2021 Sedans

The four-door sedan spent decades atop the list of preferred vehicles for drivers who needed extra passenger space, be it a family with a couple kids or a professional who uses the vehicle for carpooling. However, the steady increase in popularity among crossovers and sport utility vehicles has caused a decline in interest in sedans. As a result, many automakers have shifted their focus away from four-door cars, instead dedicating more development time on utility vehicles that offer many of the advantages of a sedan, but with added space and ground clearance. Many sedans that once topped the sales charts have driven off into the sunset, but there are still plenty of popular four-door cars that offer lots of passenger space without the overall size of an SUV.

While the sedan segment has shrunken a bit over the past few years, many of the bestselling vehicles in the United States continue to be four-door cars. For ages, the Toyota Camry has been the bestselling car in the North American market, a title that it retained for 2021. It, like many of its high volume competitors focus on efficiency and affordability.

But the sedan segment has something for everyone. If it's plenty of performance one wishes to purchase, there is the 2022 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye offers 797 horsepower and a top speed over 200 miles per hour. For those more inclined towards efficiency and green driving, there hybrids, PHEVs and full electric vehicle offerings in the sedan segment. 


Pros And Cons Of Sedans

Pros
  • Passenger space for five people with separate cargo space
  • Available with front-, rear- or all-wheel-drive
  • Better driving dynamics than most crossovers
  • More fuel efficient than most crossovers
  • Tight competition provides more features for your money
Cons
  • Limited cargo space
  • Less passenger space than most crossovers
  • Low ground clearance, even with AWD models

AWD Sedans

Up until the 1970s, most sedans sold in the United States were rear-wheel-drive models, including both American and European vehicles. The Japanese automakers led to the early popularity of front-drive cars and the American automakers followed, transitioning many of the most popular four-door cars to front-wheel-drive while performance models generally stuck with rear-wheel-drive. As crossovers and SUVs with standard all-wheel-drive became more popular, automakers began offering sedans with all-wheel-drive as well.

SEE ALSO: Toyota Camry AWD vs Kia K5 AWD Comparison

If you are looking for an all-wheel-drive sedan, Subaru is a good place to start, as the Legacy is the original all-wheel drive mid-size sedan. But there are now plenty of other options including the Kia K5, Toyota Camry, and Nissan Altima. If you're after a large AWD sedan, there's still a lot of choices including the Chrysler 300, Kia Stinger, Volkswagen Arteon, and Dodge Charger. 


What's new in sedans in 2022?

Toyota Mirai

2022 Toyota Mirai First Drive The Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle was actually new for the 2021 model year, but it was such a late introduction, we are considering it new this year. Poised to get upwards of 402 miles of range, the hydrogen powered Mirai comes with a 182 hp motor that produces an impressive 300 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the Camry and Avalon, the Mirai is rear-wheel drive.  The first generation Mirai had funky styling, but this new car is much more conventional inside and out. Obviously you would need to live in close proximity to a hydrogen refuelling station to make life with a Mirai work, but with an MPGe rating of 74 combined, it could be well worth it. 
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Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima continues to be a big seller for the Japanese brand and the 2022 model adds a new trim and some content. The Midnight Edition Package adds LED fog lights, heated front seats, a moonroof, blacked-out trim, and more to the SR 2.5-liter version of the sedan. 

SEE ALSO: 2020 Nissan Altima vs 2020 Subaru Legacy Comparison

Otherwise, the Altima continues much unchanged, offering the choice of a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine or a more potent turbocharged one, along with the choice between front-wheel or all-wheel drive. 
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Honda Accord

2022 Honda Accord Hybrid Honda has the second best-selling mid-size sedan in the Accord. A new Sport trim has been added to the Accord Hybrid this year, which includes 19-inch alloy wheels, a black rear spoiler, heated front seats, and LED lighting for both the headlamps and the fog lights. Unlike a lot of the Accord's Japanese competitors, Honda does not offer an all-wheel drive version of the brand's mid-size sedan, but there is an efficient Accord Hybrid. Regular Accords are powered by a choice of turbocharged four-cylinder engines, with the larger 2.0-liter being paired to a ten-speed automatic transmission. 
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Other Highlights from the World of Sedans

Chevrolet Malibu

2019 chevrolet malibu It's hard to believe, but the Chevrolet Malibu is the only mid-size American sedan left on the market. Like the Accord, it comes with the choice of turbocharged engine, but the Hybrid was discontinued a few years ago. 
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Hyundai Sonata

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line First Drive Review Unlike many of its competitors, the Hyundai Sonata can be had with no fewer than four different powertrains. There is a naturally aspirated four-cylinder, two turbocharged engines, and a dedicated hybrid. As has been the norm for the past few generations of the Sonata, it is aggressively styled to look like nothing else in the segment. 

SEE ALSO: 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Review: First Drive

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Dodge Charger

Stellantis still offers a pair of full-size sedans, the Dodge Charger and the Chrysler 300. Although the 300 is a good car in its own-right, the Charger steals all the headlines, offering a variety of choices and options. The lower trim levels come with a V6 engine paired to either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. There are still plenty of V8 choices that range in power form 370 hp to massive 797 hp. 
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Kia K5

The Kia K5 is the corporate sibling to the Hyundai Sonata, but differs in a few key areas. For starters, it is possible to get an all-wheel drive K5, unlike the Sonata. As well, engine choices are limited to just the two turbocharged units in the Kia. 
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Nissan Maxima

The Nissan Maxima has been a bit of niche vehicle over the past several years. It's a full-size car that resides somewhere between the plush Toyota Avalon and the more performance orientated V8 Chargers. The Maxima is a premium large car that still likes to be driven hard from time to time. 

SEE ALSO: New Tech, Fresh Style Define Refreshed 2019 Nissan Maxima

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Toyota Camry

As mentioned earlier, the Camry continues to be the best selling car in America. It is one of the few mid-size sedans left to offer a V6 engine as well, which turns the Camry TRD into a surprisingly capable vehicle. For those less interested in speed and handling, there is still the terrific Camry Hybrid that can be had in three trim levels.
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