The sedan is the practical choice of millions because it's a people-pleasing package that delivers a wide range of utility. The four-door configuration affords easy access for all, while there's a box up front for the power unit and another box in the back for cargo. At the moment, the list of best-selling sedans reflects two different crosscurrents in design. First, there's the trend away from generic designs toward stylish cars packed with features more appropriate for more expensive segments. Ironically enough, the second trend is toward cheaper, de-contented boxes that attempt to offer extreme efficiency at a stripped-down price. Meanwhile, forthcoming federal regulations for improved fuel economy have already had a large influence on the sedans in every category, as you'll note some impressive mpg numbers.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Ford Fiesta: The 2016 Ford Fiesta is a terrific city vehicle with an interior that offers upscale quality for the segment. The driving experience leans toward sporty (including a firmer ride), which separates it from most rivals. The base engine is a reasonably peppy four-cylinder. We're more intrigued by the punchy and efficient 123-horsepower three-cylinder turbo, though you can only get it with a manual transmission. Whether you opt for the Fiesta sedan or the hatchback, the interior has plenty of small-item storage, visibility is good thanks to slim roof pillars and for 2016, the options list is bolstered by Ford's latest Sync 3 infotainment system. In sum, the Fiesta is affordable yet fun transportation.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Honda Fit: The Fit was completely redesigned last year, bolstering what has always been a marvel of space-efficient car design. The Fit's spacious cargo volume along with its ultra-handy "Magic" rear seat (it can fold completely flat or the seat cushions can flip up) are unmatched by rivals. Rear seat space also can't be beat by subcompact competitors. Besides its versatility, the Fit boasts excellent fuel economy and surprisingly strong performance from its 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, along with a more refined driving experience than previous Fit models. If you need big car space with a small car footprint, the Fit is the go-to choice.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Hyundai Accent: Although it's not a standout in any particular category, the 2016 Hyundai Accent nevertheless does almost everything you can ask of a small, inexpensive car. Performance is near the top of the class, interior and comfort levels are competitive, value is fantastic and its lengthy warranty can only be matched by its Kia Rio corporate cousin. Plus, both of the Accent's sedan and hatchback body styles offer a surprising amount of cargo capacity, user-friendly controls and attractive interior styling. If you're shopping for a subcompact, the 2016 Accent is certainly going to be worth a look.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Mini Cooper: The 2016 Mini Cooper breathes life into the subcompact class with cheeky style, a sporty driving experience and extensive options. Few cars are more fun to drive or own, and with the new four-door model, you no longer have to pass on that fun just because two doors is too few. Although the latest generation's looks are a little odd at some angles and the cabin is still far from spacious, the added practicality is nevertheless welcome. And despite a price tag that is considerably north of those other subcompacts here, the Mini Cooper hatchback's overall quality, superior performance and almost endless customization options mean that it's clearly worth a higher price than those above.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Kia Forte: The Forte goes well beyond Kia's typical selling points of a long warranty (including 10 years of powertrain coverage) and surprisingly generous feature content. Indeed, buy or lease a Forte and you get a car that also delivers strong acceleration from three available engines, sharp styling and a spacious interior that boasts classic design, user-friendly controls and top-notch materials. The four-door body styles of the Forte include a sedan and the hatchback Forte 5.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Mazda 3: The 2016 Mazda 3 maintains this model's long-standing reputation as a driver's car with rewarding handling, competitive performance and a genuine personality. The current version, however, also offers fantastic fuel economy, a composed ride, generous passenger space, a long list of tech features, user-friendly controls and superior interior quality. Although all these compact cars received "A" ratings, the Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback would be the most deserving of an A+ (if we awarded that grade).
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Volkswagen Golf: All our recommended compact cars do a great job of making you feel as if you've purchased something fancier than a typical economy car, but the VW Golf goes above and beyond even their efforts. It does so with a comfortable and composed ride, a cabin fitted with near-luxury quality materials and a standard turbocharged engine that delivers class-leading acceleration and strong fuel economy. The Golf is only available in a versatile hatchback body style; the once-related Jetta sedan is now significantly different and not as appealing.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Ford Focus: The Focus may not be the latest or greatest entry in this popular segment, but it remains a recommended choice because of its overall refinement and enjoyable driving experience. Its ride and handling are particularly noteworthy, as Ford has tuned the Focus to provide an appealing balance of comfort and driver engagement. The Focus also offers plenty of high-tech features (it gains Ford's new Sync 3 infotainment interface for 2016), top-notch interior materials and the option of sedan and hatchback body styles. Note that we do not recommend the 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine due to its disappointing real-world fuel economy and performance.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Ford Fusion: The 2016 Ford Fusion is an excellent entry in one of the most competitive automotive segments around. Besides its attractive styling, it boasts sharp handling, a composed ride and a quiet cabin that approaches luxury levels of materials quality and ambience. The Fusion also offers the widest range of powertrains in the segment, including two energetic turbocharged four-cylinders and a pair of hybrid models. One is a straight hybrid that returns 42 mpg and the other is a plug-in hybrid (Ford Fusion Energi) that can go 20 miles on electricity alone.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Honda Accord: Since practically its introduction nearly four decades ago, the Honda Accord has been setting the standard for what a family sedan should and can be. True to form, the 2016 Honda Accord carries on that tradition. It's safe, roomy and remarkably easy to drive, and, with its updates for 2016, boasts distinctive styling and new availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone app integration. Efficient and powerful four- and six-cylinder engines are available, alongside a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. In many ways, the Accord remains a benchmark.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Mazda 6: If you love to drive and are looking for a midsize sedan, look no farther than the 2016 Mazda 6. But even if you don't love driving, the Mazda 6 still has plenty to offer. For one, just look at it! Beyond the stunning exterior, the Mazda 6 offers a comfortable ride, excellent fuel economy (even without a hybrid variant) and a spacious interior updated for 2016 with a more pleasing design, higher-quality materials and one of the best technology interfaces in the segment.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Hyundai Sonata: The 2016 Hyundai Sonata isn't as visually appealing as the previous-generation model, nor is it as engaging to drive as some of the other choices in this segment. However, the 2016 Sonata is a resolutely sensible midsize family sedan that does just about everything you would want it to. It delivers superior value by way of its generous features for the money, and a lengthy warranty that can only be matched by its Kia Optima corporate cousin. Its cabin is well put together, incredibly spacious and easy to use thanks to user-friendly tech features that now include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for 2016. An updated hybrid and a new plug-in hybrid model join the lineup this year.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Toyota Camry: The Toyota Camry has been a best-seller for years, but in our testing, we often found it fell short of being what we'd consider one of the best midsize sedans. That changes with last year's Toyota Camry, and it continues for 2016. Extensive improvements to its body structure and suspension produced a much better Camry to drive, whether you opt for the more comfort-oriented LE and XLE trims, or the more engaging SE and XSE trims. The interior also saw welcome updates to materials quality and the addition of a standard, user-friendly Entune touchscreen interface. It may not be the best, but it certainly stands tall among its top-rated peers.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2015 Toyota Avalon: Among full-size sedans, the "A"-rated 2015 Toyota Avalon tops our list for a variety of reasons. With attractive styling, a roomy and quiet interior, a large 16-cubic-foot trunk and better than average fuel economy, it's easy to see why. Further sweetening the deal is a 268-hp V6 that delivers strong acceleration, a suspension that provides sure-footed handling and the unique availability of a hybrid model. The Avalon's interior also benefits from solid craftsmanship and high-quality materials that place it close to entry-level luxury sedan territory.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Dodge Charger: The Charger is bold, muscular and loaded with heritage, but it's the dizzying number of variations, engines and options that help this rear-wheel-drive sedan (all-wheel drive is optional on some) stand apart from everything else on this list. No other full-size sedan offers such a range of performance, from the thoroughly capable base V6 to the truly unmatched 707-hp supercharged Charger Hellcat. Even the high-performance SS can't match this big Dodge's flair for the dramatic. At the same time, every Charger provides a spacious cabin, a smooth ride and one of the better touchscreen interfaces.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Kia Cadenza: While other large sedans in this class have made strides toward performance and driver engagement, the Kia Cadenza skews heavily on the side of luxury and isolation. The Cadenza's interior remains eerily quiet at any speed and on a variety of road surfaces. Likewise, most pavement flaws are smoothed over with barely an acknowledgement. It gets up to speed with little effort, but it still lacks performance when it comes to handling and braking. With an abundance of features that we're more accustomed to seeing on more expensive luxury sedans and a generous warranty, the Kia Cadenza makes a strong case for big luxury on a budget.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Audi A3: The 2016 Audi A3 enjoys the distinction of being the only entry in the growing compact luxury sedan segment to earn an Edmunds "A" rating and recommendation. Under the hood, one can choose from a pair of punchy, fuel-efficient gasoline engines (the TDI diesel engine will not be sold for 2016). The refined steering and suspension systems provide nimble handling and a supple, well-controlled ride. Within the A3's neatly tailored body is a handsome cabin assembled with the same meticulous attention to detail found in pricier Audis. In short, the Audi A3 expertly balances comfort, luxury and performance in a compact package at a relatively affordable price.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Audi A4: The 2016 Audi A4 forms a sweet spot within the comfort-to-sport driving spectrum, plus it offers snazzy styling inside and out. While we also recommend the high-performance Audi S4 with its supercharged V6, the A4 is only available with a turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 220 horsepower. This is a smooth and satisfying engine, though, delivering ample power for most situations along with competitive fuel economy. The A4 comes standard with front-wheel drive and a CVT, but we suggest opting for all-wheel drive, which pairs with either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. Interior quality is another hallmark of this model, ranking as exceptional for the segment. An all-new A4 is coming next year, but the current one remains easy to recommend.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 BMW 3 Series: When it comes to sport sedans, none is more respected than the 2016 BMW 3 Series, thanks to its almost magical ride and handling balance. Yet it's just as much of a luxury sedan these days, offering supremely comfortable seats, the abundant convenience and technology features you expect in the class, and top-notch interior trimmings. Apart from the overpriced hybrid, all of the 3 Series models earn our full approval, though the 328i and diesel-powered 328d stand out for their remarkable blend of power and efficiency. Still the benchmark in this class, the 3 Series is an especially easy choice if you're serious about your driving.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe: On the surface, the 2016 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn't make great sense. After all, this four-door hatchback "coupe" is priced higher than its 3 Series sedan sibling, yet has a less spacious backseat. Truth is, it's all about the style, folks — plus a modicum of extra utility, thanks to its hatchback trunk. Beyond that, the 4 Series Gran Coupe offers all the attributes we expect from BMW: enthusiastic yet efficient engines, fantastic steering and handling and top-shelf cabin appointments. It's available with a 240-hp turbo inline-4 or a 300-hp turbo inline-6, and both offer a choice of rear- or optional all-wheel drive.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2015 Infiniti Q50S: The 2015 Infiniti Q50 S delivers the performance prowess that is merely hinted at by the base Q50, transforming this otherwise average entry into one of the best-driving luxury midsize sedans. The Q50 S is backed by an excellent powertrain: a potent 3.7-liter V6 with 328 hp and a quick-reacting seven-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive comes standard; all-wheel drive is optional. When it's not providing back-road entertainment, the Q50 S is a pleasant and quiet car around town or on the interstate. The interior is beautifully presented, although the touchscreen is subject to glare. The Q50's warranty is stronger than those of its German rivals.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Lexus IS 350: The 2016 Lexus IS 350 superbly balances responsive handling and strong V6 performance with the comfort that's so often missing in sport sedans. The interior is well-crafted, as expected from Lexus, but its high-tech design is most definitely not what we've come to expect from Toyota's luxury arm — and that's a good thing. Unlike in past IS generations, the rear seat can be occupied by adults and is competitive with the roomier members of this segment. Keep in mind, however, that we recommend only the IS 350 here. We have yet to test the new-for-2016 IS 200t or the all-wheel-drive IS 300.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: The Mercedes-Benz C-Class received a ground-up redesign last year that brought striking new styling inspired by the range-topping S-Class, improved driving dynamics and an elegant, high-tech interior. It was easy to recommend right off the bat, and for 2016, the C-Class lineup expands with some notable new models. Joining the carryover four-cylinder C300 are the diesel-powered C300d, the C350e plug-in hybrid, a pair of AMG C63 models with beastly turbocharged V8s and the C450 AMG, which bridges the performance gap between the mental C63 twins and the mainstream C-Class offerings. Whichever model you choose, you'll be getting a truly impressive luxury sedan.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Audi A6: The 2016 Audi A6's exquisite interior and plentiful technology make it one of our favorite luxury sedans. It's as comfortable as a premium sedan should be, yet it also inspires confidence with its quick reflexes in enthusiastic driving. The A6 is not inexpensive, but you get what you pay for. For 2016, the A6 receives a round of welcome updates that include considerably more powerful four- and six-cylinder gasoline engines, an update to the MMI infotainment system (including USB connectivity in most models) and slight styling changes. We also recommend the high-performance Audi S6.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Audi A7: Everything we said about the Audi A6 above applies to its more fashionable A7 sibling. If you need to re-read, we'll still be here. Now, where the A7 differs is in its sleeker styling and unique hatchback body style that brings with it less backseat room, a more versatile cargo area and a higher price. Specifically, the A7 commands a $10,000 premium over the A6, but this superb luxury sedan nevertheless provides enough comfort, features, and performance. We also recommend the high-performance Audi S7.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 BMW 5 Series: Even though this is the last year before a full redesign, the 2016 BMW 5 Series is an all-around leader among midsize luxury sedans. Whereas earlier 5 Series models were known for their sport-sedan reflexes, the current version gives greater priority to comfort and luxury amenities. As cosseting as it is, however, it's still a very capable car. The diesel-powered 535d is particularly noteworthy, earning a resounding "A" rating from our editors for delivering heaps of performance along with impressive refinement and fuel economy.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class: There's no single area in which the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vastly outshines its opponents; rather, it's just enviably competent no matter the measure. From its firm yet compliant ride and whisper-quiet cabin to the way its doors close with a reassuring thud, the E-Class consistently satisfies. As an added bonus, it exhibits the robust construction associated with Benzes of yore. Under the hood, the choices range from the 33 mpg E250 Bluetec diesel model to the 577-hp AMG E63 S, with the well-rounded V6-powered E400 and V8-powered E550 in between.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Audi A8: Like everything else in this category, the 2016 Audi A8 provides a supremely luxurious interior with top-of-the-line materials and extensive high-tech features. But unlike your typical flagship sedan, the A8 is blessed with confident, athletic road manners that make you forget about how big it really is. The A8's powertrain options also distinguish it from the others. The 3.0T supercharged V6 should be more than adequate for most, while the 4.0T turbocharged V8 is perfect for those who enjoy an overabundance of power. The 500-hp W12, meanwhile, is pure decadence.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2015 Bentley Flying Spur: There are equally satisfying, better-equipped luxury sedans for half its $200,000 base price. However, none offers the exclusivity or impeccable, old-world opulence and craftsmanship of this grand Bentley. The knurled metal shift knob, damped vent plungers, stunning veneers and the supplest leather imaginable are just some of its indulgences. Despite its size, the Flying Spur also boasts shocking performance that nicely complements its isolating ride and competent handling. It may be of questionable value, but it's unquestionably excellent.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class: As both the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz lineup and a recognized technology leader, the big, rapid and opulent 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is every bit the yardstick by which other elite full-size luxury sedans are measured. Innumerable advanced safety features (including near-autonomous driving), brag-worthy luxury indulgences (six seat-massage settings!) and potential game-changing engineering achievements (like the Magic Body Control suspension that automatically adjusts to road imperfections ahead) are just some of the highlights. Plus, there are a range of world-class engines available.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2016 Porsche Panamera: Despite its awkward proportions, the fast, focused and exceptionally well-mannered 2016 Porsche Panamera continues to be the driver's choice among full-size luxury cars. You can choose from turbocharged V6, V8, turbocharged V8 and supercharged V6 plug-in hybrid power plants to experience Porsche's hard-earned reputation for performance above all else. There really isn't a full-size sedan that handles curves as confidently as the Panamera. Plus, the Executive model aligns this Porsche better with other extended-wheelbase competitors, providing similar stretch-out rear legroom.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost: Rolls-Royce has long been the gold standard for luxury cars. Even the "entry-level" 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost fulfills the British marque's decades-old tradition of providing incredible luxury along with polished performance. The Ghost features exemplary materials, fastidious workmanship, near-silent turbocharged V12 power and an active air suspension that provides an uncommonly plush ride. The standard-wheelbase version even has surprising handling abilities, while the extended-wheelbase model provides limolike rear-seat room. For those who cannot justify spending $400,000 for the flagship Rolls-Royce Phantom, the quarter-million-dollar Ghost should still more than meet their uncompromising needs.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2015 Tesla Model S: Sometimes it takes an outsider to redefine what's possible. Tesla did precisely that with its Model S sedan, not to mention its ever-expanding "Supercharger" charging-station infrastructure. In addition to being the most desirable all-electric car available today, the 2015 Tesla Model S is simply one of the best luxury sedans, regardless of where the energy comes from. The rear-wheel-drive lineup of 302-, 362- and 416-hp versions of the Model S is bolstered by optional dual-motor, all-wheel-drive Model S-D variants. Not only do these provide better all-weather traction, but the top-of-the-line P85D promises a 0-60-mph performance of 3.2 seconds, which would make it the fastest-accelerating four-door production car of all time.
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