5. Chevrolet Malibu
Number sold through September:
Difference from 2012:
The effects of the 2013 makeover are starting to fade a bit, but the Malibu is still making inroads in this category.
We mentioned that the automakers were trying to make the midsizes a bit more fun with a few tech playthings, but
took that to heart by packing the Malibu's base model with an AM-FM stereo with iPod/USB and auxiliary input jacks, Bluetooth with hands-free streaming of audio from compatible devices, OnStar and
Satellite Radio. Everything above that base model gets a large touch-screen display using Chevrolet's MyLink information and entertainment system,
Internet Radio playback and Sirus XM Travel Link navigation.
The combined 29 miles per gallon is better than the highway mileage of some midsize competitors and an improvement from 27.5 last year, but the facelift it got for 2014 makes the Malibu's exterior just as stylish as its two-tone interior.