2020 Sedans

It’s no new revelation that the once popular sedan is on the verge of collapse as a market. Most customers are opting for the taller and not necessarily more spacious crossovers. Some manufacturers, on the other hand, especially the big three in North America are looking to step away from the segment altogether. Ford has announced that it will cease to produce sedans altogether. The Fusion will not survive 2020. GM’s sedan portfolio is shrinking too. The Malibu and Impala are currently on sale but are not expected to be for much longer. They could be decommissioned by 2022, there is, however, no official statement regarding the same. Be that as it may, there is still hope for customers with a soft corner for stately sedans in their hearts. The Japanese and Koreans are not only making sedans but are actively driving innovation as well. Same is the case with Europeans. The tectonic plates would likely shift before Germany gives up on making sedans, stately or otherwise. The 2020 model year saw significant updates to popular models and the debut of some new sedans as well. The Toyota Camry and Avalon received AWD, the Subaru Legacy got a major update, Nissan introduced the new Sentra, Kia overhauled the Forte lineup for 2020 and Mercedes debuted the new 2020 CLA. And we’re still just scratching the proverbial surface.

Pros And Cons Of Sedans

Pros
  • Better driving dynamics compared to crossovers
  • More fuel-efficient
  • As spacious if not more
  • Usually more affordable than crossovers
  • Now come with AWD as well
Cons
  • Not cargo haulers
  • Can rarely accommodate more than four people in comfort
  • Low ground clearance

What's new in sedans in 2020?

Toyota Avalon

Toyota has equipped its full-size sedan with AWD and it did it just as the colder months approached. Breaking from tradition, the move to offer AWD could have been in the light of the crossover onslaught on the car market. The Avalon is powered by a 2.5-liter four-pot and a 3.0-liter V6 just like the Camry. It goes on sale in the spring of 2020.
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Toyota Camry

2019_Toyota_Camry Just like the Avalon, the Toyota Camry too has received an AWD drive option for the 2020 Model Year. It is also the only car in its segment to still offer a V6 engine under its hood. Toyota has been pitching the Camry as a sporty driver’s car as well whilst retaining all the premium bits it has come to be known for. While it might not be a corner carver, the option of the V6 and AWD combo is enough to make the package rather appealing.
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Volkswagen Passat

The Passat is one of the staples of the VW lineup and has been for decades. In a word, it’s adequate. It is plenty comfortable and offers adequate convenience features and an adequate drive. Powered by a 2.0-liter inline 4 turbo making 174 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque, the output is adequate too. The engine is mated to a perfectly standard 6-speed AT. In other words, it is a ‘fine’ car but lacks a personality some of its competitors like the Sonata have plenty of. The lack of a defining feature could work against it in attracting new buyers.
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Subaru Legacy

The Legacy is Subaru’s flagship family sedan and has been completely redone for MY2020 as it enters its seventh generation. The new Legacy features numerous changes and updates. For starters, Subaru has decided to move the Legacy to the Subaru Global Platform or SGP. Despite the new platform, the Legacy looks almost identical to the previous generation save for the headlamps and tail lamps that have been redesigned. It also features a new set of powertrains. The top 2 trims are powered by the new 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer four making 260 hp while all the lower trims are powered by the 2.5-liter boxer-four making 182 hp. The flat-six from the previous-gen has been binned entirely. It features a redone interior along with a much bigger 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
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Toyota Corolla

For MY2020, Toyota moved the Corolla to its new TNGA or Toyota New Global Architecture Platform. It is a scalable platform that will underpin pretty much everything Toyota makes. The 2020 model gets a redesigned face which has significantly helped its appeal. It now looks more youthful and a tad bit more interesting. In addition, the Corolla is available with three engine options, all are naturally aspirated and one of them is a hybrid. The 1.8-liter 4-cylinder makes 139 hp and comes mated to a CVT only but with a first gear. The 2.0-liter engine is offered with a 6-speed manual as well. The hybrid gets the 1.80liter four-pot hooked up to a battery and a motor. Other improvements include more rigidity from the platform that results in a better ride. The cabin is more comfortable and spacious as well. The infotainment system now gets Apple CarPlay and support for Alexa as standard. There is, however, still no Android Auto.
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Hyundai Sonata

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata reaffirms the South Korean carmaker’s conviction towards making sedans and its faith in the segment. The new 2020 Sonata is a far cry from the previous generation. Aesthetically, it is bolder and looks like nothing from its segment which would help set it apart from the crowd. Inside, it’s plusher as well. You get all the convenience we’ve come to expect from Hyundai including touchscreen infotainment system equipped with Android Auto Apple CarPlay and support for Alexa as well. The 10.5-inch screen, however, is reserved for the top trims and the 12-speaker Bose system is optional as well. Hyundai has also overhauled the engine lineup. The base trims are powered by the 2.5-liter naturally aspirated GDi inline 4 making 191 hp and 180 hp while the top SEL Plus trim is powered by the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-banger and makes 180 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to the 8-speed automatic transmission. In terms of safety, features like forward collision mitigation, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control are all standard. The blind spot detection however is reserved for the higher trims only. Currently, the Sonata is a FWD only but according to Hyundai, the platform can accommodate an AWD powertrain as well.
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Kia Forte

The Kia Forte has evolved a fair bit for the 2020 model year. Though the engine options remain pretty much identical, its the trim lineup that has changed. The S trim has been given the boot and the LS trim has been replaced by LXS. The GT and GT-line trims have also been added. There is a change in the gearbox lineup as well. The staple 6-speed automatic has been replaced by the CVT gearbox though the option for a 6-speed manual is still available. Plus, you also get a 7-speed DCT but that is reserved for the GT trim only. The two engines on the portfolio are the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-four and the 1.6-liter inline-four turbo. The 2.0-liter pushes out 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque while the 1.6-liter engine makes 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. All trims apart from the GT are powered by the 2.0-liter unit, the GT trims, on the other hand, are powered by the 1.6. In addition, the GT is available with either a 7-speed DCT or a 6-speed manual.
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Nissan Sentra

Nissan finally introduced the 2020 Sentra to the North American market and it was about time too. The 2020 Sentra gets a design overhaul and a consolidated engine lineup. It is now only powered by the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder naturally aspirated engine that makes 149 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque which is adequate. Where the Sentra really shines though is the cabin and features it offers. The leatherette upholstery looks from a segment above, Nissan’s safety suite comes standard including blind spot detetction and you can opt for the 8-speaker Bose audio system, though in the top trim only.
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Nissan Versa

2020 Nissan Versa Review The second car to get an overhaul for the 2020 model year is the Versa. The front fascia is now in accordance with the Nissan family even though it is still undepinned by the Nissan V platform that also underpins the fifth generation Micra. The Versa too just like the Sentra gets one single engine. It is powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder motor making 122 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. It does however get a 5-speed manual in the base variant. The SV and the SR are available with a CVT gearbox only. Goodies like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and adaptive cruise control are available on the SV and SR trims only. Blind spot detection though is exclusive to SR trim.
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BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

The 2 Series Gran Coupe is BMW’s smallest four-door coupe yet but not necessarily the most affordable. It is based on the FWD UKL platform which also suppors AWD. In the North American Market however, it is only available with AWD. It is powered y a 2.0-liter twin turbo 4-cylinder engine which is available in two states of tune. In the 228i xDrive it makes 228 hp and 258 lb-ft. In the M 235i, the same engine makes 301hp and 331 lb-ft of torque. Inside you still get all the BMW essentials like leather seats, dual-zone climate control and the Live Cockpit plus. What you don’t get, however, is enough space in the rear bench for adults.
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Cadillac CT4 and CT4-V

Cadillac revealed its CT4 sedan late last year as its ATS replacement and will go on sale early this year. It will be offered with three powertrain options and all will be turbocharged 4-cylinder units. The 2.0-liter engine makes 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque while the 2.7-liter turbo four will be available in two states of tune. The optional powertrain on Premium Luxury makes 309 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque while the CT4-V is powered by the most powerful version of the 2.7-liter unit making 325 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. All engines will be available in RWD and AWD configurations. Standard features will include dual-zone climate control, LED lighting and active noise cancelling stereo. Prices will start from $33,990 for the Luxury RWD and go up to $46,590 for the V-series AWD
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Cadillac CT5 and CT5-V

The CT5 Premium Luxury showcases Cadillac’s unique expertise i The CTS replacement, Cadillac revealed the CT5 in the first half of 2019 as well. The starting price remarkably lower than the starting price of the sedan it replaces. The CT5 prices start from $36,895 for the Luxury RWD trim and go up to $47,695 for the V-Series. Just like the CT-4 the CT-5 too gets two engines and three states of tune. Ironically though it shares the 2.0-litre engine with the CT-4. The output too is identical. The other engine is the 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that is available Premium luxury onwards as an option and standard in the Sport. It makes 335 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque in the V-series, the same engine makes 360 hp and 405 lb-ft.
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Kia Optima

The upcoming Kia Optima is a looker to say the least and the Korean company seems to be on a roll. The Optima is based on the K5 platform. Though the details are yet elusive, it will likely be powered by the 2.5-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine and a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-pot unit. Dimensionally, it is substaintially larger than the car it will replace and with a sportback like styling will likely appeal to the younger crowd as well. It is set to go on sale by fall of 2020.
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What’s coming in Sedans?

2018 Genesis G80 Mercedes C-Class: The C-Class is due for a change and the internet is abuzz with spy images of the tristar compact sedan. It is expected to be revealed by the end of this year and will likely be offered with a slew of engine options. We however don’t know the details but we can expect the new C-Class to be bigger than its predecessor and offer turbocharged powertrain options along with hybrid powertrains as well.   Mercedes S-Class: The Mercedes flagship is due for an update as well and will likely debut the new model in 2021. Electrification will certainly be on the cards, expect an upgraded cabin and cutting edge technology as well.   Genesis G80: Another highly anticipated car of the future is the Genesis G80. The main reason for the hype is the fact that it will be underpinned by the same platform as the upcoming GV80 SUV. If the spy pictures are to be believed, it will feature split headlamps like its SUV sibling and will likely share the powertrain with the SUV as well.
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