What’s a sedan? It’s a four-door vehicle with a traditional, windowless trunk. Hatchbacks tend to be very similar in their appearance and size, often being sold as an alternative to sedans. However, their cargo areas are larger and feature a window. Sedans come in three different sizes – compact, midsize and full-size (or large), though it’s possible for some models to fall in-between those categories.
Now without further ado, let’s examine some of the attributes of a sedan:
Compact sedans usually range from $10,000 to $40,000, depending on whether it’s an economy or luxury vehicle. Midsize sedans start at around $20,000 and can cost up to $80,000. Full-size sedans, on the other hand, start at about $25,000 and can cost up to $300,000.
Sedans are some of the most versatile vehicles when it comes to engines. Four-, five-, six-, eight- and sometimes even 12-cylinders are all fair game. The same goes for hybrids and all-electric vehicles. As far as fuel economy is concerned, compacts are the most efficient sedans around due to their smaller size, but many midsize versions are reaching their levels thanks to new designs and technologies.
Cabin and Cargo Capacity
Inside, most sedans can comfortably fit four adults, though compact sedans are a little more limited. If you’re planning to drive around taller passengers or if you are looking to fit in five people, then we suggest a full-size sedan.
Cargo capacity usually ranges from 12 to 13 cubic feet in a compact, 14 to 16 cubes in a midsize sedan and 17 to 21 in a full-size version. For more space, it’s best to get a sedan with a ski pass-through or folding back seats. If you need even more space, then consider buying a hatchback instead.
A sedan can potentially be one of the most luxurious vehicles one can own. Heated seats, climate control, navigation systems, Bluetooth capability and other similar tech gadgets can all be found on a non-luxury sedan. Other features to keep an open eye for include multiple cup holders and seat adjustments.
A solid sedan should include safety features like front-seat airbags, full-length curtain airbags, antilock brakes and stability control. Other features you may want to look up are parking sensors, rearview cameras and knee airbags. Luxury models tend to offer pre-collision systems and other accident-preventive devices.
When it comes to the cost of ownership, sedans set the rules for everyone else – they are the standard by which all vehicles are judged. That’s because most car buyers tend to look for a vehicle with four doors and a trunk – which is exactly what a sedan offers, regardless of its size or price.
Cheaper compact or midsize sedans usually cost the least to own – not surprisingly. They don’t consume as much fuel, their repair bills are low and they cost less to insure. Luxury sedans, on the other hand, costs more to repair and insure, and they tend to run on premium fuel. They do, however, come with a limited free maintenance plan that makes things a little cheaper.
Here are a few deals on several excellent sedans, but if you are looking to buy, hurry up because these deals will expire on February 2!
Total Savings: $4,172
Manufacturer Incentive: $1,500
Unhaggle Savings: $2,672
Mandatory Fees (Freight, air tax, etc.): $1,735
Total Price Before Tax: $39,762
Total Savings: $4,883
Manufacturer Incentive: $3,000
Unhaggle Savings: $1,883
Mandatory Fees (Freight, air tax, etc.): $2,130
Total Price Before Tax: $45,247
Total Savings: $3,125
Manufacturer Incentive: $1,500
Unhaggle Savings: 1,625
Mandatory Fees (Freight, air tax, etc.): $1,885
Total Price Before Tax: $40,420
The incentives above are for cash purchases only! For more information on financing and leasing incentives, consult the Unhaggle free dealer cost report.