With so many sedans out here, you can't really go wrong with whatever you decide on. You can get one for the family, or it could be your first car. You can get a sedan with all the bells and whistles, or you can opt for the basic model. You have to know what you're looking for in a sedan. Is touchscreen for you, knobs to adjust the volume, or do you just want both? You can get a turbocharged engine or a basic factory engine. Either way, your car will get you from A to B, and don't worry. If you want a fancy, trunk, bumper, or headlights or a freshly new-to-the-market car hood, you'll find that in your search for the best sedan you can afford. You can start with a trusty Toyota, Honda, or Hyundai or even get your zoom on with a Mazda 6! Are you about that hybrid life? Does it matter to you if you can charge up your car? Well, you can find a sedan that'll have that option for you. With all these options, just make sure you find one with a five-star safety rating and handles well when you're driving. You don't want one that makes a lot of noise when you drive.
Me, personally, I like loudspeakers, heated seats, and vehicles that can bend corners with ease. That's the sedan I strive for and maybe so do you, but here's my list of 10 best/worst sedans out here.
20 Not Worth Your Money: Nissan Sentra
The distressing Nissan advocates that the past models were some of the best cars made, but somehow, the newer Nissans just don't have the same feel. However, this one has a 1.8-liter inline-four, making a slower 130 horsepower, and it comes with a factory six-speed manual, a (CVT) being optional.
If you want your engine stronger, the SR Turbo makes 188 horsepower.
You can get larger front brakes, and it also has a resistant suspension. It basically gives you the same transmission choices as a base model; however, the manual and the CVT are revved up for performance duty. You can get the Premium Turbo package. That comes with better speakers (Bose) and leather seating. This car could be a good buy if you're looking for something simple and straight to the point (A to B).
19 Not Worth Your Money: Toyota Corolla
The value of this Corolla is unbalanced, but this car definitely won't give you a thrilling ride. It's very small and has low fuel economy, compared to other cars. It comes with a 1.8-liter inline-four that makes 132 horsepower—140 in the LE Eco model—and drives the front wheels through a six-speed manual or a CVT. The Corolla does provide a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth coming standard. But if you like bigger screens for your car, you can upgrade to a 7.0-inch unit with navigation. All Corollas are equipped with modern technology, like modifying cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automatic high-beams, and automated emergency braking. This is another car for your money, that'll get you where you need to be, but it's nothing flashy or luxurious.
18 Not Worth Your Money: Ford Focus Hatchback
The Ford Focus has a small interior that can make your legs and feet claustrophobic. It also has slow shifting abilities and takes a whole 9 seconds before you even make it to 60 mph.
A 160 hp 2.0-liter inline-four is stock, and it has an option for a 123 hp turbocharged 1.0-liter inline-three with automatic stop/start.
Two engines are available with a six-speed automatic transmission; limited to sedans are the manuals. Yet, the engines lack enthusiasm, and this car doesn't have the best safety tech in its class. This won't stand out from its competitors, but you'll have a car that can handle being on the road every day. The Ford Focus does come equipped with standard features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and blind-spot monitoring, thus making it very easy to use.
17 Not Worth Your Money: Kia Forte 5
Outside of the affordable price and good warranty, this Kia doesn't compare to other cars like it on the market. The Kia Forte 5 won't provide a spacious car like its competitors and doesn't have that great review on the safety tech. It also doesn't have a devoted accomplished model. The Kia, however, does make up for some of the things it lacks in with more driver-assistance tech. It's also on the lower side of fuel-efficient economy. Still, the hatchback Forte5 has the 164 hp 2.0-liter and a six-speed automatic, a 201 hp turbo 1.6-liter with a 7 speed automatic, or a 6-speed manual, which is optional. It has a long way to go to catch up with the competition.
16 Not Worth Your Money: Subaru Impreza Sports
The best thing about this car is not its driving or its ability to excite a new car owner but that it has a great infotainment system. If you're looking for speed, this car isn't for you. The engine is very underwhelming and offers a 152 hp 2.0-liter flat-four with either a CVT or a five-speed manual.
The transmission can leave you hoping for more, and the acceleration will have you stuck in traffic.
Another downside to this car is that the fuel efficiency is somewhere in the middle, which can be underwhelming if you're interested in purchasing this car. Factory models come with a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This car will get you from point A to B safe and sound, but it has no appeal.
15 Not Worth Your Money: Volkswagen Jetta
This is another Jetta with the same look as its previous versions dating all the way back to 2011. Volkswagen still doesn't compare to other brands when it comes to stylish exterior designs. If you're tall, you're going to need more headroom. Yes, it's still a German engineered vehicle, so you'll have that great engine. You'll have a car that's not as fast as the car next to you on the road, which may not be a problem if you're not looking for speed. The base powertrain is a five-speed manual paired with a 150 hp turbo 1.4-liter inline-four; a six-speed automatic is optional, as is a 170 hp turbo 1.8-liter inline-four. The sport-tuned GLI has a 210-hp turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder and racier looks. The all-new 2019 Jetta is expected at dealers in spring 2018.
14 Not Worth Your Money: Chrysler 300
The Chrysler 300 gives you the same design Chrysler gives every year, a luxurious look without the car actually being luxurious. The crash-test reviews weren't that good on this model, so beware of that. If you're a good driver, then you won't have any worries.
It comes with a standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine, but it's on the moderate side for its class of cars.
It's also by far the biggest and longest car in the history of this model. With all the width the car provides, it's not as spacious on the inside as you'd imagine. This car doesn't provide the best mileage (19 CITY/30 HWY) for your money, so this car may not be for you if you want a car with great mileage.
13 Not Worth Your Money: Chevrolet Cruze RS
This car has some substantial features but has some larger alloy wheels that could be a problem down the line. It also has standard interior amenities and a manual transmission that's disheartening. Some of the features have only a top trim level. If that's what's important to you when purchasing a car, then that will be a concern for you. You'll always have an option to upgrade to a customization of your satisfaction.You can upgrade to a turbo-diesel with a six-speed manual or a nine-speed automatic. You definitely will be getting top-of-the-line tech in this car, and it'll be appealing to the eye. You can't forget about the 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that's standard, as is 4G LTE Wi-Fi.
12 Not Worth Your Money: Hyundai Elantra GT Sport
This is one of those cars that look better than they actually drive. This car won't blow you away, and it can be very loud on the road. It comes equipped with a spacious cargo area and a great factory transmission.
Riding in the backseat can be kind of a tight fit; however, it has some good mpg (25 mpg) and a 161 hp 2.0-liter inline-four paired with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
If you want a faster model, you'll have to spend about $3,900. Yet, the 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and navigation are optional. This car has a great 10-year warranty with a 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. That's a great selling point.
11 Not Worth Your Money: Honda Civic
This Honda is supposed to be the best of its kind, and it has some interior features that are hard to look past. The stereo isn't equipped with a volume knob, though. You'll have to adjust the volume with the rough plastic button on the steering wheel or by swiping the side of the screen. In the back seat, there isn't much leg room, so hopefully, you're the driver. Honda provides a smooth ride, but you could easily spend more time with button configurations than actual driving if you purchase the car. The sedans and the coupes get a 158 hp 2.0-liter inline-four or a 174-hp turbo 1.5-liter inline-four paired with a six-speed manual or a CVT. It comes equipped with a very good infotainment system that's Apple or Android ready.
10 Worth Your Money: Honda Accord
This new Honda Accord is clicking on all cylinders with its new design, its 2.0-liter/manual transmission, and its excellent infotainment system. This car is for you. Who? Yes, you...
This car delivers in so many ways with its outstanding/city/highway: 26–33/22–30/32–38 mpg, and 0-60 mph time of 5-7 seconds.
This car is moving and not burning too much gas in the process. Let's not forget about the suped-up 6-valve 1.5-liter inline-4, 192 hp, 192 lb-ft engine, with DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter inline-4, 252 hp, 273 lb-ft. Honda has a spacious backseat and still has room for the driver to recline the seat. The new infotainment system has a touchscreen and those actual knobs, so you can adjust the volume and roam through the menu buttons. It's also equipped with 4G LTE, Android/Apple play.
9 Worth Your Money: 2017 Hyundai Sonata
Look past the plain style and look forward to a nice smooth ride in the 2017 Hyundai Sonata! You'll not only ride safe and sound, but there's no sound when you're driving. The interior cabin provides a relaxing ride the whole way through. Hyundai is put together wonderfully and has a spacious interior that wants your legs to be free of clutter. All Sonatas, except the standard model, offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. No touchscreen unless you upgrade, but it has Bluetooth capabilities. The standard model of Sonatas come with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an especially polished six-speed automatic transmission.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) both give this Sonata a 5-star rating.
8 Worth Your Money: Kia Optima
Kia makes cars for everyone's tastes with so many options and choices like your favorite fast food menu. Kia offers so much for your money. Based on what you're willing to spend, you can really have the car you pay for. This eye-catching Kia will captivate you when it drives by. Your head will turn and you'll want to know how this sleek-looking car isn't in your driveway.
From its touchscreen infotainment system to its LX trim, it has options for its 178 hp turbocharged 1.6-liter engine and dual-clutch automatic transmission.
You can enjoy a cool and relaxed driving experience with more legroom than its competition. Optima’s touchscreen infotainment system works just like your modern smartphones. Take your time and find yourself the right Kia (for your money).
7 Worth Your Money: Mazda 6
As a former Mazda 6 owner myself, I can say that this is the best car I've ever driven, and now, they have a newer and fascinating model. This Mazda 6 will have you flying past the competition and will have all car owners envious of this outstanding vehicle because of its classy interior and the wonderful driving experience this Mazda offers. The 6’s Sport, 184 hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and manual automatic six-speed transmissions can be included in the Mazda. Mazda 6 has a standard 7.0-inch color touchscreen display, including a USB port, an auxiliary audio input jack, voice-control capability, and Bluetooth. Unfortunately, the Mazda 6 doesn't offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Hopefully, this will be a part of future models. The 6 has a 5-star safety rating. This car is class personified.
6 Worth Your Money: Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
There's something about a car that rides well and has good fuel economy. This hybrid offers you a luxury feel without having to buy a luxury car. You have both rows of seats offering you plenty of space. The base model features in the Malibu Hybrid has Bluetooth, satellite radio, a Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and OnStar with 4G LTE and a Wi-Fi hotspot, including a Bose premium audio 9-speaker system, navigation, and wireless device charging.
The Malibu Hybrid has a 4-cylinder engine with two electric motors that can push out 182 horsepower.
You'll get excellent fuel economy, and the Chevy Malibu Hybrid stands out in this category. It manages 49 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. Outstanding!
5 Worth Your Money: 2018 Hyundai Sonata
I know what you're thinking: two Hyundai Sonatas in the top 10? Well, yes, this car provides a ride that only it can provide. Hyundai reworks the exterior look on the car, and it shows with the new grille and headlights, a newly designed hood, and a lower fascia. The back of the car has also gotten a new look; it comes with a new trunk lid, taillights, and rear bumper. The interior has become turned over also; it comes standard with a proximity key and push-button start, a power driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a USB port for the rear passenger compartment. There's also a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and automatic headlights, and a top-of-the-line blind-spot monitoring system is standard. This car is worth it.
4 Worth Your Money: 2018 Chevrolet Malibu
At No. 4, this Malibu is one of the best midsize cars available. With passenger room, value, and top safety reviews, this car is well worth its value, but let me explain it more, so you'll believe me. If you have that new teen driver, well, this car for you because you can set limits that your teenage child can or cannot do while driving.
Malibu gives you the choice of a touchscreen or the feel of regular buttons and knobs, and the infotainment settings are easy to navigate.
A 7- or 8-inch touchscreen and the menus are natural to use and will make it easy to learn. Below the screen are more audio and climate controls. Also, the MyLink interface has smartphone integration (with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay).
3 Worth Your Money: Toyota Camry Hybrid
This Camry Hybrid has so much to offer, and you'll find out more things with a test drive. With a whole new redesign for 2018, the Toyota Camry Hybrid has a great powertrain, spacious rear seating, and a large trunk space, and it's also very efficient. Camry is known to be one of the most reliable manufacturers on the market, and it continues that with every model they've manufactured. This one comes with remote keyless entry and a 6.1-inch touchscreen Entune audio system. It has a combined EPA-rated 44/47 mpg city/highway. Toyota is making sure you don't have to stop for gas as much. It also has a 5-star rating from (NHTSA) and a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Toyota is making sure they have you and all your needs covered.
2 Worth Your Money: Ford Fusion
This is a good-looking car with many styles and models to choose from. This car has a model for anyone's needs that can be obtained if you're willing to put the time in to customize it. It has a good balance when being driven and a spacious cabin/trunk. You ride smoothly on the road, and it bends corners well. There's also good feedback from the steering wheel while it's being driven.
The Fusion delivers a car you can be proud of with up to 325 horsepower.
The base model of the 2018 Fusion features a four-speaker stereo and the base SYNC infotainment system that allows you to use voice controls and make phone calls/ play music. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives it a 2018 Top Safety Pick. This car will do you justice.
1 Worth Your Money: Toyota Camry
This is the best midsize/sedan car. The 2018 Toyota Camry is the best sedan out there. Its updated infotainment system, advanced safety features, and navigation app make this car very appealing. Camry gets a whole new level of aggression because of its edgy new engine choices and updated driving movement. The new infotainment system is much better than last year's model, but you still cannot get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto; however, Toyota has made it easier to sync your smartphone, so your apps can work in place of not having Android/Apple compatibility. Other features include Siri Eyes Free and voice controls. With 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, the 2018 Camry is one of the most fuel-efficient midsize cars. It's a must-buy car!
Sources: Car And Driver; Edmunds; Wikipedia; MotorTrend
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