2 — Honda Accord
The Honda Accord has always been a standard-setter in its class. While it's gotten gradually more spiffed up over the generations, it’s still at heart an extraordinary sedan. The Accord’s styling may not be to everyone’s taste, but when you’re behind the wheel, it's hard to much fault with it.
Its solid chassis even allows for sportier driving, although most buyers will prefer its comfortable to its playful side. And when it comes to fuel economy, it remains every bit a benchmark. All it lacks is all-wheel drive to help it fight back against SUVs.