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Best Bang for Your Buck Midsize Sedan

Cars.com recently released a list of what they consider to be the most affordable midsized sedans for 2015, after including ownership costs and depreciation over a five year ownership period. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata SE topped the list with a final cost of less than $20,000, with others on the list including the 2015 Kia Optima LX, 2015 Toyota Camry LE, and 2015 Ford Fusion S. Below is a look at the full list.

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VehicleEst. 5-Year Fuel Cost+ Price As Equipped= Total Cost- Residual Value= Final Cost
2015 Hyundai Sonata SE$6,500$23,125$29,625-$9,712$19,913
2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid S$4,500$26,010$30,510-$10,144$20,366
2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium$6,250$24,290$30,540-$9,959$20,581
2015 Ford Fusion S$7,250$22,935$30,185-$9,403$20,782
2015 Nissan Altima S$6,000$24,045$30,045-$9,137$20,908
2015 Mazda Mazda6 Touring$6,000$25,815$31,815-$10,842$20,973
2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE$4,500$27,615$32,115-$11,046$21,069
2015 Toyota Camry LE$6,750$23,795$30,545-$9,042$21,503
2015 Honda Accord Sport$6,000$25,485$31,485-$9,939$21,546
2015 Kia Optima LX$7,000$24,115$31,115-$8,681$22,434
2015 Honda Accord Hybrid Base$4,000$30,125$34,125-$11,146$22,979
2015 Volkswagen Passat LE$6,750$24,815$31,565-$8,437$23,128
2015 Kia Optima Hybrid Base$5,000$28,215$33,215-$9,593$23,622
2015 Chevrolet Malibu 1LT$6,500$25,985$32,485-$8,575$23,910
2015 Chrysler 200 Limited$6,750$25,840$32,590-$8,010$24,580
2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited$5,000$30,325$35,325-$10,614$24,711
2015 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE w/Sunroof$6,250$29,945$36,195-$11,379$24,816

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