X-Small sedans

Diminutive in stature and light on creature comforts, extra-small sedans are the least expensive vehicles on the market. They don't offer many frills, but some come with advanced safety and infotainment features that used to be unheard of in this class.
2020 Toyota Yaris
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Introduced in 2016

Toyota Yaris

MSRP
$15,650 - $18,750
Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
34 - 35
2021 Hyundai Accent
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Redesigned in 2018

Hyundai Accent

MSRP
$15,395 - $19,500
Edmunds Rating
7.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
33 - 36
2020 Nissan Versa
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Redesigned in 2020

Nissan Versa

MSRP
$14,830 - $18,340
Edmunds Rating
7.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
30 - 35


Small sedans

Thanks to their low prices, fuel-efficient engines and commendable utility, small sedans rank as some of the best-selling vehicles of all time. There's something for everyone in this class, from practical entry-level models to higher trims with all the bells and whistles.
1
Redesigned in 2016

Honda Civic

MSRP
$21,050 - $28,100
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
32 - 36
2
Redesigned in 2019

Kia Forte

MSRP
$17,890 - $23,290
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
28 - 35
3
Redesigned in 2021

Hyundai Elantra

MSRP
$19,650 - $28,100
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
28 - 54

Midsize sedans

Remember the spacious four-door you napped in while your parents drove to the Grand Canyon? There's a good chance it was a midsize sedan. Virtually every so-called "family sedan" offers a spacious back seat, large trunk and comfortable ride, not to mention a reasonable price tag.

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Redesigned in 2021

Kia K5

The new Kia K5 has the style and substance to stand apart from other midsize sedans. It's incredibly easy to drive, with a great suspension and an exceptionally quiet cabin that make it comfortable for long trips. The K5 also maintains Kia's traditional edge in value, but bottom line, it's simply the best car in this class.
MSRP
$23490 - $30490
Edmunds Rating
8.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
29 - 32
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2
Redesigned in 2018

Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is a perennial favorite for many reasons. It's roomy, comfortable, safe, powerful and fuel-efficient. It should be near the top of your list if you're considering a midsize sedan.
MSRP
$24770 - $36700
Edmunds Rating
8.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
26 - 33
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3
Redesigned in 2014

Mazda 6

The Mazda 6 aspires to more than mere family-sedan duties. Sure, it has a big interior and competitive fuel economy, but it also brings upscale design and a focus on genuine driving enjoyment. These traits make the 6 one of our favorite midsize sedans.
MSRP
$24100 - $35400
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
26 - 29

Large sedans

Large sedans are among the most spacious cars on the market. Their back seats offer ample room for passengers to stretch out, while their features and finishes are often luxury-grade.

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Redesigned in 2019

Toyota Avalon

The latest Toyota Avalon is off to a promising start. A cushioned ride and a hushed cabin make the Avalon well suited to commutes and road trips, while its interior provides plenty of room to spread out.
MSRP
$35875 - $42875
Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
25 - 28
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2
Redesigned in 2011

Chrysler 300

Bold American style in a big, quiet sedan is what the Chrysler 300 is all about. The 300 offers strong V6 and V8 engine choices along with modern safety and infotainment technology.
MSRP
$30445 - $41395
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
19 - 23
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3
Redesigned in 2017

Kia Cadenza

The Kia Cadenza prioritizes space and comfort rather than driving engagement, meaning it's designed to soothe, not excite. It's long on value, too, boasting plenty of luxury and safety features.
MSRP
$37850 - $43550
Edmunds Rating
7.5 out of 10
Combined MPG
23

Small luxury sedans

Even though they're the most affordable luxury cars, small luxury sedans offer many of the same amenities as their larger siblings. Evidence of cost-cutting can sometimes be found, but high-quality materials and cutting-edge technology are par for the course.

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Introduced in 2019

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

With an impressive combination of excellent driving manners, stellar build quality and a futuristic interior, the A-Class isn't a less expensive Mercedes-Benz, it's simply a smaller one. It earns our highest marks for a small luxury sedan.
MSRP
$32800 - $44950
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
27 - 28
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2
Redesigned in 2017

Audi A4

The Audi A4 is a class leader with excellent scores across the board. It masterfully blends technologically advanced features within an elegantly simple interior that's easy to use. Factor in a strong yet efficient engine and you've got one attractive luxury sedan.
MSRP
$37400 - $49950
Edmunds Rating
8.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
27 - 30
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3
Redesigned in 2019

Volvo S60

The Volvo S60 is a strikingly well-rounded luxury sedan, constructed of equal parts performance, comfort and beautiful Scandinavian design. It isn't the quickest or most luxurious in its class, but it ticks all the right boxes, and its flaws are few.
MSRP
$37750 - $64800
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
25 - 30

Midsize luxury sedans

If you want a quiet cruiser that can effortlessly transport your family and friends in supreme comfort, look no further than a midsize luxury sedan. Additionally, these models offer many exotic features, including massaging seats and heated armrests.

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Redesigned in 2017

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is one of the most impressive and versatile luxury sedans on the road today. There's a wide range of features and engines to choose from, and every E-Class drives with impeccable poise and composure.
MSRP
$54250 - $73900
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
25 - 26
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2
Redesigned in 2019

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

With its coupe-like looks and powerful engines, the Mercedes-Benz CLS is an undeniably compelling sedan. There are some packaging compromises that result from its sloping roofline, but it's still a very quick and comfortable car.
MSRP
$69950 - $81200
Edmunds Rating
8.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 26
RankVehicleAdditional Information
3
Redesigned in 2019

Audi A6

An excellent midsize luxury sedan, the Audi A6 offers impressive performance and technology. Those who prioritize style and fun behind the wheel can opt for the larger wheels and sport suspension, but know that there will be a small compromise in ride comfort.
MSRP
$54900 - $69700
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 27


Large luxury sedans

The typical large luxury sedan shifts the focus from driver engagement to passenger comfort. It's not unusual to see reclining and massaging rear seats, motorized window shades, innovative safety systems and opulent leather and wood trim.

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Redesigned in 2014

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan remains at the top of its class, even as it faces rivals that benefit from more recent redesigns. Few cars at any price can match this car's comfort, opulence and sheer road presence.
MSRP
$94250 - $151600
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
20 - 22
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2
Redesigned in 2016

BMW 7 Series

The BMW 7 Series provides a wide range of performance, features and options. Whether you're looking for a formidable turbocharged V12 or a plug-in hybrid powertrain that's packed with technology, the 7 Series offers all of that and more.
MSRP
$86800 - $157800
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
19 - 23
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3
Introduced in 2020

BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe

We don't often recommend coupe-like sedans. But in the case of the 8 Series Gran Coupe, BMW created a winner. It looks sportier than your typical luxury sedan and still provides real passenger space and decent utility . And it's surprisingly fun to drive.
MSRP
$84900 - $108900
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
20 - 24


Exotic sedans

Exotic sedans offer something truly special, whether it's an unusually sporty driving experience or luxury accommodations that lesser sedans simply can't match. Many exotic models can even be tailored to your specifications.

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Introduced in 2016

Mercedes-Benz Maybach

The Maybach raises the luxury bar to lofty heights. With a massive dose of horsepower and a price that's essentially double that of S-Class on which it is based, the Maybach is one of the most notable luxury sedans in the world.
MSRP
$170750 - $199900
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
16 - 19
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2
Redesigned in 2017

BMW ALPINA B7

A high-performance version of the 7 Series, the Alpina B7 wraps a seemingly unending supply of luxury and horsepower in a bespoke and highly exclusive package.
MSRP
143200
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
19
RankVehicleAdditional Information
3
Introduced in 2016

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

The new AMG GT four-door coupe should serve you well if you're looking for an adrenaline-charged combination of luxury and performance.
MSRP
$99950 - $161200
Edmunds Rating
7.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
17 - 21


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The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class takes the title as Top Rated Luxury Sedan in the Edmunds Top Rated Awards for 2021. Dethroning last year's winner, the smaller A-Class sedan, the E-Class is exactly the type of luxury car we have come to expect from Mercedes. A refreshed exterior, restyled cabin and improved technology features elevate the 2021 Mercedes E-Class to the best luxury sedan for 2021.

Thanks to a subtle elegance in design, a premium interior, smooth ride, and excellent driver aids, it's easy to see why the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has long been a favorite luxury sedan of ours. Key updates this year only sweeten the package, elevating the E-Class to our top-rated luxury sedan ahead of last year's winner, the A-Class. The E-Class is offered in a variety of models, yet they all share a common theme of driving pleasure, refinement, and sophisticated tech. The newly-available and very intuitive MBUX infotainment system gives users a variety of methods for control, whether you prefer touch or voice. It also has an augmented reality overlay for navigation prompts, greatly reducing the amount of stress and anxiety when trying to get around unfamiliar city streets. The quiet interior provides all-day comfortable seats with plenty of adjustments for occupants of all sizes. If you have a lot of road trips planned, spring for the massaging seats. Trust me, you will not regret it. No matter the engine you choose, from the turbo 4-cylinder to the 6-cylinder, to even the 8-cylinder, the E-Class accelerates seamlessly, whether it's under the command of your right foot or the brains behind the clever adaptive cruise control system. And as you would expect from Mercedes, all this comes wrapped with an exquisite level of fit and finish and plenty of additional add-ons. Subtle and dignified, yet capable and comfortable, the E-Class is what you should picture when someone says "luxury sedan."

FAQ

What is the best sedan for 2020?

Based on Edmunds' ratings, the Honda Civic is one of the best non-luxury sedans for 2020. The Civic is heavy on value, offering upscale materials and a tremendously roomy cabin at a competitive price. Its real gem is the available turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, which gives the Civic class-leading acceleration and fuel economy. If you need a larger vehicle, the Civic's more spacious sibling — the Honda Accord — should suffice. It offers even more rear legroom than the Civic and provides a more luxurious driving experience overall. Learn more

What is the best sedan for 2019?

The current-generation Civic and Accord have each been on sale for a couple of years now, so either model would be a smart buy for 2019 as well. If you prefer something that gets your blood pumping, the Kia Stinger is a dark horse candidate that stunned us upon its release. Though the Stinger has a tighter back seat than rival midsize sedans, its rear-wheel-drive platform and turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines give the segment a much-needed dose of fun. It's also one of the only vehicles in its class with a rear hatch, making it quite practical. Learn more

What is the best luxury sedan for 2020?

There are well-rounded luxury models at every price point and size class. New for 2020 is the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, a subcompact four-door that packs tons of tech into a bite-size package. The cabin materials are a mix of aluminum, wood and convincing imitation leather. It is pretty small, however, so if you need a usable back seat, the Audi A4 is a worthy upgrade. The A4 is notable for its spacious cabin, strong value statement and fun-to-drive character. If your new car search includes a midsize vehicle, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is our top pick among other illustrious competitors. And if money is no object, there is so substitute for an executive vehicle such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class or BMW 7 Series — our two highest-rated full-size sedans. Learn more

What is the best sedan on the market?

In the realm of non-luxury sedans, we think the 2020 Honda Civic and Honda Accord are the best models in the compact and midsize classes, respectively. They cost roughly the same as their direct rivals, proving you don't have to pay more to get the best. If you want a more upscale vehicle, Mercedes-Benz has a strong showing in the subcompact and midsize sedan categories with the A-Class and E-Class, respectively. Priced and sized between the two is the compact Audi A4, which manages to outclass rivals such as the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Learn more


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