For decades, sedans were choice family vehicles for Americans. Then that role was largely passed over to crossover utility vehicles and minivans
And that's left sedans with more latitude in terms of design and styling. And it's definitely brought a new generation of sedans that are more interesting, with super-swoopy rooflines and sportier driving attributes—even for affordable, mass-market models.
In this bold new field of sedans, which one should you buy? The Car Connection has some help. Finding your way to the best new sedan can be as time-consuming as studying a few of those important factors and letting them lead you through the process.
Or you can take our shortcut. We've looked at the data, we've considered the ratings we apply to every new vehicle we review—and have come up with this buying guide, to help you quickly find the best sedan you should buy.
To qualify as one of our Best Sedan To Buy 2015, a vehicle must:
- score at least an 8.0 rating on The Car Connection's full review
- have a base price of less than $100,000—twice the amount we allow for our Best Car To Buy competition
- have no reported score lower than four stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Keep in mind, these sedans may finish with higher scores than our annual Best Car To Buy winner—because that vehicle is chosen from brand-new or significantly changed vehicles in a model year. These rankings pit all vehicles against each other, regardless of how many years they've been on the market, and they're open to every vehicle on sale during the current model year.
After vetting all the sedans offered for the 2015 model year, we've narrowed it down to the following set of vehicles, and given our insight in the bottom line from our original review. They're ranked in the order of scoring as of our latest update. Since our reviews are updated frequently for safety data, late model changes, or fuel-economy revisions, the order may change occasionally.
By those standards, these models stack up as the best sedans on the road today:
TCC Rating: 9.4
2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class (S500)Enlarge Photo
With the addition of a beautiful, expressive new Coupe, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is no longer just the best sedan in the world; it's now a family of flagship models.Read more »
TCC Rating: 9.2
2015 BMW 7-SeriesEnlarge Photo
The 2015 BMW 7-Series is exceptionally quick and technologically advanced, but also very luxurious and wonderfully comfortable. Read more »
TCC Rating: 9.0
2014 Ford Fusion EnergiEnlarge Photo
The 2015 Ford Fusion continues to offer an excellent blend of top-notch safety, solid fuel economy, and stunning good looks–all without compromising on interior space and comfort. Read more »
2015 Audi A8 LEnlarge Photo
The Audi A8 gains standard LED headlamps, a more powerful twin-turbo V-8, and a more efficient diesel engine for 2015. Read more »