1. 2014 Honda Accord
MSRP: $21,955

It's nice to watch a year of upgrades pay off immediately

Back in 2013, Honda's goal was to make the Accord less of a Point A-to-Point B snooze fest by adding standard an 8-inch LCD display for its information, communication and app-based entertainment system, a single-angle backup camera, dual zone climate control, a lane-drift detector, a power moonroof and alloy wheels. New options include a three-angle backup cam, enhanced safety sensors, LED running lights and adaptive cruise control.

The one element that remained intact, however, was the Accord's combined 32 miles per gallon. Though the Detroit makeovers haven't helped the Accord, it's still one of only two cars among the Top 5 vehicles sold in the U.S. The country that loves it a Ford F-Series, a Chevy Silverado and a Dodge Ram also loves an Accord.

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