5
Noise:
2.4: 3/5
2.7: 4/5
Driving Position: 4/5
Front Seat Comfort: 3/5
Rear Seat Comfort: 3/5
Access: 4/5
Controls and Displays: 5/5
Fit and Finish: 3/5
Trunk: 2/5
Fuel Economy: 3/5
2.4: 23 mpg
2.7: 21 mpg
Reliability: Unknown


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