Best Sedans of 2020

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.

What makes a Sedan?

Unlike highly practical crossovers and hatchbacks, or burly pick-up trucks, these focus on delivering a pretty well-rounded experience.

  • Driving dynamics - While trucks are generally surly on the road, three-boxes usually go out of their way to deliver an engaging experience. They are generally nimbler than taller automobiles, too, although they can be just as unwieldy in their land yacht luxury configurations.
  • Practicality - For the most part, they do a great job of supplying enough passenger and cargo space to accommodate a full family and their personal effects. However, SUVs usually have much larger trunks that are also easier to access. Meanwhile, trucks are often capable of towing small houses when properly equipped, while the smaller machines often struggle to pull a standard trailer.
  • Luxury - It’s true that almost any ride is able to be pimped out to rival if not exceed the level of opulence you’ll find in these machines. Still, the image of a successful business mogul being chauffeured around town in the back of a stately Bentley or Rolls-Royce is pretty ingrained in our subconscious as the epitome “making it”.
  • Affordability - This style comes in every shape and style, with many bearing astronomical price tags, such as the aforementioned Rolls-Royce. However, the economy of the super-efficient subcompact three-box is hard to match, and the more reserved dimensions and ease of construction keep initial costs down, too.

Top Sedan Models

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.

Is a Sedan car the right choice for you?

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.

Pros

  • Engaging experience behind the wheel
  • City-friendly
  • Superior fuel economy than SUVs and trucks
  • Generally comfortable and practical for the size
  • Wide variety of designs and configurations on offer

Cons

  • Not overly spacious or practical
  • Can’t seat more than five at most
  • High performance comes at a significant price
  • Not the workhorse that SUVs or trucks

FAQs about Sedan cars

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.

Is it better than an SUV?

Yes, and no. It all depends on the lens through which you view the style. There are things that each excels at. And, while each may try to be a jack of all trades, they still lean more towards established strong points. The smaller automobiles generally handle better than their larger cousins, but they sacrifice practicality for this dexterity. But they make up for this with generally lower price tags and hard-to-beat fuel economy.

Do they make good performance vehicles?

Yes, assuming that is what it was purposed for. When built with speed and engagement in mind, the three-box is unparalleled on the road. Sure, some supercharged SUVs keep up with most sedan vehicles, but the true cream of the crop leave even the most athletic crossovers in their dust when the road turns. For pure automotive pleasure, they’re the best choice.

What are the top-rated sedans?

Naturally, this all depends on what your qualifying factors are. In terms of sheer speed and futuristic thrill-seeking, the Porsche Taycan, and its boisterous Turbo variant, is at the top of our favorite models list. But, for those with family fore of thought, the more stately Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe deliver an excellent balance of comfort, fun, and practicality. If purchases in the range of $80k plus make your wallet cry in despair, then Kia, Nissan, and Toyota will be your go-to brands, with offerings like the Corolla proving to be the most popular of all time in terms of sales. Each offers a variety of well-priced, capable, no-frills options to suit both taste and need.

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.

 

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