Although sedans are under assault from a battalion of SUVs and hatchbacks, they are still a popular choice among American motorists — and for good reason. They are practical, economical, and offer excellent performances.
Perhaps their loudest selling points are stability and safety. Their low ride heights provide for low centers of gravity thus enhancing their ability to swerve in corners and to change direction.
Sedans also offer a better connection with the road than their competitors — yes, even off-roaders.
Expectedly, several sedans stand out from the rest. This article reviews three of the best sedan models from the most popular segments namely; compact, midsize, and full-size.
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Mercedes-Benz C-Class was 2016’s top sedan to many experts and we are glad to see that it has managed to retain its title. It is well-crafted and as powerful as a compact sedan can be. The C-Class employs renowned German Innovativeness and engineering to provide excellent luxury features and a best-in-class performance.
With an MSRP range of between $43,575 and $54,685, it is averagely priced as compared to its competitors.
The C-Class has a curb weight of 3632 pounds and provides 11 cu ft of cargo space and 86 cu ft of passenger space.
Standard safety features include stability and traction control, antilock brakes, a driver knee airbag, front and rear side curtain airbags, a drowsy driver monitor and warning, and frontal collision warnings and mitigation.
Among the optional features are a rearview and surround-view camera system, adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, a blind-spot monitor, a lane-keep assist system, and automatic braking.
Under the latest C300’s hood sits a powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 241 hp and 273 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated standard to a seven-speed automatic transmission, with an optional AWD 4Matic, and sends power to the rear wheels. EPA estimates place the C300 at 26 mpg combined for the RWD version and 25 mpg combined for the 4Matic.
The AMG C43 Cabriolet is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 363 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque.
The top-in-line AMG C63 receives a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that spits out a whopping 469 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. The C63 S variation employs the same engine to crank out 503 galloping horses and 516 lb-ft. Both C63 models are equipped with a multi-clutch seven-speed auto transmission.
The C300 makes a dash to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds while the AMG C43 does the same in just 4.7 seconds. Estimates put the C63 and C63 S at 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and 4.0 seconds respectively.
Pros of the C-Class
- A classy cabin.
- A shapely body.
- Very comfortable seats
- Advanced safety features.
- Nimble and highly maneuverable.
Cons of the C-Class
- A stiff standard sports suspension.
- An ornamental back seat.
2017 Cadillac CTS Sedan
The Cadillac CTS Sedan puts most of its foreign competitors to shame. Integrating engineering cues borrowed from European automotive technology with a relentless American spirit, the CTS is a remarkable machine.
Like most Cadillac products, the CTS is priced to please. A brand new 2017 model is available at a cost ranging from $48,555 to $66,230, which is similar to that of most luxury compact sedans.
The Cadillac CTS weighs in at 3916 lbs and provides a 14 cu ft cargo capacity and a 97 cu ft passenger room.
Standard safety highlights comprise stability and traction control, antilock brakes, a rearview camera, active front head restraints, and front, rear, side, and full-length side curtain airbags.
The Cadillac CTS was awarded five stars in government crash tests for overall protection, total frontal-impact safety, and total side-impact safety. The IIHS awarded the CTS a rating of “Superior” for frontal crash prevention.
All CTS trims employ a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that is responsible for 268 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It is supplemented by an eight-speed automatic transmission that feeds the rear wheels. AWD is availed as an upgrade.
Next in line is a 3.6-liter V6 that is good for 335 horsepower and 285 lb-ft of torque. Models with this engine come with transmission and drivetrain similar to those of the base models.
Topping the class is the V-Sport that carries a turbocharged V6 engine that squeezes out 420 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. Its engine is also paired to an eight-speed automatic and only powers the rear wheels. It accelerates from zero to 60 mph in about 4.9 seconds.
The base engine returns 25 miles on the gallon combined in RWD configuration and a mile less combined in AWD.
The regular V6 is ranked at 24 mpg combined in RWD and 22 mpg combined in AWD. The V-Sport’s turbo V6 gives 18 mpg combined.
Pros of the Cadillac CTS
- It offers an outstanding exterior styling.
- It features superb vehicle dynamics.
- It promises precise handling across all trim levels.
- It boasts of solid crash test scores.
- It has an attractive interior.
Cons of the Cadillac CTS
- A more compact interior than some of its competitors.
- An overtaxed base engine.
2017 Audi A8
As both the flagship of the Audi lineup and a revered performance leader, the opulent 2017 Audi A8 is almost unbeatable in the full-size sedan segment. Although not as boldly designed as some of its competitors, such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the Audi A8 is impressively sophisticated and refreshingly simple.
Of course, the Audi A8’s $91,425 to $96,175 price range may pose a problem for most motorists but those who can afford it attest to its generous bang for the buck.
It weighs about 4672 pounds and provides 14 cu ft of cargo space and 109 cu ft of passenger space.
Standard on all 2017 Audi A8s is stability and traction control, antilock brakes, front and rear side airbags, front knee airbags, and a rear-view camera. It is also equipped with Audi’s Pre Sense System that closes the sunroof and windows and pretensions seatbelts on detection of heavy braking.
Models fitted with adaptive cruise control come with Pre Sense Plus System that warns the driver of imminent frontal collisions and, at times, initiates braking.
The Pre Sense Rear option warns of imminent rear collisions then pretensions seatbelts, adjusts seats, and closes windows.
Additional available features include a night vision system, a lane keeping assist system, a top and side camera system, and a blind-spot monitoring system.
A8 models with summer tires come to a stop from 60 mph in approximately 110 feet while A8 4.0Ts with all-season tires do so in 114 feet.
The base 2017 A8 3.0T comes with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that returns 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. It makes it from zero to 60 mph in about 5.3 seconds, which is very impressive for its size.
2017 Audi A8 4.0T Sport is motivated by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that effortlessly releases 450 horses and 444 pound-feet of torque. It dashes to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and runs the quarter-mile in a blistering 12.4 seconds.
All A8 models are fitted standard with AWD and enjoy a responsive eight-speed automatic transmission.
Pros of the Audi A8
- It offers potent power and an exuberating performance.
- It provides a comfortable and composed ride.
- It handles well for its size.
Cons of the Audi A8
- It looks too much like its lesser siblings.
- It does not have USB ports.
- It cannot match the S-Class’ interior.