While this might make it seem like the sedans are on their way out, it’s actually not the case. Even though some automakers are focusing on SUVs, others are coming out with more versatile and high-performing sedans that are more practical than ever. Plus, you can often get sedans at a better value than other options, according to
Even as the popularity of SUVs grows, passenger cars still hold 25% of the industry. Last year, more than 2 million sedans were sold in the U.S.
The evolving sedan market
One reason some consumers are attracted to SUVs is because they are bigger and tend to offer more space.
But today, sedans are available in robust and sporty options with 250 to 300 horsepower engines. Base models tend to sell well because they are reliable, as well as affordable. There are also electric options, as well as efficient hybrids.
Sedans have also gotten more spacious, with space to stretch out, and trunks that can fit more.
Whatever your car or driving preference might be, there’s usually a sedan that fits.
Luxury sedans are a great option for a more refined ride
Carmakers aren’t discontinuing sedans because there’s no market for them. The truth is, the competition is tough in the sedan market.
But competition can usually result in excellence. It’s true that Toyota and Honda dominate the compact and midsize segments, and the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic have done well for the last few years because they are affordable and reliable.
But Hyundai is not far behind them. Its Genesis G80 sedan, which is part of Hyundai’s luxury arm, has 2.5-liter four-cylinder and twin-turbo 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine options. It was also one of the
three finalists for North American Car of the Yearlast year, losing out to its corporate relation, the Hyundai Elantra.
In fact, the G80 starts at $47,700, which is around $7,000 less than the Mercedes E-Class or the Audi A6. But the G80 has 50% more horsepower than those cars and other attractive standard features, according to
Electric sedans are a green choice
Four-door sedans are also at the forefront of the electric car industry. There’s Tesla’s Model 3 and Model S, which are setting the tone for the electric car market. Porsche even has a new electric sports car, the Taycan, while Mercedes has introduced the EQS.
Then there’s the Lucid Aid Dream Edition—a 1,000-plus horsepower, 500-plus mile range, electric sedan.
As times change and the auto industry moves to producing more electric cars than ever before, sedans are leading the way in luxury electric options.
Other pros of sedans
Finally, sedans have always been known for their
fuel efficiency, and this is a benefit they tend to have over trucks and SUVs.
Sedans are also equipped with advanced
safety features, since they are most commonly used to transport families and groups.
Yet another reason that some consumers prefer sedans is their drivability—they aren’t as top heavy as SUVs.
If you are in the market for a new car and are trying to choose between a sedan or SUV, the good news is that the sporty, luxury sedans available today can compete with many SUVs on the market.
The best thing to do is go to a dealer, test drive an SUV and a sedan, and see what your personal preferences are.