This week,’s Editors named the 2014 Nissan Altima their pick for the “most affordable” midsize sedan, a real-world affordability ranking that combines the initial vehicle price with projected fuel costs. Moving up from the number two spot last year, the Altima is joined by the Hyundai Sonata GLS, Toyota Camry LE and Kia Optima LX as top value vehicles.

“The Altima is a strong choice for budget conscious midsize sedan shoppers. Beyond being a good deal, the Altima gets great gas mileage of 38 mpg and received very good crash test results” said Joe Wiesenfelder,’s Executive Editor. “That said, there are many other great midsize sedans for shoppers to consider as well. This list helps shoppers understand which options will give them the most bang for their buck throughout the entire ownership of their car.”

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