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To help you on your search, we've compiled this updated list of the 20 best sedans for 2020 shoppers, based on customer reviews, select vehicle specs, and RepairPal reliability ratings.1

  1. Toyota Prius V
  2. Chevrolet Sonic
  3. Toyota Prius
  4. Kia Cadenza
  5. Mitsubishi Mirage
  6. Acura TLX
  7. Volkswagen Golf
  8. Toyota Prius C
  9. Kia Rio
  10. Honda Fit
  11. Hyundai Elantra
  12. Kia Forte5
  13. Toyota Corolla
  14. Kia Forte
  15. Honda Civic
  16. Toyota Yaris
  17. Hyundai Accent
  18. Honda Accord
  19. Kia Soul
  20. Subaru Crosstrek


Toyota Prius V

Best Sedans: Toyota Prius-V | CarMax

The Toyota Prius V is a hatchback with plenty of personality and drivability. Discontinued after model year 2017, this four-door offers seating for five and tons of room in the back seat for your passengers. The V in the model name stands for versatility, and a 60/40 split rear seat (which both slides and reclines) adds to the appeal.

Standard features in the base Two model of the 2017 Toyota Prius V include:

  • Rearview camera
  • 6.1-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Six-speaker sound system

The 2017 Toyota Prius V is a hybrid, using an electric motor along with a gasoline engine. Together, the drivetrain creates a net power of 134 hp.


Chevrolet Sonic

Best Sedans: Chevrolet Sonic | CarMax

The 2017-2019 Chevrolet Sonic is available in 10 colors, including a bright Orange Burst Metallic, glossy Silver Ice Metallic, and vibrant Red Hot. This sedan even offers two glove boxes to store your sunglasses, tire pressure gauge, and more.

For 2017-2019 Chevrolet Sonics, these features are standard:

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ functionality
  • Seven-inch touchscreen
  • Hill-start assist
  • Rear-vision camera

Plenty of power propels the Sonic: A turbocharged 1.4L engine is standard on all 2019 models and optional for 2017 and 2018.


Toyota Prius

Best Sedans: Toyota Prius | CarMax

The Toyota Prius seats five and boasts a host of innovative features. If you like a sedan with distinctive styling and future-forward design, the Prius is a great choice. For model year 2018, the Prius added an optional 11.6-inch touchscreen; in 2019, a styling refresh included an AWD option. With an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 52 mpg combined, the Prius can provide a quiet ride and more time between gas station stops.2

2017-2019 Toyota Prius standard equipment includes:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Rearview camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Three USB ports

All 2017-2019 Prius models come with a 1.8L four-cylinder engine with Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive®.


Kia Cadenza

Best Sedans: Kia Cadenza | CarMax

Elegant and quiet, the 2017-2019 Kia Cadenza is an outstanding choice. Even the base level—which is called Premium—showcases the sedan's sophistication and top-notch amenities. This vehicle can take you around town or across the country in style.

Look for these standard features on 2017-2019 Kia Cadenzas:

  • Hands-free trunk opening
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • Two USB ports
  • Eight-speaker audio system

All trim levels of the 2017-2019 Kia Cadenza are powered by a 3.3L V6 engine with an eight-speed transmission.


Mitsubishi Mirage

Best Sedans: Mitsubishi Mirage | CarMax

All trims of the 2017-2019 Mitsubishi Mirage boast a wide range of available features. This capable sedan includes seating for up to five passengers and room for 17.2 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seats. With that kind of space, you can fit your business materials, groceries, and sports equipment without a worry.

On 2017-2019 Mitsubishi Mirage models, these features are standard:

  • Front-wheel drive
  • Four-speaker audio
  • Seven-inch touchscreen (2018 and 2019 only)
  • Keyless entry

Power for the Mitsubishi Mirage comes from a 78-hp 1.2L three-cylinder engine with 74 lb.-ft. of torque. Depending on the trim, you'll get a five-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission.

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Acura TLX

Best Sedans: Acura TLX | CarMax

The Acura TLX is a luxury sedan with generous amenities. Even at the base trim level, you'll get a sunroof and ambient lighting (from 2017), so you can't go wrong at any level. Smooth handling rounds out the benefits of driving a 2017-2019 Acura TLX, and the quiet cabin is a boon to short and long drives.

You can expect these features on a 2017-2019 Acura TLX:

  • Hill-start assist
  • Cruise control
  • Multi-view rear camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Sunroof

Choosing a 2017-2019 Acura TLX means you'll get a 206-hp 2.4L inline-four engine or a 290-hp 3.5L V6; either engine has ample acceleration to take you where you want to go.


Volkswagen Golf

Best Sedans: Volkswagen Golf | CarMax

The charming Volkswagen Golf is a great choice if you need ample cargo and passenger space within a small car. Toss a bicycle in the back, along with a picnic lunch and a blanket, and you're ready for adventure. The Golf is available in two trims for model years 2017-2019.

The following features are standard on the 2017-2019 Volkswagen Golf:

  • Rearview camera
  • Cruise control
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 60/40-split folding rear seats with a center pass-through

The 2017-2018 Golf is FWD and has a turbocharged 1.8L four-cylinder engine under the hood; both the manual and automatic versions get an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined.2 The 2019 Golf has a turbocharged 1.4L turbocharged drivetrain and gets an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined.2


Toyota Prius C

Best Sedans: Toyota Prius-C | CarMax

This zippy hybrid sedan is available in four trims for model years 2017-2018 and two trims for 2019. Slightly smaller than the Prius, the Toyota Prius C gets an EPA-estimated 46 mpg combined.2 You'll love the tight turning radius of this four-door hatchback.

Each 2017-2019 Toyota Prius C includes standard:

  • Power windows
  • Cruise control (2019 only)
  • Four-speaker audio system
  • Folding rear seat

You'll find a 99-hp 1.5L gasoline engine powers the 2017-2019 Toyota Prius C with the boost of a permanent magnet AC synchronous electric motor.


Kia Rio

Best Sedans: Kia Rio | CarMax

Looking for a small car with generous legroom and headroom? The Kia Rio delivers. Available in both a four-door sedan and five-door hatchback, the 2017-2019 Rio is ready for the road.

Expect these standard features on the 2017-2019 Kia Rio:

  • Four-speaker audio system with steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Luggage-area cover (five-door hatchback only)
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Heated rear glass with timer

Every Rio comes with a 138-hp 1.6L four-cylinder engine under the hood, designed to propel this subcompact with enough power to accelerate and pass with ease


Honda Fit

Best Sedans: Honda Fit | CarMax

Available in eight vibrant and eye-catching colors, the four-door Honda Fit is a strong contender for your attention. The adaptable 60/40-split seat can be configured in a variety of ways. For instance, all of the seats fold down to accommodate a bicycle, or the back seat can be flipped up and a tall potted plant or small piece of furniture can be hauled from one place to another.

Take a look at these standard features on 2017-2019 models of the Honda Fit:

  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • 160-watt audio system with four speakers
  • Five-inch color LCD screen

Powered by a proficient 130-hp 1.5L four-cylinder engine, the 2017-2019 Honda Fit is available in three trim levels.

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Hyundai Elantra

Best Sedans: Hyundai Elantra | CarMax

The Hyundai Elantra got a refresh in 2017, with high-strength steel to reinforce the body and sound absorption materials for noise reduction. Choose from four trim levels for model year 2017 and six for 2018-2019. Starting with the 2017 model year, you can choose a hatchback layout for the Elantra GT trim.

Take a look at the base model Hyundai Elantra for model years 2017-2019 and you'll find:

  • Five-inch color display
  • Bluetooth capability
  • 60/40-split folding rear seats
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls

The Elantra is equipped with a standard 147-hp 2.0L four-cylinder with a manual transmission, a turbocharged 1.4L engine under the hood of the Elantra Eco, or a sporty turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder on the GT.


Kia Forte5

Best Sedans: Kia Forte5 | CarMax

Like its sibling the Kia Forte, the Forte5 is eye-catching, with unique exterior styling. The hatchback allows easy access to its roomy cargo area, and the folding rear seats add versatility. You may be surprised by how much you can fit into the Kia Forte5, like a set of golf clubs and luggage for a weekend getaway.

For model years 2017-2019, these features are standard:

  • Heated mirrors
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat
  • Bluetooth capability
  • Four-speaker sound system

The base Forte5 LX features a 2.0L 147hp engine that combines performance with comfort. EX models come with a 2.0L engine with 164 hp, and 2017-2019 SX models include a 201-hp 1.6L turbocharged engine paired to a six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.


Toyota Corolla

Best Sedans: Toyota Corolla | CarMax

For model years 2017-2019, the compact Toyota Corolla is available in six well-appointed trims and includes a long list of standard features. Looking for a sedan with a manual transmission? The 2019 Corolla SE is available in a six-speed manual or dynamic-shift CVT.

Standard features on the 2017-2019 base model include:

  • 6.1-inch touchscreen display
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • USB port
  • Integrated back-up camera
  • Adaptive cruise control

For model years 2017–2019, the Corolla is powered by a 1.8L four-cylinder engine. Prefer a hatchback version? Toyota added that body-style option for the 2019 model year.


Kia Forte

Best Sedans: Kia Forte | CarMax

If you're looking for a sedan with responsive handling and intuitive design, the Kia Forte may be right up your alley. In 2017, the Forte received refreshed styling, a new engine, a sport-themed trim, and Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto connectivity. Combining performance and style, the Kia Forte continues to impress with generous amenities and options.

The 2017-2019 Kia Forte is available as a sedan in LX, S, and EX trim levels and includes the following:

  • Trip computer
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Four-speaker sound system

Kia Forte LX and S models from 2017-2019 feature a 147-hp 2.0L engine; the S model brings the benefit of a sport-tuned suspension. The trim-topping EX provides a kick with a 164-hp 2.0L drivetrain.


Honda Civic

Best Sedans: Honda Civic Sport | CarMax

An all-around star on the road, the 2017-2019 Honda Civic shines in three different body styles (sedan, coupe, and hatchback) and six trims for the sedan. With functionality and flair, Honda's compact sedan is lovely to look at and splendid to drive, featuring the latest technology and driver aids.

Check out the standard features on 2017-2019 Honda Civics:

  • Cruise control
  • Automatic climate control
  • Manual front seats with driver height adjustment
  • Four-speaker sound system
  • USB port

For model years 2017-2019, the standard Civic LX is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 158 horsepower; upper trims include a turbocharged 1.5L. Choose between a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic.

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Toyota Yaris

Best Sedans: Toyota Yaris | CarMax

If you like variety, the 2017-2019 Toyota Yaris delivers with three trims and eight exterior colors (including three two-tone options). This subcompact is available with two or four doors and contains clever storage options. Need a little extra room? The rear hatchback door provides even more cargo space.

The 2017-2019 Toyota Yaris provides these features as standard:

  • Power door locks and windows
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Lane departure warning

A 1.5L four-cylinder engine generating 106 hp and 103 lb.-ft. of torque is standard across all three trims, designed to give this little car the agility to thread through city traffic and pass on long country roads.


Hyundai Accent

Best Sedans: Hyundai Accent | CarMax

Available in hatchback and sedan body styles, the sensible Hyundai Accent is a terrific pick if you're looking for a comfortable ride in a small package. The FWD Accent is available in base SE and Value Edition trims in the sedan, and SE and Sport for the hatchback. The thoughtfully designed Accent boasts storage nooks and crannies throughout the vehicle.

Check out the standard features on 2017-2019 models of the Hyundai Accent:

  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Tilt-adjustable steering wheel
  • Sliding center armrest
  • Cabin air filtration

The sedan and hatchback styles for model years 2017-2019 include a 137-hp 1.6L four-cylinder engine paired to a standard six-speed manual transmission.


Honda Accord

Best Sedans: Honda Accord Sport | CarMax

The Honda Accord is a lively midsize sedan in its tenth generation with a variety of trim options to meet your needs. Whether you need a quiet, refined sedan for business or a sleek, streamlined car for you and your family, the Accord is sure to please. This sedan boasts luxuriously appointed interiors and a range of eye-catching color options.

Standard features for 2017-2019 models include:

  • Rearview camera
  • Push-button ignition<
  • Four-speaker audio system
  • USB port (2018 and 2019 models)

A 185-hp 2.4L drivetrain powers the 2017-2019 Honda Accord with smooth shift points and a remarkably quiet ride. Take it up a notch with a 189-hp 2.4 iVTEC four-cylinder engine on the Sport trim, or a 278-hp 3.5L V6 on the EX.


Kia Soul

Best Sedans: Kia Soul | CarMax

If you like to stand out from the crowd, the unique body style of the Kia Soul is an excellent choice. The Soul's boxy shape accommodates all you can squeeze into its 24.2 cubic feet of cargo space, while still offering you and four passengers (or pets) plenty of legroom and headroom.

Check out these standard features on the 2017-2019 Kia Soul:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • 60/40-split folding rear seats
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • USB port

The base model Soul is equipped with a 130-hp 1.6L four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Kia's fun hatchback for model years 2017-2019 is available in three trims: Base, Plus (+), and Exclaim (!).


Subaru Crosstrek

Best Sedans: Subaru Crosstrek | CarMax

With features like roof rails and hill-hold assist included even at the base level, the 2017-2019 Crosstrek is a well-appointed choice. The rugged Crosstrek is ready to travel, offering impressive ground clearance and comfort. Ready… set… go all over the country with a Subaru Crosstrek.

Intrigued by the Subaru Crosstrek? 2017-2019 models include as standard:

  • Fog lights
  • Touchscreen display
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • Four-speaker audio system

All Crosstrek trims come with AWD and a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that generates 148 hp.

Whether you're looking for style, comfort, power, versatility, or a mix of those attributes, you can use this list to find the right sedan for you.

1RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010–2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
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