Traditional sedan cars, as we know them, have had a tough time of late, with sports utility vehicles taking the US market by storm and trucks still finding favor with thousands of buyers. But for many of us, the three-box still holds plenty of appeal, being lighter and offering superior, fun-to-drive characteristics in relation to the crossovers it spawned.
Whether your priorities lie with performance capability or the practical needs of a family, our informative reviews of the top-rated sedans can answer any questions you have. We cover power outputs, mileage, trunk capacity, spaciousness, and build quality, and also tell you whether the ride you’re interested in is a fun drive or a bit of a dud. From compact to full-size, you’re not limited in choices, which is why we make it easier to pick the best 2019 and 2020 sedans to buy. We also have some early information on 2021 models that may be worth keeping an eye on.
Unlike highly practical crossovers and hatchbacks, or burly pick-up trucks, these focus on delivering a pretty well-rounded experience.
With the many different types of sedans available on the market, there’s a pretty decent chance that the perfect ride for you is out there somewhere. You just need to know where to look. That’s where we come in. Based on test driver first-hand impressions and consumer reports, our detailed reviews cover every type of sedan available in the USA, both new and not so new. If you’re looking for a 2020 vehicle, we have them all, with detailed descriptions of each and comparisons with one another to help you determine which is the best value for the money.
If you’re looking for something sporty, a sleek and low three-box is probably your best bet. While a number of modern automobiles restrict you to an automatic gearbox, many performance-oriented variants still give the option of a manual transmission. Among the best sports cars in the world in their respective segments are the Porsche Taycan and Mercedes-AMG CLA 45. Both get powerful engines, of sorts, with the former opting for a pair of synchronous magnet motors to develop up to 483 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. The Merc uses a turbocharged four-cylinder to develop 382 hp and 354 lb-ft before tuners lay hands on it and modify the mill.
If pure indulgence is your game, however, there are hard-to-beat products like the Genesis G80 and Tesla S ranking highly in our books. With top-notch quality, swanky interiors, and high-tech features to die for, these machines are definitely worth the equally impressive price tags they boast. To get such a luxurious ride, you can easily expect to pay in the area of $100k, but there are also a variety of more affordable alternatives, like the Volvo S60 or Tesla 3, with more reserved $40k price tags.
Speaking of affordability, our ‘Sedans with the Best MPG’ category gives you just that. While there are some pricey numbers in there, like the Porsche Taycan Turbo, most are aimed at buyers on a budget. Offerings like the Kia Forte or Nissan Versa score top marks with us, while still getting upwards of 35 mpg on the highway. With starting MSRPs of below $20k, they seldom skimp on what’s important to conscientious buyers, such as adequate safety features, available car seats, and enough infotainment to keep the kids busy over longer journeys.
There are probably just as many reasons to buy something in this body style as there are to look at another. As such, you’ll want to weigh the advantages and disadvantages accordingly.
While the embattled segment isn’t as popular as it once was, with the rise of a plethora of competing body types, these machines still garner quite a lot of attention. Naturally, questions abound as to how the classic configuration holds up against its burgeoning competition.
For the latest information, pictures, and videos, we invite you to peruse our in-depth reviews and list of specifications for just about every sedan ever made.