Best 2013 Midsized Car for the Money: Ford Fusion

Average U.S. price: $21,779

"The Fusion is really fun to drive in class of cars that are usually pretty boring," Page Deaton says. "And it's got a lot of room. You can put adults in the back seat for a long drive and you won't hear many complaints."

Completely redesigned for 2013, the five-passenger Fusion garners an 8.7 score in U.S. News' rankings.

The magazine found that most reviewers give the car a thumbs-up for good looks, a roomy interior, quality finishes and sporty handling.

The base model's 175-horsepower four-cylinder engine also offers a decent 22 mpg/city and 34/mpg highway, while the Fusion earned top IIHS and NHTSA crash-test scores and 4.25 stars out of five on J.D. Power's reliability rankings.

In fact, the Fusion's only real negative is its poorly reviewed Sync and MyFord infotainment systems.

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