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.
2022 Hyundai Accent
1
Redesigned in 2018

Hyundai Accent

MSRP
$16,645 - $19,600
Edmunds Rating
7.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
36
2022 Kia Rio
2
Redesigned in 2018

Kia Rio

MSRP
$16,450 - $17,090
Edmunds Rating
7.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
36
2022 Nissan Versa
2
Redesigned in 2020

Nissan Versa

MSRP
$15,380 - $18,790
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
Top Rated vehicle
Redesigned in 2022

Honda Civic

MSRP
$22,550 - $29,150
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
31 - 36
2
Redesigned in 2019

Kia Forte

MSRP
$19,090 - $24,490
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
26 - 35
3
Redesigned in 2021

Hyundai Elantra

MSRP
$20,200 - $33,650
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 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.
1
Redesigned in 2021

Kia K5

MSRP
$23,790 - $31,190
Edmunds Rating
8.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
27 - 32
2
Redesigned in 2018

Honda Accord

MSRP
$24,770 - $36,700
Edmunds Rating
8.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
26 - 33
3
Redesigned in 2014

Mazda 6

MSRP
$24,475 - $35,900
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.
1
Redesigned in 2019

Toyota Avalon

MSRP
$36,825 - $43,525
Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
25 - 26
2
Redesigned in 2011

Chrysler 300

MSRP
$33,545 - $45,350
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
19 - 23
3
Redesigned in 2011

Dodge Charger

MSRP
$32,500 - $84,495
Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
15 - 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.
1
Introduced in 2019

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

MSRP
$33,950 - $35,950
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
28 - 29
2
Redesigned in 2022

Audi A3

MSRP
$34,800 - $44,100
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
31 - 32
3
Redesigned in 2019

Volvo S60

MSRP
$38,950 - $64,800
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.
1
Redesigned in 2017

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

MSRP
$54,950 - $75,000
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 26
2
Redesigned in 2019

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

MSRP
$70,300 - $81,550
Edmunds Rating
8.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 26
3
Redesigned in 2019

Audi A6

MSRP
$54,900 - $69,500
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 26


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.
1
Top Rated vehicle
Redesigned in 2021

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

MSRP
$111,100 - $117,700
Edmunds Rating
8.5 out of 10
Combined MPG
19 - 24
2
Redesigned in 2016

BMW 7 Series

MSRP
$86,800 - $157,800
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
16 - 25
3
Introduced in 2020

BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe

MSRP
$85,000 - $108,900
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
19 - 25

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.
1
Redesigned in 2020

Bentley Flying Spur

MSRP
$196,000 - $221,000
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
15 - 17
2
Redesigned in 2017

BMW ALPINA B7

MSRP
$143,200
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
19
3
Introduced in 2016

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

MSRP
$92,500 - $102,600
Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
21

Small performance sedans

If you're looking for luxury and maneuverability along with sizzling speed, small performance sedans are where it's at. Based on small luxury sedans that are capable in their own right, these sportier variants are among the most capable sedans in the world.
1
Redesigned in 2022

Audi S3

MSRP
$45,800 - $52,400
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
27
2
Redesigned in 2018

Audi S4

MSRP
$51,900 - $60,200
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
24
3
Redesigned in 2018

Audi S5 Sportback

MSRP
$55,300 - $63,700
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
24

Midsize performance sedans

The midsize performance sedan has traditionally ruled the roost when it comes to four-door fun, and today's crop lives up to the legend. Expect face-flattening acceleration, track-ready handling and the latest tech inside.
1
Redesigned in 2021

Audi RS 6

MSRP
$116,500
Edmunds Rating
8.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
17
2
Redesigned in 2021

Audi RS 7

MSRP
$118,500
Edmunds Rating
8.5 out of 10
Combined MPG
17
3
Redesigned in 2020

Audi S6

MSRP
$74,400 - $81,100
Edmunds Rating
8.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
22


Large performance sedans

"Large performance sedan" used to be an oxymoron, but modern engineering has transformed these land yachts into bona fide performance machines that can corner almost as well as they accelerate.
1
Introduced in 2020

BMW M8 Gran Coupe

MSRP
$130,000
Edmunds Rating
8.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
17
2
Redesigned in 2017

BMW ALPINA B7

MSRP
$143,200
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
19
3
Introduced in 2016

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 53

MSRP
$92,500 - $102,600
Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
21


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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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