What is a Midsize Car?

What Are the Different Sizes of Cars?

With the variety of car sizes available nowadays, it can be overwhelming to choose which one is right for you. That’s where Forest Lake Chevrolet comes in! At our dealership, we have a wide selection of vehicles ranging from subcompact and economy cars that are great for city drivers, all the way up to full-size models perfect for any driver. The mid-size car remains an everpopular choice too – whatever size or style fits your needs best, we’ve got it here at Forest Lake Chevrolet!

What Is a Mid-Size Car?

Seeking to align with the preference of car buyers, vehicle manufacturers strive to create a mid-sized model that features enough passenger and cargo space while remaining within a designated size. As such, these cars have become one of the most sought after sizes on the market today.

What Are the Dimensions of a Mid-Size Car?

Here in the United States, car size is determined by interior volume – that’s both passenger and cargo area. To be considered mid-size, a vehicle must have between 110 to 120 cubic feet of space inside.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared that mid-size cars must not exceed 120 cubic feet of total capacity and 196.8 inches in length – the 2017 Chevy Malibu fits these limits perfectly! This vehicle’s interior area is 118.7 cubic feet, while it measures 193.8 inches long and 73 inches wide on the outside – making it a great choice for anyone looking for a reliable car within EPA standards!

In its most current iteration, the Honda Accord has shifted from a mid-size sedan to full size. Measuring 192 inches in length, 73 inches wide and with an interior of 122 cubic feet, it is officially considered a full-size vehicle by the EPA. Despite this classification however, both Honda and other companies still consider the car as being part of the mid-sized market due to its specifications.

The Fusion is the same length of the Accord at 192 inches, and it is 75 inches wide, but since it has an interior volume of 118.8 cubic feet, it is still considered a mid-size car.

Some of the most popular mid-size vehicles on the market include:

  • Toyota Camry
  • Honda Accord
  • Mazda6.
  • Kia Optima
  • Nissan Altima

In 2012, General Motors replaced the old Malibu with their newly-developed Epsilon II platform. Yet in 2016, they took it a step further and introduced an improved version of this technology: E2XX. The main objective behind E2XX was to reduce weight while enlarging mid-size and full-size vehicles simultaneously – something which had never been done before! As such, GM’s iconic mid size sedan; the Malibus became the first car that came from this new development platform.

Honda’s strategy going forward is a new global platform called Honda Architecture. This new platform will increase efficiency by expanding parts sharing. Honda is also working toward more electric vehicles and expanding the two-motor hybrid system to all of the cars in the lineup.