The mid-size sedan segment is one of the hottest segments in the United States and one of the go to segments for those shopping for a new sedan for their family. We recently took a look at the trunk spaces of mid-size sedans and today we take a look at another important factor you may want to consider when shopping in this segment – rear legroom.
Some automakers tend to ignore rear-seat passengers and focus just more on the front row – but as the segment heats up for families rear-seat legroom has become very important.
With that in mind – let’s take a look at the rear legroom battle for mid-size sedans. We’ve organized our list from least to the most rear legroom – however, keep in mind that the most popular models in this segment like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord match up pretty similar.
1. Kia Optima – 34.7 inches:
The Kia Optima, while one of the most stylish mid-size sedans on the market, offers the least amount of legroom and trunk space – however, if space isn’t your concern, the Kia Optima is one of the hottest cars in this segment.
2. Hyundai Sonata – 35.6 inches:
The Hyundai Sonata is another popular model in the mid-size sedan segment with a pretty competitive price tag. While trunk space is strong, rear-seat legroom lacks behind most of its biggest competitors.
3. Nissan Altima – 37.1
The Nissan Altima is one of the best-selling mid-size sedans on the market – right behind the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry – offers a pretty strong amount of rear legroom for rear-seat passengers. The 37.1 inches legroom is pretty strong for anyone measuring 6 feet tall.
4. Chevrolet Malibu – 38.1 inches:
The all-American Chevrolet Malibu is where this list starts getting more interesting. The Chevrolet Malibu is one of the roomiest sedans on the market and offers comfortable seating in the rear-seat for backseat passengers.
5. Ford Fusion – 38.3 inches:
Another strong competitor to this segment is the Ford Fusion with 38.3 inches of rear legroom – however, hip-room is a little tight. Nonetheless, the rear seat is very comfortable for three passengers.
6. Honda Accord – 38.5 inches:
The Honda Accord is not too far behind from the Ford Fusion and is the most popular mid-size sedans in the segment. It is well known for outstanding quality and reliability and offers plenty of room for 5 passengers.
7. Toyota Camry – 38.9 inches:
The Toyota Camry is the Honda Accord’s biggest competitor and this is where the Camry stands out strong with 38.9 inches of rear legroom.
8. Volkswagen Passat – 39.1:
The Volkswagen Passat is known for offering massive rear-seat space. With 39.1 inches of rear-seat legroom, the Volkswagen Passat is one of the roomiest and more comfortable sedans in the segment.
9. Dodge Charger – 40.1 inches:
No surprise here! The Dodge Charger tends to be a little larger than most mid-size sedans and offers a very strong 40.1 inches of rear-seat legroom – more than enough for three passengers to sit in extreme comfort!