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Which Budget Car is Best For Me?
by Canvas • June 19, 2019


Which Budget Car Should I Get?

Today’s drivers want a mid-size family sedan that does not look or perform like a run-of-the-mill family car. Thanks to exceptional handling, powerful performance, tons of smart features, and modern luxury design, you can now get a family sedan that feels more like a sports sedan with all the extras.

If you are looking for a stylish, dynamic sedan for your Canvas car subscription, below are three of our top picks. Read on to find out why they are among America’s most popular cars.

1. The Honda Accord

The Honda Accord has consistently been one of America’s most-loved family sedans. Its remarkable performance, stunning design, and advanced features make it a top pick for drivers and critics alike.

The Accord is a pleasure to drive due to its responsive handling and upscale cabin features. The powertrain offers a road-ready performance through town and on the highway. It provides versatility for day-to-day driving or when you’re heading out for a road trip.

Whether you choose the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine or the hybrid powertrain, you will have all the power you need for a touring model. Honda has drastically improved six-speed manual transmission. However, you can also opt for the 10-speed automatic transmission.

The Honda Accord’s chassis is well-balanced and allows you to push through the corners where you will experience smooth and accurate steering. It creates the perfect combination of a family car and sports sedan. And what about fuel economy? The 10-speed automatic delivers 35 mpg. If you want a bit more efficiency, then the Accord Sport 1.5T will give you 38 mpg on the highway.

While the Accord’s performance is quite impressive, you will love the spacious interior even more. There is plenty of leg room all around, especially in the rear seats where the Honda provides more room than most other mid-size sedans. Honda has loaded the interior with heated and cooled leather seats, a head-up display, touchscreen infotainment, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, CarPlay, and Android Auto. And, by the way, the 10-speaker stereo system sounds fantastic! Plus, there is plenty of room for cargo in the trunk — 17 cubic feet to be exact.

The Accord has a five-star safety rating from the NHTA and high marks from the IIHS for its safety features. There is an array of driver-assistance features including automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and parking sensors.

2. Chevrolet Malibu

With its stellar athletic performance and sleek design, it’s hard to think of the Chevy Malibu as a family sedan. The Malibu is either powered by a four-cylinder engine or an equally powerful hybrid powertrain — take your pick. Both have an impressive fuel economy. Once you get in and take off, you will instantly notice how well it handles.

The Malibu has a user-friendly infotainment system with several options, convenient advanced features, and plenty of safety components. While the Honda Accord may still be a slightly better choice for the road, the Malibu definitely holds its own in the sedan category.

The 163-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which strides in tandem with the six-speed automatic, propels the Malibu on the highway and gives it the get-up-and-go it needs through the city. Acceleration is smooth thanks to the 260 lb.-ft of torque. If you want more power, you can upgrade to the turbocharged V6 engine.

The hybrid model combines the four-cylinder engine with a part of electric motors, one which powers the front-wheel system. Combined, the hybrid delivers 182 horsepower and will give you up to 55 miles of distance on the batteries alone. EPA estimates credit the Malibu with 34 mpg on the highway for the 1.5 turbocharged engine, 44 mpg on the road for the hybrid.

Malibu’s cabin is quite comfortable and ergonomic with plenty of space and options. The infotainment features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. The touchscreen is also easy to navigate, allowing the driver to keep their eyes on the road more. The Malibu has plenty of interior storage in the trunk and enough room for carry-on items in the cabin.

The Malibu is #1 among sedans in crash-test scores and has a more modest safety package than the Honda. However, it has safety technology where it counts: automated emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. If you are a Chevy enthusiast, then the Malibu is an excellent pick for your next car subscription.

3. Ford Fusion

Of our three Canvas picks, the Ford Fusion is perhaps the most versatile. It offers something to suit almost any taste out there. It also provides more choices for engines, trims, and features. In addition, it may also be the best-looking of our three, depending on your taste.

The Fusion has not always enjoyed such admiration from enthusiasts and critics. In recent years, however, it has risen to near-luxury status. Although not as esteemed as the Accord, and not as powerful as the Malibu, the Fusion is not lacking by any means and may win out as the preferred budget car for monthly car subscriptions.

One of the first things that may impress you is the plethora of technology features — too many to name here. Notables include automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and automatic high-beam headlamps. Onboard Wi-Fi is now available, and the Fusion’s Sync 3 infotainment system now features Alexa and Waze integration. All of this and more make the Fusion a thrill to drive.

The powertrain includes a 175-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, six-speed automatic, and front-wheel drive. You can also upgrade to the 181-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter or the 245-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter. The Fusion hybrid packs a variable automatic transmission (CVT) with and a single electric that, combined, give it 195 horsepower.

You will enjoy a thoroughly engaging driving experience thanks to the superior comfortable ride and flexible, agile handling. Although the Fusion is a family car, it feels more like a sports sedan with plenty of power. Although the steering is a bit light, the Ford Fusion can still handle the corners well due to its responsive capabilities. The Fusion gets 26 mpg, and the hybrid gets 39 mpg on the highway.

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