Americans are keeping their cars longer now than ever before so there’s a good chance you haven’t been worrying about what’s new and competitive in the marketplace. If you’re in the market for a new sedan, here’s what you need to know.
What’s new for Sedans?
Mazda debuted its new Mazda6 this year, arguably the best in the segment for striking a balance between fuel economy, good looks and refined driving dynamics. You can get it in both a stick or automatic, even in mid-level trim. Top-tier packages can even come with adaptive cruise control and a marginally fuel-saving feature the company calls i-ELOOP.
Honda has added two new models to the Accord lineup this year, a regular hybrid and a full-blown plug-in hybrid. Using Honda's new two-motor hybrid technology, the Accord finally becomes a proper hybrid unlike the electric assist Accord V6 Hybrid from the past.
Chevrolet’s Malibu is has been updated this year to address many concerns both Chevrolet dealers and customers had with the 2013 model. New features include a fresh center console, mildly revised front fascia and a new standard 2.5 liter four-clyinder engine wih start-stop technology to boost fuel economy.
Finally, Hyundai updated its Sonata sedan this year with a new center console and slight revisions to the exterior. Meanwhile the Sonata Hybrid saw updates under the skin, with drivetrain improvements to improve fuel economy to 36 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.
If space is king in your domain, there’s also the new Avalon from Toyota and a brand-new Chevrolet Impala to try. Both boast powerful V6 engines and plenty of space in both the trunk and second row. Formerly drab barges, both now also sport attractive sheetmetal.
Noticing that improving fuel economy is a popular industry trend? You’re not wrong. Chrysler will also offer a new transmission in its 200. Guess how many gears? Not six, not even eight, but a flabbergasting nine speeds will set the tempo for its spinning wheels once the equipment is put in place. As well, the new 200 will feature a trick new all-wheel drive system.
Nissan will also be replacing the company's long-in-the-tooth Maxima in the near future with styling cues borrowed from Sport Sedan Concept.