Sedans are a little like the dad jeans of the automotive world. While perhaps not always the most stylish of choices, they can be comfortable, practical, and come in sizes ranging from small to full-size. There are tons of options in the sedan category, but these are the best sedans you can buy for 2020
Those who are interested in the best sedans from 2019 can refer to last year's list.
The 2020 Yaris offers a lot more than you might expect from a budget-priced car. Available in hatchback and sedan body styles, this accomplished subcompact boasts the kind of exceptional fuel economy that can save you money over the long haul. Its suspension is tuned to facilitate driver engagement, and while it isn't the quickest at the track, it feels capable in everyday driving. On a less positive note, this Toyota offers fewer driver-assistance features than some rivals. Still, it all adds up to a value proposition that's extremely compelling for shoppers who have their sights set on a small car that's economically priced.
Few cars manage to satisfy everyone, but the 2020 Civic proves one car can be affordable and functional as well as entertaining. In our opinion, the Honda achieves a near perfect blend of comfort and driver engagement. Its steering responds immediately to driver inputs, its ride is smooth yet sporty, making it a blast to drive. The main drawback is its divisive exterior styling. Those who can appreciate or look past that aspect will enjoy its excellent fuel economy, copious interior cubby space, and numerous standard driver assists. It's one of the best compact sedans you can buy.
The 2020 Civic Si must be experienced to be appreciated, because few alternatives offer this level of performance for the price. While this class of sport compacts is populated with various body styles, the Civic Si comes as either a coupe or a sedan. Both are boosted by an effortless 205-hp turbocharged four-cylinder that feeds the front wheels through a lovable manual transmission. Despite questionable design cues, its sublime ride and handling will enchant drivers of all skill sets. The Honda's wide range of standard infotainment features accompany all manner of driver-assistance technology.
With comprehensive refinement and sophisticated driving manners, the 2020 Mazda 3 is one of the nicest compact cars in its class. Available as a hatchback or sedan, the Mazda is a richer-feeling alternative to rivals such as the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla. In our testing, its responsive four-cylinder engine proved frugal on the highway, and both body styles maintain Mazda's commitment to driver engagement. While the 3 doesn't offer a high-performance model, it's always agile when the tarmac curves and comfy when the road gets rough. An excellent infotainment system and standard driver assists place the 2020 Mazda 3 among the best compacts out there.
While the beloved Volkswagen Golf GTI has long lorded over its sedan counterpart, the 2020 Jetta GLI proves it's an equally athletic and more practical alternative. Sure, the sportiest Jetta lacks the visual appeal and upscale interior of its five-door sibling, but it does boast a larger back seat and trunk. Its 228-hp turbo four-cylinder engine is just as hasty, and both its manual and automatic transmissions are similarly engaging. The compact VW sedan also earns its performance cred with a delightful chassis that provides sharp responses and refined qualities. While the GTI may be the first pick for purists, the Jetta GLI's increased practicality and lower price tag have the power to change opinions and the goods to make our 2020 10Best list.
We've named the Accord to our 10Best list a record number of times because it's perennially the most impressive family sedan on sale—and the 2020 model is no different. The Honda has three powertrain choices—including a hybrid—blend efficiency and power. Graceful handling is an Accord hallmark and its athletic chassis, lightly weighted steering, and balanced ride come standard across the lineup. Also standard: a suite of driver-assistance features including automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. The 2020 Accord is not only the best-driving family sedan, it's also one of the best-equipped choices in its class, making it an easy recommendation for today's car shoppers.
The Sonata is all new for 2020, and it's a perfect showcase for Hyundai's characteristic mix of attractive design and high-level features at an affordable price. The 2020 Sonata is not the best driver's car in a class with a few dynamic standouts, but Hyundai has baked in decent handling and plenty of torque (at least in its optional turbocharged 1.6-liter engine; a non-turbo 2.5-liter engine is standard and a hybrid powertrain is also an option). The interior is spacious and elegant, with just enough buttons on the dash to complement the functional, well-organized touchscreen infotainment system. If you want a car that hits luxury-brand benchmarks at an affordable price, the Sonata could be just the thing.
Call us suckers for a pretty face, but we think the 2020 Mazda 6 is one of the best-looking sedans you can buy today. The beauty goes beyond skin deep, though. The 6's interior is handsome, too, especially when outfitted with the upscale Signature trim. It's not just the 6's appearance inside and out that captures our admiration—hey, we're not that shallow—it's also because of the way the 6 drives. Both of its engine choices are peppy and frugal with fuel; in our real-world fuel-economy test, the base engine recorded 37 mpg while the turbo engine got 36. Good looks, great performance, and excellent fuel economy all add up to making the Mazda 6 one of the best mid-size sedans out there.
The 2020 Camry and its distinction for unsullied reliability allow it to be a strong contender in the fading family-sedan segment. Its three powertrain options cover a diversified range: there's a fuel-efficient four-cylinder, a potent V-6, and an eco-friendly hybrid. Though the Toyota has a compliant ride and proficient handling, it trails in performance behind the sportier and turbocharged rivals such as the acclaimed Honda Accord or the elegant Mazda 6. There’s also plentiful standard driver-assistance technology, including forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning. The Camry may be plagued by small imperfections, but even so, it is the best-executed Camry that Toyota has ever produced.
The iconic and perennially popular BMW 3-series remains one of the more dynamic luxury sedans available. The latest generation is the largest 3-series to date, and while some purists will complain it's not the pure sports sedan that it once was, it's still a thrill to drive with sharp handling, powerful and refined turbocharged engines, and a responsive automatic transmission. Although its exterior design is a bit conservative, the interior offers class-leading comfort, quality, and style.
The 2020 G70 is a luxury sports sedan coup d'état, cutting right at the heart of the segment with lively handling, smooth powertrains, and a classy interior. Rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz C-class and the BMW 3-series are either not as fun to drive or not as richly appointed and still cost more. We're big fans of the G70 and its underdog status only makes its achievements more impressive. Do we wish the rear seat were more spacious? Yes. Do we wish the infotainment didn't come straight out of a Hyundai? Of course. But overall, the G70 is a stellar package that belongs at or near the top of your shopping list.
Beneath the 2020 Giulia's seductive sheetmetal lies a sharp-handling sports sedan with Italian heritage. The Giulia is one of our favorite entry-luxury sedans and its driving character is the number one reason. The cabin is upscale and well appointed, particularly in the upscale Ti Lusso and Ti Sport models; touchscreen infotainment, ambient interior lighting, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, and a steering-wheel-mounted ignition button are all standard. Want an even more hot-blooded Italian sports sedan? Check out the Giulia's high-performance Quadrifoglio variant, which we review separately.
Gateway models sometime fall well short of their more expensive counterparts in a luxury automaker's lineup, but that isn't the case with the 2020 C-class. This relatively affordable Benz bears pleasing similarities to the storied S-class, and it delivers this goodness at a reasonable price. Its cabin is chic and opulent, and its handling is crisp and engaging. Sedan, coupe, and convertible body styles are offered. The C300 is no slouch in the fun department, but those seeking a little extra kick will want to investigate the AMG variants, which step things up significantly when it comes to performance. We review those models, the C43 and C63, separately.
It's getting harder to find a car in the compact-luxury class with ridiculous levels of performance. So we should all be happy for the existence of the 2020 C63, the hot-rod version of the Mercedes-Benz C-class. It's available as a sedan, coupe, or convertible, and every one of them comes with a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine hand-built by engineers in Affalterbach, Germany. The regular C63 makes 469 horsepower, while the C63 S is tuned to make 503 hp. Either way, this car gathers speed in gobs and promises to bring excitement to your humdrum commute. We could do without the harsh ride, but the C63 is so much fun you might not care.
As a mid-way point between the sedan Benz-branded C300 and the raucous AMG-branded C63, the 2020 C43 hits the sweet spot, nicely blending civility and athleticism. Three different body styles are offered—a sedan, coupe, and convertible—one to suit everyone's taste. All C43s are powered by the same twin-turbo V-6 engine, which makes 385 horsepower and provides plentiful power for all but the most discerning car enthusiast. Inside, the cabin is richly equipped and does its best impression of the larger E- and S-class sedans, but its smaller scale means less passenger and cargo space.
The 2020 Giulia Quadrifoglio takes the already delicious dish that is the Giulia sports sedan and adds a liberal helping of Italian seasoning to boost its profile and its performance. With a 505-hp twin-turbo V-6 under the hood, the Giulia Quadrifoglio has the muscle to keep pace with the Audi RS5 Sportback, the BMW M3, and the Mercedes-AMG C63. Handling is razor sharp, too, which makes the Quadrifoglio a joy to pilot on twisty roads and racetracks; these modern Alfas serve as our benchmark for steering feel. Unfortunately, this Italian stallion's reputation for poor reliability came true during our 40,000-mile test of a 2018 model. Even so, it barely tempers our excitement for driving such a focused sports sedan.
The 2020 E-class is a discount version of the Mercedes-Benz S-class—and that's a good thing. It delivers the same level of polish and panache as Benz's flagship sedan, with exceptional interior materials, a quiet cockpit, and a composed ride. The E-class is one of our favorites among the mid-size luxury-sedan set that includes the BMW 5-series and the Audi A6. Its available twin-turbo V-6 doles out smooth, assertive thrust that's routed through a nine-speed automatic transmission that deftly changes gears. Those seeking faster thrills, will want to check out the 429-hp Mercedes-AMG E53 and the bonkers 603-hp Mercedes-AMG E63 S.
The 2020 E53 is a successful exercise in multiple personalities. All three body styles—sedan, coupe, and convertible—share a velvety turbocharged inline-six with electric assist. Behind the engine sits a luxurious cabin anointed with premium materials and myriad options such as massaging seats and semi-autonomous driving ability. All of this rides on a standard air suspension that adjusts for supreme comfort or firm handling depending on the driving situation. Few cars on the market can impress in as many ways as the E53—if you have the means, we highly recommend picking one up.
Don't call it a comeback. The BMW M5 has been here for years. However, the latest generation is rocking its peers and putting fear in the hearts of other sports sedans. Uncorking 600-plus horsepower from its twin-turbo V-8, the 2020 M5 accelerates with unbridled ferocity. Its standard all-wheel-drive system can even send all that power to the rear wheels for drivers who like to hang out the tail. Indeed, BMW has reinvented an icon that had become almost unrecognizable. While the M5 is still a big luxury sedan loaded with high-tech gadgetry, it now has a maniacal side that lately has been missing from the company's storied M division.
Like its stablemates the Telluride, Stinger, and K900, the 2020 Cadenza is a signal of Kia's successful march toward luxury-oriented products. For those in the know, the Cadenza is a worthy offering in a shrinking segment. A refined V-6 engine provides ample power for the Cadenza's relaxed driving dynamics, and we saw highway fuel economy pegged at 31 mpg in our testing. The Cadenza offers solid value in the technology department, too, with a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a standard suite of driver-assistance features. Who cares that it doesn't have an Acura or Lexus badge?
Elon Musk might say some crazy stuff, but he's right about at least one thing: Tesla's electric vehicles have changed the world. When the Model S launched in 2012, it was the first long-range, widely desired electric vehicle, and mainstream automakers have been struggling to catch up ever since. The 2020 Model S is still impressive—it now has an EPA-estimated 373 miles of range in its Long Range variant—but for all its focus on autonomous technology, over-the-air updates, and Easter eggs, Tesla's interiors and build quality can sometimes fall short of expectations. Better-established luxury automakers are finally getting in on the EV game—Porsche's Taycan is aimed directly at the Model S, for example—and Tesla will need all its Silicon Valley pivot-power to stay ahead of the pack.
The 2020 S-class has long been a shining example of what luxury should be, largely due to its sumptuous looks and impressive performance. Whether you choose the spacious sedan, dignified coupe, or lavish convertible, these top-shelf Benzes are chock full with the latest technology and the finest of materials. The S-class has it all: an interior that could please a sultan, performance to please a hot shoe, and a road presence that is unmistakably majestic. It may be expensive, but if you're shopping in this segment, you'll be happy to know that you're getting every last bit of your money's worth. An all-new S-class will debut for the 2021 model year.
In many ways, the S-class represents the best of the best if you're in the market for a large luxury car; the 2020 S63 and S65 are this model's high-performance variants. They pack more horsepower than other S-class models and come with upgrades such as beefier brakes and an adaptive sport suspension. The S63 is available as a sedan, convertible, and coupe, but the S65 is offered solely as a sedan. With their palatial cabins and endless selection of tech and convenience amenities, the S63 and S65 deliver breathtaking luxury. They also provide performance that blends silky refinement with thrilling athleticism. These cars cost more than rival models, but they're well worth the price of admission.