Today’s car buyer may have an insatiable appetite for crossovers, but sedans are still one of the most popular ways to get you, your kids, and everyone’s baggage (both literal and figurative) from A to B.
Though budgets will obviously define which tier of sedans you can peruse, there’s something special in every sub-set of four-door vehicles on the market. Below is our list of top 10 best sedans — in no particular order — for your shopping (or fantasizing) pleasure.
There are compact sedans, sporty compact sedans, and outright sports sedans. The Subaru WRX drives confidently into the latter category with a brilliant turbocharged flat-four cylinder engine, 268 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque, and a rally-bred all-wheel drive system. Though the more powerful STi derivative of the Impreza may be quicker around a dirt or tarmac track, the WRX is actually more rapid to 60 mph and delivers good ride quality. With a stiff-but-not-harsh suspension, a torque-vectoring drivetrain, and a progressive electric steering rack, the WRX will out-maneuver the competition without falling victim of the boy-racer stereotype.
The interior is relatively Spartan, but drivers will forgive Subaru once they hit a curvy road. Nimble, compliant, and an all-weather workhorse, the WRX offers all the fun of a coupe with the utility and insurance breaks of a sedan.
While you could buy about a dozen very good sedans for the price of one Rolls Royce Ghost, you can’t really put a price on effortless luxury. The Ghost may be the introductory offer in the Rolls lineup, but there’s nothing “entry-level” about it. With self-leveling air springs, variable damping shocks, double-pane glass windows, immensely soft leather, and massaging seatbacks, the Ghost is the most comfortable way to pour on the miles.
The stately estate comes equipped with a 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V12 and 563 horsepower on tap, meaning it’s no slouch. There’s also a satellite-controlled transmission to dictate gear changes based on your geography. While certainly pleasant to pilot, it’s just as easy to turn over driving responsibilities to your chauffeur while you enjoy the rear seat infotainment, individualized climate controls, reclining and massaging seats, and personalized umbrellas (ready to spring from the doors at the touch of a button).
If the Rolls Royce Ghost is the posh, sophisticated sedan, then the Hellcat is its counterpoint: a knuckle-dragging, violent brute. With 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque produced from a 6.2-liter supercharged V8, the Charger SRT Hellcat is one of the most powerful vehicles you can buy, at a price that settles neatly between a Honda Civic and a BMW M5. While some might bemoan the Hellcat’s heft, it is just as stupendously fun to hammer in a straight-line as it is to whip around a road course.
Layer in some top-notch convenience features, a thoroughly comfortable cabin, plenty of space for a full family, and bold-yet-handsome styling, and the Hellcat makes an excellent case for itself long before you ignite its massive motor. When Dodge finally does bid farewell to its HEMI V8, performance enthusiasts will make a three-mile-long queue to purchase a Hellcat on the secondary market, so might as well scoop one up now!
Cadillac really swung for the fences with its redesigned CTS. While the high performance “V” had already upset the German establishment, the standard CTS still struggled with a less than thrilling exterior and a cheap-o interior. That all changed with dramatic styling tweaks and a cleaner, more premium cabin. For the first time, GM’s luxury marque could go toe-to-toe with BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Lexus not just in terms of lap times, but in convenience, refinement, and design categories.
Watching the CTS in motion is an occasion: sharp creases, clean lines, and attractive LED running lights draw the eye. Once inside, supple leather seats greet your behind while the remainder of the cabin is treated to textured wood, and metal. Though there’s still some work to be done on the automaker’s CUE infotainment system, it’s vastly improved over years past. Above all, though, the CTS is still the best bargain in town. Strong performance and refinement abound for thousands less than its closest rivals.
The word “diesel” has been met with shudders lately – largely due to Volkswagen’s dishonest marketing practices – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t good, efficient diesel sedans available today. Mercedes-Benz wowed us with its new C-Class from the inside out. Though just a small step up from the brand’s entry-level CLA price-wise, the C-Class interior is incredibly luxurious and beautifully designed. Add to that a peppy, frugal motor and you have the makings of a truly great, affordable luxury commuter.
With 201 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque on offer, the C250d has plenty of grunt to turn long drives into short ones, and the addition of self-driving technology makes the daily slog to and from work that much easier. The automaker’s COMMAND infotainment system isn’t the most intuitive, but every all-star has its weakness – this shortcoming, when considered as part of the complete package, is hardly noticeable.