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 2019

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 - $23,390
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
$23590 - $30590
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
$35975 - $42975
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
$33650 - $45850
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
25 - 29
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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
$38950 - $64800
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
26 - 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
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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 - $69500
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 2726


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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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
$85000 - $108900
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.

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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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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


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.

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Audi RS 6

It's not cheap, but the RS 6 feels like two cars for the money. Around town, it's an extremely comfortable and well-crafted luxury wagon. But push the RS button on the steering wheel and the RS 6 becomes a rewarding and comically quick performance car.
MSRP
Not available
Edmunds Rating
8.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
Not available


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In this video, Mark Takahashi takes these two popular midsize family sedans to our test track. But we didn't take just any old Accord or K5. Since this is a "sport" sedan comparison test, we have the sporty versions of the two top midsize sedans: the Kia K5 GT and the Honda Accord Sport. These sport versions have more performance, power and speed. Can the Kia K5 GT out-sport the Honda Accord Sport? We answer this and a whole lot more in our sport sedan comparison test. It's the Honda Accord Sport vs. the Kia K5 GT!

MARK TAKAHASHI: Honda, that beacon of reliability and practicality. And they've had a few fun models sprinkled in there over the years, too. Kia, the new kid on the block by comparison. They've taken on the establishment and won. The Kia K5 just stole the Edmunds top rated crown away from the Honda Accord in the midsize sedan class. But family sedans are boring, right? Or are they? What we have here are these sporty versions of the two top rated sedans in the class. The key a K5 GT, and the Honda Accord Sport, as determined to our exhaustive and thorough testing procedures. For the sake of simplicity, we're leaving off the Mazda 6 and Toyota Camry TRD, well that and we couldn't get a Camry TRD. I mean, do they have any idea who I think I am? If you want to see a showdown with those, leave a comment below. In this video, we're concentrating more on the performance aspects of these sedans. If you want more in-depth information on things like comfort and convenience, we have links to videos below that will give you all the information you need. But this is the fun zone. As always, head over to edmunds.com for all your car shopping needs. And to get a cash offer on your vehicle, head to edmands.com/sellmycar. Let's get the specs out of the way first. The Honda Accord Sport with the top powertrain in the Accord lineup starts just above $33,000 and comes with a 2 liter, turbo charged four cylinder that makes 252 horsepower and 273 pound feet of torque. That's paired with a 10-speed automatic. Want some bonus points? That's a detuned version of the same engine that's in the Honda Civic Type R. The Kia K5 GT costs about $2,000 less and gets a 2.5 liter turbo. That puts out 290 horsepower and 311 pound feet of torque. That's mated with an eight-speed dual clutch automatic. But the Kia K5 GT goes further with a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded brakes, and steering. Seems like you get more with the GT, right? That already sounds like the Kia K5 GT enjoys an insurmountable advantage over the Accord. But keep in mind, the Accord already gets high marks for its sporty handling. On top of that, we need to find out how all of these changes affect the K5's driveability and comfort. Both of these are offered only in front wheel drive, which leads me to question whether or not those front tires can handle all this added performance. Supporting K5 models are offered with all wheel drive and the smaller engine, which is a bonus for those who live in weather prone areas. Tires are vitally important, too, and the K5 gets 245 Pirelli P0 all-season tires mounted on 19-inch wheels, while the Accord Sport gets 235 Michelin primacy MXM-4's also mounted on 19s. Thankfully, we're at the Edmunds test track where I can safely explore the potential of these more than mild but less than wild sedans. So let's go turn and burn. [TIRES SCREECHING] Despite having a traditional automatic transmission, the Accord has very slight pause between the time you get on the pedal and when you finally start to take off. This really isn't that big of a deal these days. I mean, a lot of cars do that. But it does make it feel just a little less responsive. It hits 0 to 60 in 5.9 seconds which is quick for the class, especially when you consider that the regular record does it in about 8 seconds. It sounds OK at full throttle, at least it doesn't sound like you're going to break anything. As I'm heading into this next hairpin, I'll get on the brakes hard, but not pushing it through the firewall. The thing is though, I'm trying to downshift into second gear and it won't let me do it until I'm halfway through the turn, even though I know I have the revs there. It's frustrating. I like getting all my breaking in downshifting done just before I turn in, and it keeps the car a little more settled all the way through. Now in this turn, body roll, it is certainly there. But the Accord is still pretty well-mannered. It doesn't encourage you to drive it any harder, mostly because it feels like you're not going to get anything else out of it. This is an Accord Sport, after all. It's not something like an Accord Type R. Ooh. Accord Type R. I could get behind something like that. Tire howl it is definitely there. But it gives you a good indication of how much grip you have left. Is it fun? Yeah, reasonably it is. But what happens if I turn up the aggression just a little bit? Let's find out. Oh, yeah. Front and plows really hard. I lose all the grip up front, and I have to back out of the throttle just because there's nothing left I can pull from those poor tires. All right. That's enough. I'm going to cool it down, head back to pit. One thing I noticed pulling into the pits, the Accord, on the brakes, they were steaming. There were really, really hot. So that's one thing to keep in mind, especially because I wasn't really truly torturing them that much. The Kia K5 GT has upgraded rotors and calipers, so it's possible those brakes might not have as much of a problem. We shall see. Right off the line, the K5 GT has a distinct pause before you start getting any acceleration. On top of that, there are some awkward lurches as the dual clutch transmission tries to settle in and get you a higher gear. It's much less of an issue if you slap it over to manual mode. But in the everyday drive and commute, it can get pretty tiresome. I do like the engine sound better in the K5. Down low, it has this subtle little flutter, something that you might expect from a Subaru Boxer engine. But higher up, it gets smoother and a little more pronounced. As far as brakes go, well, there's not a whole lot to say there about feel. And again, that's a good thing. They do seem less prone to overheating than the Accord, but the unfortunate thing is it took 134 feet to come to a stop from 60 miles an hour. That is not very good. Coming into these sharper turns, I am able to grab second gear quicker than in the Accord. Allows it to rev up a little higher. The sport tuned suspension does a much better job of managing body role. It just feels a lot more planted. And neither car have much in the way of steering feedback. But at least in the K5 GT, you can switch it to Sport Plus Mode. It gives you a little more effort, at least it feels the part. As I get back into the throttle, the fun, it just dies. Yeah, ugh. Yeah. With the added power, it's much easier to overwhelm those front tires, and it feels like you have to be a lot more careful about that than in the Accord. It's a clear case that this car would greatly benefit from stickier tires or limited slip differential, and definitely all wheel drive. As it is, you have to baby the K5 GT out of turns. And that's the big letdown. Up until that point, it's pretty damn good. Once you can lay that power down, the ups are so quick, power is plentiful. I like the way the transmission works when I'm driving it hard like this, but in the everyday commute it kind of falls apart. It seems the opposite with the Accord, where it's smoother in everyday driving and a little too conservative for spirited driving. As for ride quality, I feel the bumps more than I would in the Accord or a regular K5, but it's nothing close to what I'd consider harsh. I think it's a good mix of sporty stiffness and comfortable compliance. In fact, I'd like to see a sport tuned suspension in the Accord Sport. [TIRES SCREECHING] At the end of this test, I'm somewhat surprised. I probably expected more from the Kia K5 GT and a little less from the Honda Accord Sport. Even more surprising, I'd take a supporting K5 with all wheel drive over either of these. It's a clear cut case that more power doesn't always equate to a better or sportier car. Fortunately, all the things that make the K5 our top-rated sedan remain. It's comfortable. It's a joy to drive. It's packed with tech, and you get a lot for your money. That said, if your budget can swing it, I suggest stepping up to the Kia Stinger or Dodge Charger, if you're serious about fun. And let me know if you want to see that comparison, because I sure as hell want to shoot it. Thanks for watching, and as always hit that Subscribe button below. I'm going to try and squeeze in a few more laps before they kick us out. See you. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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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