2020 Sedans

Sedans are still popular despite being overshadowed by crossovers, though there are fewer and fewer options available. They’re practical, family friendly, comfortable and safe. They’re the jack of all trades of the industry, and it is 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.

Ford and GM have recently stepped back from sedans and will be putting more focus on crossovers, so have discontinued many of their four-doors. Some models being discontinued are the Cadillac CT6, Cadillac ATS, Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Taurus, Ford Fusion, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Cadillac XTS, and Chevrolet Volt. There aren’t many large American sedans left — the Buick Regal and LaCrosse, Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 are some that are still available.

Pros and Cons of Sedans

Pros: Sedans are often more affordable, have better driving dynamics, and are more fuel efficient than their crossover counterparts, and more and more sedans are becoming available with all-wheel drive, though most are front-drive. Many sedans, even budget ones, are available with the latest safety and convenience features.

Cons: For carrying cargo, sedans aren’t usually as useful as crossovers or vehicles with hatchback trunks, though many have fold-down rear seats that allow you to hold longer items. Sedans also max out at 4 or 5 passengers, which isn’t going to cut it if you need more space.

What’s New in Sedans for 2019?

The 2020 Mazda3 sedan has been completely overhauled and besides getting an all-new style, it will also be available with a turbo engine and all-wheel drive. In a similar vein, the Mazda6 was refreshed for 2019 and it also get a new turbo engine option and upscale features like ventilated seats.

The Kia Forte was completely redone for 2019 with a Stinger-inspired new style. upmarket trimmings and tech inside, and a new CVT. The Forte also gets a new GT model, which comes standard with a 1.6L turbo and either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DCT, a great addition since the base engine and the CVT in the Forte makes it quite slow. The Optima family sedan was refreshed with little tweaks all around, and the new Kia K900 debuted, trying to set a new standard for big luxury sedans.

The Hyundai Accent sedan is new for 2019, offering a great budget car with a lot of value, while the Elantra and Sonata are also excellent picks.

Volkswagen came out with a new Jetta for 2019, and although it’s not the most exciting, it offers German driving dynamics and build quality for a very affordable price. The GLI will be coming soon as well. The Passat is also refreshed and the Arteon should be arriving soon as a more upscale offering from the brand.

The Toyota Camry and Avalon were all-new for 2018, but for 2019, the Japanese automaker added a performance-focused TRD model to each lineup. They don’t get any power upgrades, but they do get parts and tweaks that should result in tangible performance improvements. The 12th-generation 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan is a huge seller for the brand and it was overhauled with an all-new platform, an aggressive new look, more power, and more technology than ever before. It’s now also available with a Hybrid variant and finally with Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Over at rivals Honda, the Accord is unchanged for 2019, but that’s OK because it was so good to begin with — it’s probably the best family sedan you can buy. New sedan offerings for 2019 include the brand new Honda Insight, a Civic-sized hybrid with Accord-like features and Prius-like fuel economy, and the Honda Clarity, a new hybrid/plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicle.

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The Altima, Nissan’s answer to popular family sedans like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, is also new and offering something neither of them do: The availability of all-wheel drive. The only other family sedan that offers AWD is the Subaru Legacy. The front-drive Altimas can also be paired with the high-tech new VC Turbo engine, which Nissan says is fast when you want it and also fuel efficient when you want it to be. The Altima also has the most comfortable seats ever. It will continue to be sold alongside the Sentra and refreshed Maxima.

Moving to luxury offerings, the big news here is an all-new 7th-generation BMW 3 Series. More high tech than ever before, it comes with all the driver assistance and safety tech as well as a slick new infotainment system with a personal assistant that you can talk to naturally, using the command “Hey BMW” to operate it. The new 3 grows in size yet managed to keep its weight in check and BMW has promised that the driving dynamics are more focused than before.

BMW really needed to update the 3 Series because of a certain automaker called Genesis. As Hyundai’s luxury brand, Genesis has its sights on BMW and its focus is sharp. The Genesis G70 has been hailed as a legitimate 3 Series competitor and has been awarded as AutoGuide.com’s 2019 Car of the Year. Bringing an excellent mix of desirability, cool factor, luxury, tech and driving dynamics, the G70 is an excellent all-around package that really raises the bar. The large and luxurious G90 got a refresh for 2019 that updates the looks pretty dramatically.

Over at Lexus, the IS needs to be updated soon but the ES was recently overhauled with a thoughtful interior and better driving dynamics without sacrificing the comfort and quietness you are right to expect from Lexus. 2019 Lexus ES 350 Review Mercedes-Benz's A-Class Sedan is here and will set a new benchmark for small luxury sedans. Mercedes-AMG also came out with its new and inaccurately named AMG GT 4 Door Coupe, which we classify as a sedan, but whatever. It's a four-door version of the AMG GT sports car but actually share more in common to the E-Class. The CLS was also all-new for 2019 and it brought back the inline six engine and also offers a mild hybrid system that provides a boost in torque and also helps increase fuel efficiency.

The Volvo S60 (and its V60 wagon variant) is all-new for 2019 and is probably the best-driving Volvo yet. With a certain crispness and balance other Volvos lack, it seems to be a worthy 3 Series, Audi A4 or Mercedes C-Class competitor. The S60 gives us a lot of what we liked about the S90 but in a smaller package.

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Acura came out with a new ILX that is more than just a fancy Civic. It was the final model to adopt the automaker’s new design language that is dominated by the jewel headlights and diamond pentagon grille design. The TLX and RLX were also recently re-done with the new look. Over at Infiniti, the Q50 and Q70 are the only sedans on offer, and the Q70 is really getting old.

Audi made some big updates to its sedan lineup for 2019. The A5, A6, A7 and A8 are all new boasting more tech, better driving dynamics and more power and efficiency. The A4 is still a solid offering, which is true for the even smaller A3.

Matching Audi, BMW’s 5 Series was completely redone along with the M5, which is the first ever M5 to come with AWD. Don’t worry though, the new M5 is high tech and has a variety of driving modes, some of which allow you to drive the rear wheels only.

An interesting and much-applauded move, Lincoln gave its Continental sedan coach-style doors.

What’s Coming in Sedans?

Toyota has hinted that it will add sporty TRD models and more AWD across its lineup. The Subaru Legacy is also due for an all-new model soon.

Mercedes will until a new CLA very soon and the Porsche Taycan is coming soon as the automaker’s first electric car. The Porsche Pajun is also rumored as a smaller Panamera.

Audi will be coming out with a full electric sedan soon. We should expect more electrified offerings as well as more sedans with liftback styling, like the Kia Stinger, Porsche Panamera and Audi A5/A7. Don't be surprised if we see more sedans being discontinued in 2019. 

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