The Best Sedans for 2021

Most manufacturers, both foreign and domestic, rely on a sedan as one of their best-selling models. These four-door vehicles typically have comfortable seats, luxurious features, and large trunks, making them both practical for everyday use and excellent for long road trips.

The best sedans have something for everyone. Some come with four-wheel drive, while others come with luxury equipment or eco-friendly hybrid engines. Buying a new sedan is easy with our list of top picks. The Honda Accord makes it to the top because of its quality and styling upgrade.

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Product Category Notation
Honda Accord The best 4.5 out of 5
Tesla Model 3 The best electric sedan 5 out of 5
Toyota Camry The best hybrid sedan Not yet rated
Honda Civic The best affordable sedan Not yet rated
Volvo S90 The best luxury sedan 4 out of 5
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio The best performance sedan Not yet rated
Subaru Impreza The best all-wheel drive sedan 3.5 out of 5

Best: Honda Accord

Why you should buy this: This is the ultimate midsize sedan.

Who is it for: Anyone who needs a car.

How much it will cost: $24,020

Why we chose the Honda Accord:

Along with its rival, the Toyota Camry, the Honda Accord has long been the default choice for many car buyers in the United States. The Accord name is so associated with quality and reliability that Honda could probably sell it even if the seats were covered in spikes. But the current-generation Accord definitely deserves its reputation.

The latest redesign added some spice to the Accord, which is known for being both incredibly competent and a little dull. The current model borrows styling cues from the smaller Honda Civic, giving it a sleeker appearance that won’t offend buyers who simply want to blend into traffic. Honda has also increased rear legroom and trunk space.

Drivers will find plenty to like, too. The Accord is one of the few midsize sedans still available with a manual transmission, and you can pair that six-speed stick with the Civic Type R’s turbocharged 2.0-liter engine (base models get a turbo-four of 1.5 liters). You don’t get as much power (just 252 horsepower, compared to 306 horsepower in the Type R), but the Accord can certainly get out of its own way and corner with admirable poise.

The Accord also represents good technology value. Every Accord trim level includes the Honda Sensing suite of safety features, which bundles forward collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and recognition road signs. A 7.0-inch touchscreen is standard; an 8.0-inch unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is optional.

The best electric sedan: Tesla Model 3

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Why you should buy this: It’s the best electric sedan and one of the best sedans on the market

Who is it for: Those who never want to stop at a gas station again.

How much it will cost: $39,990

Why we chose the Tesla Model 3:

Tesla enviably launched the Model 3 in a class of one, and it is still the only electric model in its class. The advance allowed Tesla to deliver a luxury sedan with an advanced powertrain that delivers up to 322 miles of range and a 3.2-second sprint from zero to 60 mph when properly configured. The entry-level rear-wheel-drive model that matches the car’s $40,000 price tag gets a 250-mile range and takes 5.3 seconds to reach 60.

The Model 3’s interior is an exercise in minimalist design. The giant, television-like screen mounted on the dashboard replaces almost all the stalks and buttons normally found in a car. It’s a layout that takes some getting used to, but thousands of Model 3 owners say they love it. The infotainment system is compatible with all the cool tech features you’d expect to find in a Tesla, such as Netflix streaming and in-car gaming, but you’ll have to pay a monthly fee to unlock some of them. It goes without saying that autopilot is available.

The rivals are on the way, but until they land and prove what they’re made of Tesla Model 3 reigns supreme.

The best hybrid sedan: Toyota Camry

Why you should buy this: It offers Prius-like gas mileage in a sedan package

Who is it for: Those who want a Toyota hybrid that isn’t a Prius

How much it will cost: $28,430

Why we chose the Toyota Camry Hybrid:

The hybrid version of the Toyota Camry takes advantage of technology from the Prius to achieve 51 mpg in the city, 53 mpg on the highway and 52 mpg on the combined cycle. These numbers make it one of the best performing sedans on the market. The Camry achieves this through a 208-horsepower drivetrain consisting of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor that draws power from a lithium-ion battery. It seats five and offers 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which is on par with the non-hybrid version.

Above all, it’s a Toyota, so it will be reliable for miles. Camry is hardly synonymous with fun; in the past it was a byword for a boring commuter, but the current generation model is more attractive than its predecessors thanks to a better-tuned chassis and more evocative design.

In the past, we’ve criticized the Camry (and other Toyota models) for their almost complete lack of useful connectivity features. This is no longer the case; Even the base model comes with a 7.0-inch touchscreen compatible with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa. Higher-end versions get an 8.0-inch screen and navigation is optional.

The Best Affordable Sedan: The Honda Civic

Why you should buy this: The Civic proves that value isn’t a dirty word.

Who it’s for: Commuters who want the most car bang for their buck.

How much it will cost: $20,650

Why we chose the Honda Civic:

Honda is back in a big way these days, but its best car might also be one of its cheapest. Honda’s all-new Civic is not only striking to look at, it’s also a return to fun-to-drive form for the Japanese automaker. With punchy turbocharged engines, nimble handling, and a smooth-shifting six-speed manual transmission, car buyers looking for personality shouldn’t feel like they have to break their bank accounts.

The sedan, coupe and hatchback all bring the drama with aggressive exterior styling that, for its target audience, is best described as “Instagram-worthy.” Honda was in desperate need of a redesign after years of plain Jane Civics, and whether it was the large air intakes on the front fascia, the sleek LED headlights, or the wonderfully contoured door panels, the 10th generation Civic has the attitude his predecessors lacked.

Inside, the new Honda Civic can be equipped with the latest and greatest safety and infotainment features to transform a compact commuter into a true entry-level luxury car. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic brake assist, haptic feedback controls… the list goes on. To top it all off, no matter which engine you choose, you’ll get best-in-class fuel economy figures. Sometimes you get what you pay for, but in this case you get more.

The best luxury sedan: the Volvo S90

Why you should buy this: Nobody does luxury like the Swedes.

Who it’s for: Drivers who want elegance, not pomp.

How much it will cost: $50,550

Why we chose the Volvo S90:

Few sedans do luxury as well as Volvo S90 . The Swede doesn’t overwhelm its driver and passengers with an array of tech gadgets, but instead tries to create a soothing, premium experience. The interior features some of the highest quality materials you’ll find this side of a Rolls-Royce, including wood that’s not only real, but looks just like it. The portrait-oriented touchscreen is easy to use and everything feels solid and well thought out.

The S90 driving experience is best described as serene. The S90 isn’t a sports sedan, but its smooth ride makes it one of the best traditional luxury sedans on the market. It’s also pretty efficient for a big four-door, thanks to an engine lineup made up entirely of 2.0-liter four-cylinder mills, as well as a plug-in hybrid option.

Ultimately, the Volvo S90 illustrates the transformation Volvo has undergone in recent years. It’s beautiful, understated, refined, safe and intuitive, and while it’s not the sportiest option on the road, it stands out in one of the most competitive segments in the industry.

The best performing sedan: the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Why you should buy this: The Giulia Quadrifoglio will raise your pulse like no other four-door can.

Who is it for People who want drama, style and power.

How much it will cost: $74,245

Why we chose the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio:

Alfa Romeo is essentially coming back from oblivion, and to do so, its first mainstream model in the United States in decades had to be epic. With the Giulia – particularly the high-performance Quadrifoglio model – Alfa has completely succeeded.

Building a rear-wheel drive sedan with an emphasis on sporty driving dynamics is a great way to start. Dressing it in a magnificent body in the purest Italian tradition is an even greater idea. But Alfa went even further, bringing a nuclear weapon to a shootout in the form of a 505-horsepower, 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 developed with participation from Ferrari. The Quadrifoglio’s engine completely outclasses its German and American rivals in terms of power, and the Ferrari connection adds even more freshness. The Giulia Quadrifoglio is a sedan that thinks it’s a sports car.

Best All-Wheel Drive Sedan: Subaru Impreza

Why you should buy this: This is a good sedan that will get you through the winter.

Who is it for: Rally fans on a budget.

How much it will cost: $18,695

Why we chose the Subaru Impreza:

Many buyers turn to crossovers because of their available all-wheel drive, but the Subaru Impreza has that covered. Although all-wheel drive is a Subaru signature, the Impreza has a lot to recommend it beyond its ability to handle snowy roads.

Other compact cars (like the Honda Civic) offer sharper handling, but the Impreza is no slouch around corners. Thanks to its new Subaru Global Platform underpinnings, it compares well to the competition on refinement. The only engine available is a 2.0-liter flat-four, which produces 152 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. Base models have a five-speed manual transmission, while other trim levels have a continuously variable transmission (CVT) in the name of fuel efficiency.

The standard 6.5-inch touchscreen is conveniently placed within easy reach of the driver’s seat for quick and easy taps or swipes so you don’t get distracted. Additionally, Subaru offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as standard.

One of the best parts of the Impreza is its abundance of additional features, which make traveling more convenient and comfortable. Subaru is known for its EyeSight package, which provides driver support such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings and emergency braking. Subaru’s all-wheel drive complements its reliability and safety features. Overall, the Impreza is a fantastic package for the price.

Our full review of the Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport

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Our road tests include real road driving on highways and secondary roads to test speed, safety and handling. Where appropriate, our test drivers will also explore off-road or on-track environments.

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