The Car Connection's Best Sedans To Buy 2015

March 5, 2015

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)

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class (S500)

2015 Mercedes-Benz S Class

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-Series

2015 BMW 7-Series

2015 BMW 7-Series

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 Energi

2014 Ford Fusion Energi

2015 Ford Fusion

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 L

2015 Audi A8 L

2015 Audi A8

The Audi A8 gains standard LED headlamps, a more powerful twin-turbo V-8, and a more efficient diesel engine for 2015. Read more »

TCC Rating: 8.8

2015 BMW M3

2015 BMW M3

2015 BMW M3

Minus the V-8 and almost a couple hundred pounds, the 2015 BMW M3 is the best performer yet to wear the vaunted badge. Read more »

2015 Cadillac ATS

2015 Cadillac ATS

2015 Cadillac ATS

The 2015 Cadillac ATS hits all the right marks in handling, performance, quality, comfort, and technology.Read more »

2015 Cadillac XTS Vsport

2015 Cadillac XTS Vsport

2015 Cadillac XTS

If you're looking for a car that offers comfort, technology, and safety as its greatest virtues, the 2015 Cadillac XTS does everything a big luxury sedan should. Read more »

2015 Infiniti Q70

2015 Infiniti Q70

2015 Infiniti Q70

With a new long-wheelbase model, the 2015 Infiniti Q70 sedan range isn't just fast, fun to drive, and ahead of the tech curve--it's a real alternative to the German elbow-throwers. Read more »

2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R

2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R

2015 Subaru Legacy

The 2015 Subaru Legacy smooths over its ruffles, and out-domestics some American family sedans with a big back seat, excellent gas mileage and standard all-wheel drive.Read more »

2015 Tesla Model S

2015 Tesla Model S

2015 Tesla Model S

The 2015 Tesla Model S has no direct competiton; the electric luxury hatchback is the benchmark among its kind in a market with more than 20 plug-in models. It's likely the most advanced car on the planet.Read more »

TCC Rating: 8.6

2015 Audi S3

2015 Audi S3

2015 Audi S3

The 2015 Audi S3 sticks its U.S. landing with terrific turbo pull and in-car LTE. Read more »

2015 Cadillac CTS

2015 Cadillac CTS

2015 Cadillac CTS

The 2015 Cadillac CTS sedan is a stunner–especially in V-Sport guise–and it looks great, too.Read more »

2015 Honda Accord Hybrid

2015 Honda Accord Hybrid

2015 Honda Accord

The 2015 Honda Accord is sensible, smart, and frugal, in nearly every way; but it's also surprisingly fun to drive. Read more »

2015 Jaguar XJ

2015 Jaguar XJ

2015 Jaguar XJ

The 2015 Jaguar XJR is an interesting alternative to the usual German large sedans, mixing old world charm with fantastic handling and powertrains. Read more »

2015 Lexus LS 460 F Sport

2015 Lexus LS 460 F Sport

2015 Lexus LS 460

You can add a welcome dose of fun to the LS chassis with the F-Sport trim, but Lexus' flagship remains a big, comfortable sedan at its core.Read more »

2015 Mazda Mazda3

2015 Mazda Mazda3

2015 Mazda MAZDA3

The 2015 Mazda 3 is one of the best-driving small cars, with efficient engines and smooth transmissions that help give it a more premium feel than its price would suggest.Read more »

2015 Volvo S60 Polestar

2015 Volvo S60 Polestar

2015 Volvo S60

The 2015 Volvo S60 remains a striking shape with unbeatable safety ratings and equipment, and offers a range of models from quiet and comfortable to flamboyant and edgy.Read more »

TCC Rating: 8.4

2015 Audi A6

2015 Audi A6

2016 Audi A6

The 2016 Audi A6 builds on an already impressive set of features, abilities, and styling to yield a safe, fun, high-tech luxury sedan.Read more »4

2015 BMW 3-Series

2015 BMW 3-Series

2015 BMW 3-Series

The 2015 BMW 3-Series lineup is a sport sedan at heart, but with Sports Wagon and Gran Turismo (hatchback) models, it's a lot more than that. Read more »

2015 Chrysler 200

2015 Chrysler 200

2015 Chrysler 200

The 2015 Chrysler 200 can fetch a premium for its style and its horsepower--but rear-seat room and handling are better bargains elsewhere. Read more »

2015 Hyundai Elantra

2015 Hyundai Elantra

2015 Hyundai Elantra

Snappy sheetmetal and smart packaging puts the 2015 Hyundai Elantra on most must-drive lists, though it's not as engaging to drive as some compact sedans.Read more »

2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T

2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T

2015 Hyundai Sonata

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata blends in better than ever in the top tier of family sedans. Read more »

2015 Infiniti Q50

2015 Infiniti Q50

2015 Infiniti Q50

With a hot new look, a Hybrid, some world-first technology, and much-improved cabin refinement--combined with a sharp, eager driving character--the Infiniti Q50 seeks new sport-sedan believers.Read more »

2015 Kia Optima

2015 Kia Optima

2015 Kia Optima

The 2015 Kia Optima meets all your needs in a sensible four-door sedan, but exceeds expectations for more flair and features. Read more »

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class looks better than ever, offers upgraded tech and safety, and continues to post impressive performance. Read more »

2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E550 4MATIC)

2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E550 4MATIC)

2015 Mercedes-Benz E Class

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class lineup is many vehicles in one, with comfort and luxury across the board and sporty manners for those who want them. Read more »

Maserati Ghibli

Maserati Ghibli

2015 Maserati Ghibli

The Maserati Ghibli brings Quattroporte-like style and elegance to a smaller, more affordable segment. Read more »

2015 Nissan Altima

2015 Nissan Altima

2015 Nissan Altima

If you don't mind a CVT, the 2015 Nissan Altima is a solid choice that checks off all the boxes.Read more »

TCC Rating: 8.2

2015 BMW 5-Series

2015 BMW 5-Series

2015 BMW 5-Series

Whether it's more of a classic sport sedan or a technology-packed tourer you seek, the 2015 BMW 5-Series fills both roles admirably.Read more »

2015 Buick Regal

2015 Buick Regal

2015 Buick Regal

The Regal GS is the best driver's car in the Buick lineup, and it makes for an interesting alternative for cars like the Volvo S60. Read more »

2015 Chrysler 300 unveiled at 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

2015 Chrysler 300 unveiled at 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

2015 Chrysler 300

The 2015 Chrysler 300 adds more style, features, and efficiency to an already confident, capable large family sedan. Read more »

2015 Hyundai Equus

2015 Hyundai Equus

2015 Hyundai Equus

The 2015 Hyundai Equus is a well-priced limousine, while the German competition still has it beat for those who want to pilot their own barge.Read more »

2015 Jaguar XF

2015 Jaguar XF

2015 Jaguar XF

The 2015 Jaguar XF covers a broad range of needs, from the efficient 2.0-liter turbo model, to the over-the-top XFR-S performance sedan.Read more »

2016 Lexus GS F

2016 Lexus GS F

2015 Lexus GS 350

The 2015 Lexus GS family offers a classic, conservative sport-sedan profile -- and enough performance to please most -- but overlays it with as much luxury and technology as you please. Read more »

2015 Toyota Avalon Limited

2015 Toyota Avalon Limited

2015 Toyota Avalon

The 2015 Toyota Avalon is no longer just for retirees, although they'll appreciate the attractive design, available fuel-sipping Hybrid, and rejuvenated driving dynamics as much as anyone. Read more »

2015 Hyundai Azera

2015 Hyundai Azera

2015 Hyundai Azera

The 2015 Azera is the big, stylish, luxurious Hyundai for folks who don't want the Genesis's bulk or price tag.Read more »

2015 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

2015 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

2015 Lincoln MKZ

The 2015 MKZ has great potential as a contemporary sports sedan--it's the Lincoln heritage that's missing.Read more »

2015 Mazda Mazda6

2015 Mazda Mazda6

2015 Mazda MAZDA6

The stunning exterior of the 2015 Mazda 6 isn't leading you on; with an athletic driving experience and a lot of sophistication for the money, this a charming sedan with a surprisingly frugal side. Read more »

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA

The 2015 CLA is a small Mercedes done right, with enough of the brand's style and refinement mixed with a dash of youthfulness.Read more »

2015 Subaru WRX

2015 Subaru WRX

2015 Subaru WRX

The 2015 Subaru WRX is no quicker than before, but beautifully balanced handling and spot-on steering are better than ever. Read more »

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