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The Best Sedans Money Can Buy in 2020

Despite losing the popularity battle to crossovers, sedans are undoubtedly still integral part of the U.S. car market. Not counting the ever-present trio of full-size pickup trucks, the first sedan on the list of best-selling vehicles in the U.S. for 2017 is the Toyota Camry in the third spot. Once the best-selling car in the…

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Despite losing the popularity battle to crossovers, sedans are undoubtedly still integral part of the U.S. car market. Not counting the ever-present trio of full-size pickup trucks, the first sedan on the list of best-selling vehicles in the U.S. for 2017 is the Toyota Camry in the third spot. Once the best-selling car in the U.S. (again, not counting the big three pickups), the Camry is currently outsold by both the Nissan Rogue and the in-house RAV4 compact crossovers.

The Honda Civic and Accord follow behind, but they, too, are outsold by another crossover – the in-house CR-V. The trend of compact crossovers replacing the good old mid-size sedan as the most popular American choice will continue, but that doesn’t mean the sedans will simply lay down their arms. Most of them will simply get updated in order to remain competitive whereas some automakers will be bringing all-new 2020 sedans to battle the crossovers.

Without further ado, here are some of the most interesting sedans MY 2020 will bring to market, with emphasis on the fully redesigned or all-new models.

08. 2020 Hyundai Sonata

The mid-sized Sonata is the longest-surviving South Korean automaker’s car currently available in the U.S. In production since 1985, the Sonata has changed seven generations to date, with the latest (prior to 2020 models) debuting in 2015. The Hyundai Sonata has, however, been completely redesigned in 2020, in order to usher the intermediate into a new era.

The first of the eighth-generation models draws inspiration from the exquisite Hyundai Le Fil Rouge concept car presented at the 2018 Geneva show, but, as you can imagine, it isn’t nearly as eccentric. Instead, a much more subdued final product sports a toned-down short rear overhang and almost a fastback-style roofline. This promises for a more sporty Sonata in the future – at least in terms of overall design. And that’s definitely something the Korean automaker’s mid-size sedan has lacked up until the past few years.

The current Sonata’s engine lineup is sufficiently large to offer something for everyone. A base 2.5L naturally aspirated 4-cylinder, a 1.6L turbo four, and even a 2.0L naturally aspirated 4-cylinder as part of a plug-in hybrid powertrain offer everything from maximized fuel economy to a reasonable family car performance.

The base engine generates 191 horsepower, pairs with an 8-speed automatic gearbox, and returns up to 32 mpg combined. The optional turbocharged 4-cylinder is only good for 180 horsepower but improves upon its predecessor’s (2.0L turbo four) fuel efficiency. It also pairs with an automatic trans which means that people with a shift stick preference have ended up short-handed. Finally, the later-arriving hybrid will make 192 hp combined while offering way over 40 mpg combined. It’ll also sport a solar sunroof which will slowly charge the battery pack providing up to 808 free miles annually.

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata starts from $24,330 which is reasonable increase of $750 over the outgoing model, whereas the range-topping Limited models start from $34,230.

2020 Hyundai Sonata

07. 2020 Porsche Taycan

The Stuttgart-based automaker is already offering a sedan – the Panamera – which is one sedan more than what they’ve historically had to offer when it comes to this particular segment. As of MY 2020, however, the Porsche lineup is richer for another four-door sedan. Enter the 2020 Porsche Taycan EV which stems from the Mission E concept from 2015.

The German automaker’s first ever EV is, as expected, equally potent as any other mass-production Porsche, and equally capable around corners as well. Moreover, it sports the Stuttgart-based company’s hallmark styling which seems to be stuck in the sixties.

The 2020 Porsche Taycan is currently available with two different battery packs and three distinctive power outputs. Depending on a choice between an 79.2-kWh or a 93.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the Taycan delivers either 522 hp, 563 hp, or 616 hp. All this is possible thanks to dual permanent-magnet synchronous motors similar to units in the Le Mans-winning 919 LMP1 hybrid car.

The latest Porsche EV also supports ultra-fast charging since the Germans are heavily investing into 800-volt charger development. These new chargers are able to provide up to 250 miles of range in a mere 15 minutes, but don’t expect them to become a “thing” anytime soon.

The 2020 Porsche Taycan starts from $104,000 in its basic 4S form, whereas the most expensive inaugural Turbo S models start from $187,000. Needless to say, there are plenty of opportunities to push that price tag even higher as Porsche offers north of $100,000 worth of extras.

Porsche Taycan front 3/4 view

06. 2020 Audi S3

The subcompact A3 which is currently the cheapest way of owning an Audi in the U.S. is far from being an overly exciting choice as a daily driver. However, replace an A with a S, add another 100 horsepower or so to it, a few additional features, and $11,500 to its price tag, and watch it increase its overall rating among car enthusiasts.

The current-generation models have been in production since MY 2013 which makes them elders in compact car years. The 2020 Audi S3 sedan carries over mostly unchanged before 2021 models receive a much-needed overhaul that should help make them even more exciting.

From a design standpoint, the S3 ticks all the necessary boxes when it comes to both the latest Audi models and their performance-oriented S line. It’s sleek, stylish, and inconspicuous at the same time – just like any other Audi sedan out there.

The Audi S3 uses the same powertrain as the high-performance VW Golf R. At the moment, their 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder is producing 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque while being paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission in the Audi’s instance. The Golf R gets a 6-speed manual, but that’s hardly relevant since we can forget about the 2020 S3 getting one.

The next-generation Audi S3 could well be able to squeeze as much as 320 horsepower from the…

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