Sedans are among the most popular vehicles on the market. They’re practical, family friendly, comfortable and safe. They’re the jack of all trades of the industry and it easy to see why. Recently sedans have put more of an emphasis on safety and efficiency, and some have even started to spice things up with sporty driving dynamics.
What’s New in Sedans for 2015?
Many sedans have been refreshed for 2016 and a few return as all new models. The Kia Optima sits in the latter group, and while it doesn’t look particularly different, it’s all new with a brand new SX Limited trim that arrives with a 245-hp, 260 lb-ft of torque, turbocharged engine. This model is the sportiest, while a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine is also available in other trims that offers more MPGs.
Another all-new vehicle in the sedan segment is the Chevy Malibu, with its radical new look that reminds us of the bold looking Impala. Longer and lower than the outgoing model, the Malibu uses a new front-wheel drive architecture that allows the car to cut about 300 lbs from the previous generation. Three engines are offered, a base 2.5-liter four cylinder, a mid-trim 1.5-liter turbo and an optional 2.0-liter turbo. At $22,500, it’s also significantly cheaper than most of the competition.
One more fresh face this year is the Volkswagen Passat. Like the Optima, it doesn’t look radically different, but the changes are deep beneath the skin. It’s available with two engines, a 1.8-liter turbo-four, or a 3.6-liter V6. Our favorite changes are on the inside, where the sedan uses a similar cluster and controls as the Golf compact.
Finally a new Nissan Maxima has hit the market, proving that full-size sedans are still a thing. With its impressive V6 putting out 300 hp, the Maxima lives up to the nickname of 4DSC or “four-door sports car.”
Several popular cars in the segment have received heavy refreshes, including the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. Both cars get updated interiors, new front fascias and are available with new safety features like front collision warning.
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What’s Coming in Sedans?
Another new full-sized sedan is set to debut this year and that’s the Kia Cadenza. Competing with that will be a refreshed version of the rear-wheel drive Chevrolet SS, which will be its last model year before it becomes discontinued.
Expect Toyota to combat the new Accord with a refresh of the Camry, while hybrid versions of the Kia Optima will also hit markets in 2016. A new Ford Focus is also set to be introduced in the coming year, so keep an eye on that.