1. Honda Accord

1. Honda Accord

MSRP: $20,905 - $28,955
Invoice: $18,965 - $26,240
Fuel Economy: 31 mpg Hwy/22 mpg City

The Accord combines high technology and high quality with everyday economy of operation and keen attention to detail. The Accord comes either as a two-door coupe or four-door sedan with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or 3.5-liter V6 engine.
1. Honda Accord

1. Honda Accord

MSRP: $20,905 - $28,955
Invoice: $18,965 - $26,240
Fuel Economy: 31 mpg Hwy/22 mpg City

The four-cylinder engines are available in five-speed manual or automatic transmission for both styles of the Accord, while the V6 sedan is only available in five-speed automatic. The V6 coupe is available with a six-speed manual. Cloth upholstery is standard, however EX-L models feature leather seats and a leather-covered steering wheel. Safety is enhanced on all Accords with six standard airbags, including side-impact air bags for front seats and side curtain air bags. Four-wheel disc, anti-lock brakes, Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, Brake Assist and active front head restraints also come standard.
2. Honda Civic

2. Honda Civic

MSRP: $15,305 - $25,190
Invoice: $14,113 - $23,747
Fuel Economy: 34 mpg Hwy/26 mpg City

The Honda Civic is one of the most reliable and popular economy compact cars in its class. For years it has set the quality and performance standard for the affordable, compact car market.
2. Honda Civic

2. Honda Civic

MSRP: $15,305 - $25,190
Invoice: $14,113 - $23,747
Fuel Economy: 34 mpg Hwy/26 mpg City

Available in sedan or coupe bodies, all but the GX and Si trims are powered by a 140 horsepower, 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder with a standard five-speed manual transmission and optional five-speed automatic. The performance-oriented Si, comes with a 197 horsepower, 2.0-liter inline-4 bolted to a six-speed manual, while the GX is powered by a dedicated natural gas version of the 1.8-liter gas engine, and a five-speed automatic. Standard safety features on all Civics include anti-lock brakes, six airbags, active front head restraints and tire pressure monitoring.

For 2009, the Honda Civic gets refreshed exterior styling and new optional tech features, while the sedan adds two new trims, a DX-VP (Value Package) and an LX-S.
3. Volkswagen Jetta
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3. Volkswagen Jetta

MSRP: $17,515 - $26,065
Invoice: $16,863 - $24,293
Fuel Economy: 30 mpg Hwy/21 mpg City

The Volkswagen Jetta is the best deal in town if you like the idea of a solid sedan or wagon with European flair.

The Jetta line-up has been bolstered with the addition of the new for 2009 SportWagen. There will be three different engines to choose from this year, a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine generating 170 horsepower, a 200-hp 2.0L turbo borrowed from the GTI, and a new 2.0L TDI clean diesel engine for those looking for maximum fuel economy.

3. Volkswagen Jetta
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3. Volkswagen Jetta

MSRP: $17,515 - $26,065
Invoice: $16,863 - $24,293
Fuel Economy: 30 mpg Hwy/21 mpg City

All Jettas come standard with many safety features including front side-impact air bags, curtain/head air bags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability program and traction control.

For 2009, stability control is standard on all trims, a new touch screen navigation system is optional, and all VW's benefit from the new Carefree Maintenance Program.

4. Toyota Camry

4. Toyota Camry

MSRP: $19,395 - $29,045
Invoice: $17,938 - $26,138
Fuel Economy: 31 mpg Hwy/21 mpg City

The benchmark Toyota Camry sedan continues its reputation of safety, reliability, and quality while offering fuel efficiency, space, and power.

The Camry is a front-wheel drive, five-passenger, four-door sedan featuring four trims: Base, LE, SE, and XLE.

4. Toyota Camry

4. Toyota Camry

MSRP: $19,395 - $29,045
Invoice: $17,938 - $26,138
Fuel Economy: 31 mpg Hwy/21 mpg City

A new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission are standard; a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shifting is optional. LE, SE, and XLE models are available with a 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shifting. Stability and traction control, six-airbags, and tire pressure monitor are standard.

The 2010 Toyota Camry receives interior and exterior redesign, a new 2.5-liter engine, and six-speed manual transmission. Vehicle stability control is now standard on all trims.

5. Toyota Corolla

5. Toyota Corolla

MSRP: $15,350 - $18,860
Invoice: $14,352 - $17,256
Fuel Economy: 35 mpg Hwy/26 mpg City

The Toyota Corolla is among the best of the compact sedans: reliable and economical yet refined and comfortable.

The 2010 Corolla comes in five trims: Standard, LE, XLE, S, and XRS. The principal powertrain is a 132 horsepower, 1.8-liter dual VVT-I engine, matched with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.

5. Toyota Corolla

5. Toyota Corolla

MSRP: $15,350 - $18,860
Invoice: $14,352 - $17,256
Fuel Economy: 35 mpg Hwy/26 mpg City

An added powertrain, available only in XRS models, is a 158 horsepower, 2.4-liter VVT-I engine with a five-speed manual or new five-speed automatic transmission. All models come standard with front, side-impact and side-curtain airbags, ABS with brake assist, and whiplash protecting front seat active head restraints. New for 2010, Vehicle Stability Control with Traction Control is standard on all models.

Completely redesigned for 2009, the 2010 Toyota Corolla is a rollover.

6. Ford Fusion
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6. Ford Fusion

MSRP: $19,270 - $27,675
Invoice: $17,986 - $25,357

Fuel Economy: 31 mpg Hwy/22 mpg City

Attractive and purposeful, the redesigned 2010 Ford Fusion is an excellent choice among midsize sedans.

With a choice of four- or six-cylinder engines, in addition to front-wheel and all-wheel drive, the Fusion has something for everyone. The powerteams are a 175-hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, or a 240-hp 3.0L V6 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission.
6. Ford Fusion
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6. Ford Fusion

MSRP: $19,270 - $27,675
Invoice: $17,986 - $25,357

Fuel Economy: 31 mpg Hwy/22 mpg City

The addition of a 263-hp 3.5L V6 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission is new for this year. The Fusion is available in four trim levels, the S, SE, SEL, and Sport. Safety features include electronic stability and traction control, security system, six-airbags, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

For 2010, the Ford Fusion has a redesigned interior and exterior, and improved drivetrain, including the 263-hp 3.5L V6 engine found on the Sport trim.
7. Chevrolet Cobalt
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7. Chevrolet Cobalt

MSRP: $14,990 - $23,525
Invoice: $14,540 - $22,466

Fuel Economy: 37 mpg Hwy, 25 mpg City

The Chevrolet Cobalt is available as either a two-door coupe or a four-door sedan, each available in four trims: Base, LS, LT and SS Turbocharged.

The Base, LS and LT trims come standard with a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. The SS Turbocharged comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
7. Chevrolet Cobalt
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7. Chevrolet Cobalt

MSRP: $14,990 - $23,525
Invoice: $14,540 - $22,466

Fuel Economy: 37 mpg Hwy, 25 mpg City

The LS trim comes standard with: 15-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, front airbags with side curtain airbags, front bucket seats with a fold down rear seat, and a satellite radio; the Base trim shares all the same standard equipment as the LS except for the lack of air conditioning, making it the value leader in the Cobalt line-up. The LT adds on top of the LS trim: front and rear carpeted floor mats, premium cloth seat trim and power mirrors, windows and door locks with remote keyless entry. The SS Turbocharged has the same content as the LT but further adds: 18-inch aluminum wheels, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, a rear spoiler, a leather gear shift knob, a leather steering wheel, cruise control and an upgraded radio.

For 2009 the Chevrolet Cobalt has removed the Sport trim. The 2.2-liter engine now has continuous variable valve timing and an inflator kit is standard on all trims in lieu of a spare tire.
8. Mazda3

8. Mazda3

MSRP: $15,045 - $21,500
Invoice: $14,108 - $20,133

Fuel Economy: 33 mpg Hwy, 25 mpg City

The Mazda3 is a premium compact car, exciting to drive and look at, and equipped with unexpected luxury and technology features not typically found in its class.

The Mazda3 comes with four levels of equipment: SV (sedan only), Sport, Touring (sedan only) and Grand Touring.
8. Mazda3

8. Mazda3

MSRP: $15,045 - $21,500
Invoice: $14,108 - $20,133

Fuel Economy: 33 mpg Hwy, 25 mpg City

The entry-level i-model (sedan only) is available with a 148-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the sporty s-model (sedan and hatchback) is equipped with a new 167-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder borrowed from the Mazda6. Standard or available safety features include six airbags, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, active front head restraints, bi-xenon adaptive headlights and tire pressure monitoring. Available tech features include a compact navigation system, advanced keyless entry and start, Bluetooth for cell phones and music streaming, Homelink garage door opener, satellite radio and a 10-speaker BOSE audio system.

For 2010, The Mazda3 has been completely redesigned inside and out.
9. Chevrolet Malibu
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9. Chevrolet Malibu

MSRP: $21,825 - $26,605
Invoice: $20,625 - $25,142

Fuel Economy: N/A

The award winning Chevrolet Malibu emphasizes civilized road manners, quality construction and practicality, with clean, contemporary styling.

The 2010 Malibu has three trim levels: LS, LT, and LTZ. All models come with a 169-hp, 2.4-liter E85-compatible four-cylinder engine as standard equipment.
9. Chevrolet Malibu

9. Chevrolet Malibu

MSRP: $21,825 - $26,605
Invoice: $20,625 - $25,142

Fuel Economy: N/A

The LS includes a four-speed automatic transmission. The LT and LTZ include a six-speed automatic transmission. Optional on the LT and LTZ is a 252-hp, 3.6-liter V6, matched with a six-speed automatic. The Malibu comes with standard safety features such as seat-mounted thorax airbags, side-curtain airbags, stability control, traction control, and anti-lock brakes. Bluetooth is standard on the LTZ, optional on the LT. New for 2010, driver power lumbar is standard on all trims.

The distinctive and classy Chevrolet Malibu carries over from 2009.
10. Nissan Altima

10. Nissan Altima

MSRP: $19,900 - $29,380
Invoice: $19,078 - $27,221

Fuel Economy: 31 mpg Hwy/23 mpg City

The front-wheel drive, five-passenger Nissan Altima combines performance and an attractive exterior as either a two-door coupe or a four-door sedan.

The Nissan Altima is powered by either a 175-hp 2.5-liter V6 or a 270-hp 3.5-liter V6 and the transmission choices include a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT). The trims on the Altima include: the 2.5 Base (on the sedan only), the 2.5 S, the 3.5 SE and the 3.5 SL (on the sedan only).
10. Nissan Altima

10. Nissan Altima

MSRP: $19,900 - $29,380
Invoice: $19,078 - $27,221

Fuel Economy: 31 mpg Hwy/23 mpg City

Safety features include: four-wheel disc brakes, anti-lock brakes on all trims except for the Sedan 2.5 Base, six airbags, front seat-belt pre-tensioners and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). The coupe's roofline is 2.6 inches lower than the sedan's and flows back into a long and nicely sculpted tail section that narrows between wide shoulders above prominent wheel arches. The suspension is tuned to provide the driver with a more nimble feel and heightened responsiveness.

For 2009, the Nissan Altima Coupe and Sedan are a carryover.


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