Best sedans


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.
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
MSRP
$14,260 - $15,490
Consumer Rating
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Combined MPG
30

It might be inexpensive, but the Ford Fiesta doesn't feel cheap. The well-trimmed cabin, sophisticated handling, and available Sync 3 infotainment system give the Fiesta an edge. Both cargo and passenger space are limited, however, even for this small class.

Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
MSRP
$13,900 - $18,400
Consumer Rating
(4)
Combined MPG
32

Kia should have given the Rio a new name to distance this car from the penalty-box Rios of yesteryear. Today's Rio is a grown-up small car with a pleasant interior. It's also surprisingly nice to drive.

Edmunds Rating
7.2 out of 10
MSRP
$14,995 - $19,080
Consumer Rating
Not available
Combined MPG
31 - 32

You wouldn't expect a tiny, low-powered sedan to be fun, but the Hyundai Accent's driving characteristics maximize the sporty feel behind the wheel. Its spartan front seats and low-power USB port are notable weak points, but all cabin controls are refreshingly easy to use, and it gets great gas mileage.

Edmunds Rating
7.2 out of 10
MSRP
$15,450 - $18,550
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Combined MPG
34 - 35

A Toyota in name only, the subcompact Yaris sedan is essentially a rebadged Mazda 2. That's a good thing, as Mazda has a reputation for building cars that are fun to drive. You'll like this Toyota's nimble handling, excellent fuel economy and wealth of standard features.



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.
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
MSRP
$18,940 - $26,800
Consumer Rating
(78)
Combined MPG
32 - 36

The Honda Civic is an outstanding small sedan, combining excellent performance with modern features, practicality and comfort. It also comes in a plethora of trim levels to suit various needs and budgets.

Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
MSRP
$18,095 - $24,195
Consumer Rating
(26)
Combined MPG
29 - 31

If a fun-to-drive character and a classy interior rank high on your shooping list, then the Mazda 3 should be right at the top. It may come up short in a few categories on paper, but in the real world it's more than capable and definitely worth a test drive.

Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
MSRP
$18,595 - $25,190
Consumer Rating
(3)
Combined MPG
26 - 32

Have a look at the Subaru Impreza and you'll find a capable small car with plenty of room, a nice-looking interior, a comfortable ride and standard all-wheel drive. The main downside here is relatively lackluster engine performance, both in power and efficiency.

Edmunds Rating
7.1 out of 10
MSRP
$17,100 - $23,500
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Combined MPG
29 - 33

Hyundai has an established reputation for value, and the Elantra builds on that by offering loads of high-tech features. No one will call it quick (unless you spring for the turbocharged Sport), but the Elantra surpasses traditional compact-car standards in terms of both comfort and quietness.

Edmunds Rating
6.9 out of 10
MSRP
$17,790 - $25,840
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Combined MPG
27 - 32

The affordably priced Nissan Sentra offers a roomy interior, a comfortable ride and easy-to-use technology. But while it makes for good basic transportation, there are a few competitors that provide considerably better performance and refinement.

Edmunds Rating
6.7 out of 10
MSRP
$17,950 - $24,270
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Combined MPG
28 - 34

The Ford Focus is a well-rounded and competent small car with rewarding driving dynamics. The sedan version is a no-frills commuter machine with a tight backseat, and rivals have upped their interior game as of late. Nonetheless, the Focus sedan remains a strong pick.

Edmunds Rating
6.5 out of 10
MSRP
$18,700 - $22,880
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Combined MPG
30 - 34

The Corolla is one of the most popular small cars on the market, and indeed, it's easy to love the Corolla's fun styling, cavernous back seat and generous safety features. On the other hand, the Corolla's interior quality is subpar, and its uninspiring powertrain and driving dynamics are bettered by virtually every rival.

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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.
Edmunds Rating
8.3 out of 10
MSRP
$23,720 - $35,950
Consumer Rating
Not available
Combined MPG
26 - 33

The Honda Accord should be at the top of your list if you're considering a midsize sedan. It's roomy, comfortable, safe, powerful and fuel-efficient. Honda's done a fantastic job with this Accord generation.

Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
MSRP
$21,950 - $34,750
Consumer Rating
(21)
Combined MPG
26 - 29

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.

Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
MSRP
$22,840 - $40,015
Consumer Rating
Not available
Combined MPG
20 - 27

Stylish, well-equipped and fun to drive, the Ford Fusion is a midsize family sedan that can do it all. It's spacious and practical, too, and the available Sync 3 infotainment system is one of the most user-friendly in the business.

Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
MSRP
$25,070 - $39,070
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Combined MPG
22 - 26

The Buick Regal Sportback looks sharp and has the substance to back it up, with a sleek roofline and a hatchback trunk that adds amazing utility. It's just too bad that there's not much sport to this Sportback.

Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
MSRP
$22,300 - $31,900
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Combined MPG
26 - 31

When it comes to delivering everything you need in a midsize family sedan, the Sonata rarely disappoints. It has a roomy interior with road-trip-worthy seats, a long list of standard features, a smooth ride and a simple user interface.

Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
MSRP
$23,845 - $34,600
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Combined MPG
26 - 34

Toyota's best-selling Camry features ample cabin space and surprisingly solid handling, along with styling that might have you remarking, "That's a Camry?" The main chink in its armor is a clunky infotainment system, though Apple CarPlay (new for 2019) should help with that.

Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
MSRP
$21,680 - $30,975
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Combined MPG
26 - 46

With surprisingly bold looks and an appealing mix of performance and comfort, the Malibu is a solid choice. We also like the user-friendly MyLink infotainment system.

Edmunds Rating
7.3 out of 10
MSRP
$33,420 - $41,090
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Combined MPG
25

The stylish Nissan Maxima isn't like most other offerings in this class. It's sportier than the typical midsize family sedan, but it's equipped and priced more like a large sedan. As such, the Maxima is a niche offering, but one with unique appeal.

Edmunds Rating
7.2 out of 10
MSRP
$22,900 - $31,900
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Combined MPG
24 - 31

The Optima has always offered a strong value proposition, but the current model takes it a step further with an upscale cabin and loads of driver aids and luxury features. Competitive pricing and a robust warranty keep the Optima competitive in a strong class.

Edmunds Rating
7.0 out of 10
MSRP
$22,995 - $34,650
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Combined MPG
22 - 29

The Passat isn't the go-to sedan if you're seeking flash and flair, but a roomy cabin, a large and useful trunk, and an easy-to-drive nature make it excellent for family shuttling or long-distance drives.

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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.
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
MSRP
$28,995 - $41,095
Consumer Rating
Not available
Combined MPG
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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.

Edmunds Rating
7.5 out of 10
MSRP
$32,290 - $44,690
Consumer Rating
(3)
Combined MPG
23

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.

Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
MSRP
$28,995 - $65,345
Consumer Rating
Not available
Combined MPG
16 - 23

The Dodge Charger is an unapologetically American sedan with massive power and brash style. It may not be the most state-of-the-art, fuel-efficient or refined sedan of its kind, but it's possibly the most exciting.

Edmunds Rating
7.1 out of 10
MSRP
$28,020 - $36,720
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Combined MPG
22 - 25

There's a lot to like about the Chevrolet Impala, from its luxurious ride to its quiet and capacious interior. It also offers many of the latest technology and safety features. Aside from an underwhelming base engine, this Chevy provides just about everything you'd expect in a large sedan.

Edmunds Rating
6.8 out of 10
MSRP
$27,800 - $42,975
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Combined MPG
19 - 21

The Ford Taurus delivers on its key points, providing a comfortable ride and plenty of space for four passengers and their luggage. Drawbacks include substandard performance, poor outward visibility and lackluster materials quality.

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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.
Edmunds Rating
8.3 out of 10
MSRP
$34,900 - $50,950
Consumer Rating
(8)
Combined MPG
25 - 36

Those seeking a small luxury sedan should have the BMW 3 Series on their short list. Whether enjoying its blend of features and refinement or pushing its smooth power and sharp handling to the limit, you'll be impressed. Note that a redesign is just around the corner for this perennial favorite.

Edmunds Rating
8.3 out of 10
MSRP
$31,950 - $43,700
Consumer Rating
(6)
Combined MPG
27 - 29

Among entry-level luxury cars, the Audi A3 stands out for its well-rounded nature. It rides and steers with composure, accelerates briskly, has an upscale cabin and can be fitted with many premium features.

Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
MSRP
$31,900 - $51,400
Consumer Rating
(39)
Combined MPG
21 - 25

The all-new Kia Stinger doesn't have the brand prestige of its German rivals, but we think it's worthy of your attention. It delivers a beguiling blend of performance, comfort and refinement that may catch you by surprise.

Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
MSRP
$36,000 - $50,000
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Combined MPG
27 - 31

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.

Edmunds Rating
7.5 out of 10
MSRP
$33,000 - $45,750
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Combined MPG
23 - 27

The Acura TLX is a smart pick, even if it doesn't have the pulse-quickening performance of some of its competition. It trades flash for substance and flies under the radar of a lot of shoppers, but its value is appealing.

Edmunds Rating
7.2 out of 10
MSRP
$38,310 - $43,555
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Combined MPG
21 - 26

The Lexus IS 300 is a small luxury sedan that offers an appealing combination of comfort and style. It's not the sportiest car in its class, but you'll like the IS 300's hushed cabin and smooth ride for daily comfort.

Edmunds Rating
7.1 out of 10
MSRP
$44,600 - $53,000
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Combined MPG
24 - 27

Consider the 4 Series Gran Coupe if you want a small luxury sedan with an emphasis on style. It shares most of the inherent strengths of the 3 Series sedan, but it trades some passenger space for sleeker styling inspired by the 4 Series coupe, as well as a hatchback cargo area.

Edmunds Rating
7.0 out of 10
MSRP
$35,725 - $59,410
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Combined MPG
23 - 36

A handsome sedan that trades heavily on style, the Jaguar XE is snug inside and has a few cheap touches, but its balance of ride and handling is excellent.

Edmunds Rating
6.9 out of 10
MSRP
$38,195 - $73,700
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Combined MPG
20 - 27

With a focus on flair and performance, the Alfa Romeo Giulia will appeal to those willing to look past the more familiar offerings in this class. It's a joy on the open road, engaging the driver like few other sedans can.

Edmunds Rating
6.9 out of 10
MSRP
$28,100 - $35,100
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Combined MPG
29

On the surface, the Acura ILX has ample appeal, especially when it comes to value. But this Honda Civic-based sedan unfortunately doesn't match other luxury brands for quality and ends up feeling, well, like a slightly dressed up Honda Civic.


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.
Edmunds Rating
8.6 out of 10
MSRP
$52,950 - $104,400
Consumer Rating
(22)
Combined MPG
18 - 25

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.

Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
MSRP
$69,700 - $72,400
Consumer Rating
Not available
Combined MPG
23

You'll be drawn to the Audi A7's clean, chiseled exterior, but it's the versatile hatchback cargo area, refined performance and exquisite interior craftsmanship that will likely win you over. It may cost a little more than the closely related A6 sedan, but it's easy to rationalize that premium.

Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
MSRP
$53,400 - $74,450
Consumer Rating
(1)
Combined MPG
19 - 29

The BMW 5 Series lives up to the expectations set by its forebears. There's an engine for nearly every taste, and the car's handling capabilities are fundamentally sound. Factor in the 5 Series' top-shelf tech and safety features, and you've got a prime pick for a midsize luxury sedan.

Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
MSRP
$48,100 - $68,150
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Combined MPG
25 - 27

Priced like a midsize, but with the space of a large luxury sedan, the Volvo S90 delivers an impressive list of features, impeccable design and, of course, safety.

Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
MSRP
$46,995 - $71,795
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Combined MPG
19 - 25

The Cadillac CTS brings aggressive styling that complements some of the sharpest handling in the segment, but its lackluster engine choices and clunky infotainment interface keep it from being even better.

Edmunds Rating
7.5 out of 10
MSRP
$41,750 - $59,500
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Combined MPG
18 - 22

Genesis is a young luxury brand from Hyundai that continues to expand its offerings, but the G80 is actually a continuation of the Hyundai Genesis, which is no bad thing. The G80 is a sharp-looking sedan with powerful engine options and a comfortable, feature-packed cabin. It's a serious player in this class.

Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
MSRP
$49,965 - $71,215
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Combined MPG
21 - 35

The Jaguar XF is a stylish and capable midsize luxury sedan with generous cargo space and numerous engine choices. Although it trails some German competitors in peak performance, it has a serene cabin that is pleasant for both daily commuting and countryside cruising.

Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
MSRP
$35,995 - $46,995
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Combined MPG
23 - 40

Buyers often look to overseas offerings for luxury sedans, but if standard features and value are tops on your shopping list, the Lincoln MKZ is worth a look. Other aspects like performance and overall quality are where the MKZ is just average, although the optional twin-turbo V6 is anything but.

Edmunds Rating
6.6 out of 10
MSRP
$50,300 - $67,600
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Combined MPG
18 - 21

Infiniti's Q70 has a comfortable cabin and optionally a big ol' V8 engine, which makes it entertaining to drive. But stacked up against the competition, it falls flat regardless of how it's equipped. You'll find better ride quality, fresher designs and more sophisticated infotainment features elsewhere.



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.
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
MSRP
$89,900 - $229,500
Consumer Rating
(4)
Combined MPG
16 - 22

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.

Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
MSRP
$85,000 - $194,800
Consumer Rating
(10)
Combined MPG
21 - 24

The Porsche Panamera is easily one of the finest sport sedans in the world. It has speed, class and luxury in abundance, and it's also easy on the eyes. Plus, the hatchback trunk offers superior convenience.

Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
MSRP
$68,350 - $74,350
Consumer Rating
(14)
Combined MPG
18 - 20

You don't always have to spend top dollar for the finer things in life. In the case of the Genesis G90, you get a sense of genuine luxury at a surprisingly approachable price. The G90 may not be the at the vanguard of innovation, but it delivers a quintessential luxury sedan experience.

Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
MSRP
$75,000 - $84,220
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Combined MPG
21 - 23

The sharp edges and bold style of the Lexus LS 500 belie the pillowy ride that awaits all occupants. Additional strengths include a whisper-quiet interior, world-class build quality and cutting-edge tech.

Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
MSRP
$54,095 - $88,295
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Combined MPG
21 - 26

Cadillac's CT6 offers bold exterior styling, a spacious avant-garde interior, cutting-edge safety technology and convenient smartphone connectivity. It doesn't quite have the gravitas of some other flagship sedans, but it's very competitively priced.

Edmunds Rating
7.3 out of 10
MSRP
$75,400 - $122,400
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Combined MPG
18 - 21

Styled to stand out from the usual lineup of understated luxury sedans, the Jaguar XJ is a refreshingly unique flagship offering. Quiet, comfortable and quick in any form, this aging sedan still offers much to love.

Edmunds Rating
7.2 out of 10
MSRP
$46,895 - $72,995
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Combined MPG
18 - 22

The Cadillac XTS delivers traditional strengths like a smooth ride, a quiet cabin, a big back seat and chrome-accented styling. It's a bit smaller and more old-school than many of the segment's offerings, but its also one of the most affordable large luxury cars.

Edmunds Rating
7.0 out of 10
MSRP
$46,145 - $72,045
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Combined MPG
19 - 21

The Lincoln Continental offers a vast back seat, a comprehensive list of features, and is available with a potent turbocharged V6 engine. That's a pretty good package, but when you stack it up against similarly priced luxury cars, it tends to come up a short in refinement, technology and handling prowess.

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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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Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
MSRP
$139,350
Consumer Rating
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Combined MPG
20

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.


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[MUSIC PLAYING] MARK TAKAHASHI: There's no doubt that SUVs have been dominating US auto sales for quite some time. They have much larger cargo capacities and more rear passenger space. So why would someone want a luxury sedan instead of an SUV? Well, I'll tell you, because they're a lot more fun to drive. Before I jump into this A6, do me a favor and hit subscribe below. We have a lot of great videos coming your way. The 2019 Audi A6 has been completely redesigned. It's on sale now, prices starting right at $60,000. There's only one engine available. It's a turbo charged, three-liter V6 that puts out 335 horsepower. That's made it to a seven-speed automated dual clutch transmission, and quattro all-wheel drive is standard. Those specs aren't really that far off from the last A6. I don't expect it to drive that much differently as a result, but there's only one way to find out. Let's go for a spin. [MUSIC PLAYING] Here I am driving the all new 2019 Audi A6. It's fully redesigned, but at the same time, it's not all that different. It's familiar in a lot of ways in how it drives. Dynamically, it's pretty much exactly what you'd expect from an Audi midsize luxury sedan. The needle really didn't move too far one way or the other, and that's probably a good thing. I've always liked the level of engagement, the level of performance from Audis. Really the big difference with this Audi is technology. This whole center stack has been completely redone. We saw it first on the A8. I'm a little torn on how it works because they got rid of the MMI knob, which I thought was a great way to control systems like this, and gone with two split touchscreens. And so far on this drive, I'm not sold because it's demanding a lot more attention than just the knob. What I am enjoying is the performance. It gets up to speed just fine. Shifts are nice and smooth and quick, which is impressive for a dual clutch transmission. Those tend to be a little choppy or abrupt from time to time. And even at slow speeds, it's smooth and doesn't have any of those awkward lurches. One thing that I thought was a little odd was the sound of the engine. So doesn't quite sound like a V6 to me. It sort of makes the case for BMW and Mercedes piping in some of those synthetic sounds. But that's a nitpick. It drives great. The steering is fairly light. I'm actually in dynamic mode right now. You have the option of getting all-wheel steering, and that certainly helps with maneuverability in tight spaces, but also smooths out some of the motions when you're steering. The rear wheels will steer in conjunction in the same direction as the front wheels to just get it carving a little more gracefully without having it whip around quite as much. Handling is pretty much what you expect for a luxury sedan like this in the class and from Audi. It handles confidently, a ton of traction coming out of turns, thanks to the all-wheel drive. And you know the quattro system-- a little smarter of how it proportions the power, but also can disconnect itself when you're not using it, when you don't need that much traction. If you're just on a straightaway on a highway, it'll disconnect and improve fuel economy. In terms of power and performance, this A6 drives a lot like the previous A6. It is just slightly heavier because of all the added feature content, but with all of the advances in engine technology and efficiency-- plus this has a 48-volt mild hybrid system-- gets two miles per gallon better than its predecessor. The ride quality is pretty much what you'd expect from a luxury midsize sedan. I'm in dynamic mode right now, so I'm going to switch to comfort. If you noticed, I had to look down to do that. And that's something that just kind of irks me. I liked the previous button for a drive select, and I didn't really have to take my eyes off the road to do that. These are just kind of the flat, haptic feedback buttons here. Like a lot of the new Audis, this has a higher level of adaptive cruise control, which kind of gets into that territory of automated driving. It's called predictive control, and it's pretty trippy. I first experienced this with the Q7 a few years ago, where you set the target speed as you would with any cruise control system, but it's using map data and all the cameras and sensors. As you head into a turn, it slows you down. When you come out of a turn, it speeds you up, which is what it's doing right now. It's in a fairly conservative setting right now, so it's slowing me down a little more than I would if I was actually in complete control of the car, but you can actually adjust it and be a lot more aggressive. So I'm actually not touching any of the pedals right now. I'm just steering. Another thing I'm enjoying right now is the massage. I do like massaging seats, especially when you're behind the wheel for hours at a time. Kind of shifts the pressure points away and just relieves a lot of the fatigue and the doldrums of driving. As a midsize luxury sedan, the Audi A6 has to accommodate adult passengers in the back seats, and it does. I'm 5' 10", and I have plenty of headroom, plenty of room for my feet underneath the front seat, which is actually set for a slightly taller passenger. It's comfortable. It's spacious. I have the nice, padded center armrest here with your typical overengineered cup holders. Back here, I have two more controls for automatic climate control for the outboard seats. Since this is a highly optioned A6, underneath there are two USB ports and a 12-volt power outlet. I have manual sun shades here that are really easy to pop up and down. Besides having the physical room, it actually feels even more spacious, thanks to the good outward view and this little cutout triangle here, which breaks up that thick roof pillar. Otherwise, it might feel just a little closed in. All in all, this is a pretty nice place to spend some time on a road trip. I'd be fine back here. Like a lot of the latest Audi products, this A6 gets a complete tech treatment. Right in front is the typical virtual cockpit that we've seen on Audis going back a few years, and it's great. It's easy to use. It's somewhat customizable, and it's easy to read in almost any light. Above that is a head up display that's crystal clear, gives a lot of detail, all the necessary stuff. New for the A6 is this split-level touchscreen, which debuted in the Audi A8. The difference here is it's canted slightly towards the driver, making it somewhat easier to use, but maybe a little harder for the passenger to use. Unlike a lot of other infotainment systems, these screens are mounted right in the middle in the dash rather than on top. I prefer having them on top because it's right in the driver's sightlines, and it's less distracting to use. That said, it is pretty cool to use. When you touch one of these buttons, it responds with this lovely little haptic feedback that mimics the physical buttons that are in the car. There aren't a whole lot of physical buttons in this car though. They noted that they eliminated about 43 physical buttons. In my opinion, though, they should've left a dozen or so because I like having some tactile buttons that you can use without even looking down. I like the look. I like the responsiveness of the system. But what I don't like is how much of a distraction it can be, just because it's not as easy to use as the old MMI dial or the BMW iDrive, or the Mercedes MBUX system, which I think is the best in the industry at this point. Otherwise throughout the cabin, we have excellent materials used everywhere. Everything just has that solid feel, and I love that. One cool thing I really like too is this isn't a mechanical door lever. It's actually electronic. So it's just this very slight effort, and that's just one of those nice touches that makes you feel like you're in something a little more special. As far as the interior goes, I like the aesthetics. I just wish this was a little less distracting to use. After logging a bunch of miles above beautiful Napa Valley here in this 2019 Audi A6, I'm left with the impression that, at least dynamically, there's not a big difference between this and its predecessor. And that's not such a bad thing. It drives great. The interior is impeccable, and there's a good amount of performance, especially considering that this is the A6, not an S6 or RS 6. In the class of midsize luxury sedans, it competes against the BMW 5 series and Mercedes Benz E class. The E class is just starting to show its age, primarily because it doesn't feature the latest MBUX infotainment system, which I think is one of the best in the industry. Against the BMW 5 series, it's a much closer call. The BMW has a slight edge as far as response and performance, and it also has a decent amount of technology as well. Deciding between the two is probably going to come down to just personal preference. Whether you like the styling better or the interior, or if you're a technophile or early adopter and really want the latest, shiniest bits-- if that's the case, the A6 will probably be the best fit for you. Let us know what you think in the comments below. For more information on the A6 as well as its competition, head on over to edmunds.com. To see more videos like this, hit subscribe.

2019 Audi A6 First Drive

Edmunds Senior Reviews Editor Mark Takahashi had the opportunity to drive the all-new 2019 Audi A6 in and around Napa Valley, California. In an era when SUVs are dominating auto sales, Mark contends that the A6 remains relevant for shoppers who still value performance and handling. See what he considers the high and low points for the new A6.