2. Honda Accord
Another safe-and-sane purchase, the midsize Accord has a well-earned reputation for reliability; it’s officially classified as a “large” car by the EPA because of its generous interior volume. Choose a version equipped with the standard four-cylinder engine and you’ll be sure to get top fuel economy. The only knock is that it holds its resale value well, which makes it pricier than the norm as a used car; plus, it can be hard to find as so many owners keep them for way past 100,000 miles. Estimated annual insurance premium: $3,334.