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The large, rear-wheel-drive sedan is a uniquely American phenomenon. Like bison, they used to roam free across the continent in an enormous herd that couldn’t be numbered, not even with an industrial-size abacus. But just like their furry, hoofed counterparts these cars have all but disappeared, victims of that relentless and unstoppable force called progress.
Before trucks and utility vehicles became all the rage, large sedans used to be the heart of the American car market. They dominated thoroughfares and back roads of this country for decades. Big Buicks, mighty Mopars and forceful Fords were a way of life for drivers just half a lifetime ago.
Top 10 Large Sedans With the Greatest Range
There’s something magical about going on a road trip. Whether it’s the allure of visiting a far-flung destination or just the call of the highway, piling into a car and eating up miles satiates mankind’s wanderlust.
Of course some vehicles are better for long-distance drives than others. A quiet interior, comfortable seats and smooth ride are prerequisites, but plentiful cup holders and storage spaces for snacks can’t hurt, either.
In a lot of ways large sedans were tailor-made for cross-country trips. They’re roomy, relatively efficient and don’t beat you up like a race-prepared Miata. Last week we examined 10 such cars, ranking them based on trunk space. This week we’re comparing those same four-doors but focusing on driving range.
We took each car’s EPA highway fuel-economy rating and multiplied it by the total gallons of fuel in their respective tanks to arrive at a maximum possible range. So, which of these full-figured cars is the ultimate bladder-buster? Click ahead to find out!
Top 10 Large Sedans With The Biggest Trunks
America is the land of the free and the home of large sedans. With miles and miles of miles and miles, drivers don’t have to contend with congested urban parking or dreadful highway traffic like their European counterparts. We’re free to relax and stretch our legs clear across the continent if we so desire.
U.S. Interstates and two-lane back roads were the breeding ground for a unique automotive species: the large sedan. Spacious, comfortable and smooth, Detroit’s Big Three created the original recipe for these highway cruisers, but foreign automakers have a thing or two to say about how to prepare them.
Trunk space is one of the most important metrics to examine when comparing big four-door cars. How many golf bags can be crammed into a cargo hold? What about suitcases for a weekend road trip to Atlantic City? People need to know! Here’s a list of the Top 10 large sedans ranked in order of trunk volume.
And it’s largely down to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The ZF unit, the 845RE, is the first of its kind installed in a domestically produced automobile and will come teamed with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 found in both the entry-level 2012 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans.
This addresses a major criticism of the cars, namely that, until now, they sported a five-speed automatic when much of the competition had already shifted to six-speed units.
According to Chrysler’s own test results the new V6/eight-speed automatic combo, combined with a 2.65:1 final drive ratio; enables these large sedans to achieve 31 miles per gallon highway in terms of fuel economy, versus 27 mpg on the outgoing models. In the city, both the 2012 300 and Charger reportedly get 19 miles per gallon (a five percent increase over the outgoing models).
All-wheel drive versions for 2012 boast a shorter final drive (3.07:1) though for these, Chrysler has yet to release any official fuel mileage ratings (though expect them to be slightly less when it does).
The 845RE reportedly requires no modifications to be installed in the LX chassis and despite the extra gears and complexity, is only some 6.6 lbs (3 kg) heavier than the five-speed unit it replaces, plus it’s a fill for life unit, not requiring fluid changes under normal driving conditions.
With Ford now having pulled out of the large, traditional RWD sedan market and GM not having really bothered with it since 1996, it’s nice to see that at least one Detroit automaker continues to invest in large rear-drive sedans. Long live the true American Road Car!