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
$19,750 - $27,600
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
29 - 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 2019

Mazda 3

MSRP
$21,500 - $27,900
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
28 - 30

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

We awarded the Honda Accord a Top Rated distinction early in 2020, and that recommendation still stands. It's roomy, comfortable, safe, powerful and fuel-efficient, and should be near the top of your list if you're considering a midsize sedan.
MSRP
$23870 - $36100
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

Redesigned for 2019, 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 - $42575
Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
25 - 26
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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
$30040 - $41995
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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1
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
Not available
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
Not available
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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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1
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
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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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In this video, Will Kaufman covers the reveal of the 2022 Honda Civic. What does Honda have in store for its most popular car?

[MUSIC PLAYING] PRESENTER: Say hello to the 11th-generation Honda Civic. One thing I do need to point out is that this particular vehicle is a prototype. Now, it does look basically like what you'll see when the car goes into production, but this one doesn't really have an interior, and it doesn't have a powertrain. Even if it never got the love it deserved from the Fast and the Furious movies, the Honda Civic is an iconic small car. And it's not just the fast and loud Si or Type R that make it worth talking about. The Honda Civic has been a benchmark small car year after year-- except, like, 2001's. I'd avoid those. And sort of 2006 through, like, 2010 weren't great, I guess. But otherwise, it's a benchmark small car. And I'm not just saying that. Honda has sold more than 18 million Civics worldwide since the model was introduced, making it one of the bestselling cars of all time. And I guess Lada sold, like, 19 million Riva variants worldwide. So maybe sometimes, there's something else going on. The current 10th-generation Honda Civic is our top-rated small car, but it's got a few weaknesses now. The infotainment is old and just kind of blah. Competitors have economy-focused hybrid models where the Civic doesn't. So we're looking forward to getting more details on this car. We don't have them all right now, but we'll tell you what we can. So let's take a closer look. And I guess, I mean, they had a Civic in the hijack scene with the truck, but that's not really showing it love. Commenters won't care. Man, I'm going to have Fast and Furious fanboys crawling up my [BLEEP]. The 11th-generation Honda Civic gives up some of the playfulness of the design of the 10th generation for a more sophisticated, clean look. Also, look. Plastic honeycomb-- it's gone. The dimensions haven't really changed overall. It's basically the same width and the same height, and it's only about an inch longer overall. But the new design definitely accentuates the width and the length. Just all paint. It looks just lower and longer and a little more sporty in some ways. You can see up front the grill has actually been lowered and brought down to make the front end look lower. And these headlights have been traded from the up-swept version on the 10th generation to, again, a sort of flatter look here. The character lines are just meant to really draw the eye across the front end and accentuate the width that's there. The A pillars have actually been moved back a bit, and the top of the hood has been lowered. They've also moved the mirrors from the window mounts onto the door. All of this taken together should help improve visibility. And again, it just accentuates that flat, long look that they're going for with the car. The competing, swooping character lines that you had in the 10th generation have been replaced by this very strong crease. It's a little reminiscent of the Accord, but where the Accord is a bit of an arc, this is a very flat line. And they've leveled out the door handles, which my OCD loves. Back here, the rear window actually starts a little lower so there's more glass for the rear passengers. Overall, they're trying to keep the greenhouse feeling relatively airy and open even though they're aiming for that sporty look. This little hitch here-- again, very reminiscent of the Accord, meant to accentuate the hips of the car, go for that sporty look. Let's check out the back. Around the back, you can see there have been really big changes. Those crab-claw tail lights are gone, and in their place are these much more standard units. It maybe has a little less personality, but also, those old headlights added a lot of visual height to the vehicle. And that's something they're looking to avoid here. Gone also is that separate spoiler. Instead, they have an integrated spoiler. It looks a little bit like a duck tail feel. I think overall, this tail reminds me a little bit of some of the design language we see from Mercedes, just like the profile view reminds me a little bit of what we see from Audi. It really is a cleaner, more sophisticated look all around. Some people may be sad to have lost a little bit of that playfulness and personality, but we haven't seen what the hatchback and Type R look like yet. So there's probably room for some of that playfulness to come back. Overall, though, I think most people are really going to like this design when they see it on the road. But it's not exterior design that makes the current 10th-generation Honda Civic our top-rated small car. The interior is a huge selling point for the vehicle. It's not necessarily the nicest interior in the class in terms of materials. That probably is the Mazda 3. And the infotainment isn't necessarily the best in the 10th gen. It's sort of annoying to use. But hopefully, this addresses many of those concerns in the 11th generation. Now, what made the 10th generation great was just how easy it was to live with. It was roomy without having things be too far out of reach. There was a lot of storage space for all of your small items. It was just generally practical and easy to use. So let's see what they're doing with the interior for this 11th-generation model. They won't let me in it, actually. What you can see here is we found some more plastic honeycomb. This long horizontal line, again, carrying across the flat design language from the exterior-- this is actually a plastic grill that's meant to cover and disguise the air vents. It looks pretty neat. I actually think this is a better implementation for that material than on the bumper. The rest of this interior-- again, they've cleaned it up a lot. This HVAC kind of looks like what we see in the Accord right now. So we know it's probably a pretty easy-to-use system. It looks like there's still going to be some nice storage accessible. Hopefully that carries through into the final design as well because interior storage, like I said, is a strong point for the Civic. This infotainment unit is interesting. They're telling us that this is going to be a 9-inch screen. That's something new for Honda. The unit that we have in vehicles like our Passport or like in the Accord are 8-inch units, and we've had some technical glitches with them in the past. They're not that bad to use, especially if you get into the light customization. But having the screen totally cut out on us every once in a while was something that wasn't our favorite. So if they could take the strengths of that operating system, put it into a bigger screen and address some of the glitches that we had in the past, it could be a really strong infotainment experience. They're also introducing a digital gauge cluster, which is going to be a first for Honda, an entirely digital gauge cluster. So far, we've only seen partial digital clusters. Overall, it looks like a pretty clean space, and it sounds like it will address some of our biggest concerns with the outgoing model, in particular that infotainment. We don't know much else about the upcoming 2022 Honda Civic. We'll get those details closer to the spring 2021 on-sale date. So we can't exactly tell you what's under the hood, but we can make a few guesses. We think it's likely that the current 1.5-liter turbo and CBT combination will make it into this generation in at least some form. That's a good thing. That CBT is actually the transmission that changed my mind about CBTs when I first drove it in the 10th-gen Honda Civic. And the 1.5 turbo is punchy and pretty satisfying to drive. All around, the outgoing Honda Civic is already one of the best small cars to drive. So there's not necessarily a ton of work to do on that front. We do know that the sedan will not get a manual transmission in the next generation. However, the hatchback, Si, and Type R variants will. Speaking of the Si and Type R, again, we don't know the details, but we do know that they're coming. The current Si is a lot of fun. I don't think that there's a ton Honda needs to do to make this new Si into a fun-to-drive car. All they really need is maybe clear up the transmission. It's a little vague, the stick right now, guys. If you could address that, that would be all I need. Otherwise, don't mess it up, please. There's been all sorts of speculation about what we'll see in the next Civic Type R, and we haven't gotten any more details yet. It does seem likely that they're going to need to implement some sort of all-wheel drive system. I can't imagine they're going to be easily able to get more power down through the front wheels of this car. There's also the question of electrification. We've seen more hybrid variants coming from competitors. The new Toyota Corolla has a great hybrid powertrain that is super, super efficient. And we know that Honda has a good hybrid powertrain as well. The Insight is one of our favorite hybrids, again, because it is so nice to drive. And it seems like that powertrain would be a natural fit for the Honda Civic. What else can we tell you? Well, not much right now. Honda has said they're going to be adding some new safety features, but they haven't said what they are. And other than that, we really don't have any more details. We know that this car is going to go on sale sometime around spring, 2021. And after that, they will be introducing a hatchback model and then following up with the Si and Type R. Otherwise, if you want to know more, I guess you could get a job for Honda, get clearance, and find out stuff that way. But if you don't feel like polishing your resume, you should just subscribe to our YouTube channel. Stay tuned right here and check out our Twitter and Facebook feeds for all of the latest news as it becomes available.

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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