Top 10 Best Looking Sedans of 2017
These days, there are a lot of good-looking four-door sedans on the market.
Decades ago, four-door sedans were considered boring, family cars. But now crossovers and SUVs fill that need and many automakers are making sure their sedans are as stylish as ever. It’s rather difficult to choose just the top 10 best looking sedans available today, but we think we’ve managed to narrow it down.
While many of these choices come from luxury automakers, there are also a few affordable cars on the list. Let us know what you think of our picks in the comments section below.
Alfa Romeo Giulia
Alfa Romeo’s return to North America started with the 4C Coupe, a niche sports car that won’t find its way into very many garages. Instead, the Giulia sedan plays the mainstream role with attractive Italian styling and the unmistakable Alfa Romeo front end. The Giulia comes in a few flavors, but the range-topping Quadrifoglio features an aggressive front end with large air intake openings that give us a truly menacing stance.
Aston Martin Rapide S
Aston Martin did the smart thing when it came to designing its four-door Rapide. It basically slapped two more doors on a stretched body and kept the styling as Aston Martin as possible. The result? It’s one of the most attractive sedans available today, although we’re sure the British automaker wishes it sold better.
People like to joke that all Audi models look the same. Part of that is true, but there’s something special about the RS7. Audi isn’t the first automaker to create a “four-door coupe,” but it arguably did it the best. Following in the footsteps of the Mercedes CLS, Audi’s creation has more attractive and flowing lines and although its front end has become recognizable across all its models, the sportback is really striking from the back.
The Infiniti Q50 has a beautiful design that stands out in a field of very angular and hyper-aggressive sedans. It has classy and organic styling that should age well. The Infiniti Q50 is easily one of the prettiest sedans in its price range.
The latest-generation Cadillac ATS-V not only looks great but performs well enough to compete with the best of what Germany has to offer. Cadillac was able to find a nice balance between being sporty and luxurious while staying true to its American roots when it came to designing this sedan.
It took a bit of time, but it appears Lincoln is back on the right track. The new Continental proves the American automaker can make attractive cars, even if its designs are on the conservative side. Perhaps Lincoln labels it best, saying the Continental is “Cool. Calm. Decidedly Continental.” And that’s what the sedan really portrays without over-the-top aggressive styling. Just a nice smooth body with attractive lines.
Compared to the Maserati Quattroporte, the Ghibli, the smaller of the two sedan models, is definitely more stylish and sporty. It may not live up to the expectations of being a four-door Ferrari, but the Maserati Ghibli offers its own unique appeal in an oversaturated market filled to the brim with luxury performance sedans.
The most affordable car on our list is the Mazda 6. Its styling may be a few years old now, but we still love it, which just goes to show you how well the design has aged. It looks much more upscale than its price suggests, exhibiting a sense of both luxury and sportiness. Considering it has to compete with cars like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, we’re glad Mazda has taken a few liberties when it comes to styling.
Some say the Mercedes-Benz CLS started the “four-door coupe” craze and it still remains one of the best looking offerings out there. The CLS comes in many trim levels including the most aggressive and powerful CLS63 from AMG. There’s also the more affordable Mercedes-Benz CLA that borrows styling cues from the CLS.
Like the Lincoln Continental, the Volvo S90 isn’t one of those cars that scream at you. It’s calm and collected, with clean lines and a handsome profile. The company’s design language is spilling over onto its entire lineup and that’s a good thing, especially with smaller models on the way. Volvo might still have a long way to go before it can legitimately compete with other luxury automakers like Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, but at least its styling is going the right direction.
Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.
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