Updated May 2022: Although much less popular than an SUV, the four-door sedans are still a viable option for fans looking for practicality and comfort in 2022. We’ve updated this list with a few more cars. The modern sports sedan on the market that stands out with its excellent reliability ratings and spirited engine options.
However, this dilemma has been noticed by manufacturers, which has led to the growth of the high-performance sedans market in recent years. Although not quite as practical as an SUV, the sedans benefit from a lower center of gravity and lower weight – resulting in better handling and a sportier driving experience – while still retaining four doors and ample cargo space. So, if you are looking for a car that is fun to drive, practical and reliable for the whole family, read on.
17 2021 Lexus IS
It should come as no surprise that the Lexus model finds its way onto this list. The Toyota luxury sub-brand has earned a reputation for making some of the most reliable vehicles in the industry and bolsters this with excellent warranties and customer support.
Lexus’ IS series has always been the most sensible alternative to a German or British luxury mid-size sedan, and it comes with a wide variety of engines to choose from – from decently powerful engines to powerful cars. Regardless of whether you choose to save money and buy a model from the late 2000s or you’re aiming for an all-new IS, you’ll have almost no problems keeping this vehicle running. For example, the 2021 Lexus IS has a JD Power reliability rating of 86/100 with no recalls and excellent consumer ratings. This model comes with engines ranging from 241 hp four-cylinder to 311 hp sporty four-wheel drive, with each option fully worthy of the title of “sports sedan.”
16 2021 Honda Accord 2.0T
The Honda Accord has been among the most reliable sedans for many years now, and we’re not seeing that change anytime soon. The model is technically a budget sedan, but its interior design, features and functionality scream “luxury.” If you opt for the 2.0T that’s based on the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, you’ll get 252 horsepower and 0-60 in an impressive 5.5 seconds. That’s enough to put some muscle cars to shame.
15th 2022 Honda Civic C
The new Civic Si has had mixed reactions from gear heads just because it’s so close to perfect that it’s a pity Honda didn’t go one step further. Of course, we are talking about the car’s lack of power. For this year, the Civic C’s 1.5-liter turbocharged unit makes 5 horsepower less than the previous generation. However, it combines that power with one of the best manual transmissions on the market with a lighter flywheel and a delightfully flat powerband.
The 2022 Civic also got a new interior, which is a lot more adult and on point, making the car look more serious and efficient, and the 200 HP paired with a great manual transmission is still plenty of fun on the road. Sure, the small, turbocharged engine will have more problems than its naturally aspirated counterparts, but the new Civic Si is still one of the most reliable sports sedans you can buy today—especially under $30,000.
14 2020 Dodge Charger
The latest version of Dodge’s popular sedan has something for everyone, from the 300-hp base model to the 707-hp Hellcat. No matter which option you choose, you’ll get a solidly built, comfortable and functional vehicle with enough dynamism in any price range to put a smile on your face.
13 2019 Ford Taurus SHO
While the Ford Taurus ended its 33-year production earlier this year, the reliable but cute sedan came out in style. From 2013 to 2019, Ford produced a Taurus twin-turbo V6 known as the “Super High Output” (SHO). Having 365 horses on tap turns a rugged, reliable commuter into an absolute blast on the highway.
12 2017 Chevrolet SS Sedan
Packing a 415-horsepower small-block V8, RWD, and 6-speed manual transmission, the Chevy SS is a convincing muscle car. Although only produced from 2013 to 2017, the Chevy SS ticks all the boxes for everyday driving performance, with a roomy, comfortable interior that’ll keep you screwed as the V8’s acceleration throws you into your seat.
11 2019 Buick Regal GS
Buick’s reputation in recent years has centered on reliable, convenient, yet boring everyday drivers. Regal GS is here to change that. With suspension that transforms from buttery soft to hard and sporty at the push of a button and power of 310 horsepower from a naturally aspirated V6 engine, the Regal GS is a solid choice for those looking to spice up their commute.
10 2019 Tesla Model S
While traditional car enthusiasts may not associate electric cars with “fun,” the power delivery should be more than enough to satisfy any gearing. With a 0-60 of 2.4 seconds in topcoat “Ludicrous Mode”, now a network of supercharging stations, and practicality comparable to most everyday drivers, the Tesla Model S is a solid choice if you want a taste of the future.
9 2020 Audi S4
For those who seek a refined, luxurious experience as well as thrilling performance and handling, all while being the perfect daily driver, look no further than the Audi S4. The long-standing standard for high-performance sedans, the 2020 S4 comes with a 349-horsepower turbocharged V6 engine that’s an excellent choice for reliable, fun luxury.
8 2019 BMW M3
If the Audi S4 is the prince among German luxury sedans, then the BMW M3 is the best. With 33 years of performance excellence under its belt, the latest M3 model comes equipped with a six-speed inline-turbo engine producing 425 horsepower. On top of thrilling performance, the M3 is packed with the latest luxury and driver assistance features you could ask for, making it the overall winner in the high-performance sedan game.
7 2020 Volkswagen Jetta Geely
If you’re looking for a fun, luxury German sedan, but don’t have the budget for an Audi S4 or BMW M3, then the VW Jetta GLI is the car for you. Sharing an engine with the Golf GTI, Volkswagen’s classic performance hatchback, the Jetta GLI puts out 228 horsepower, with quick handling to match. Perhaps the Jetta GLI’s greatest feature is the 6-speed manual transmission as standard, which is a real moment for some of us.
6 2020 Kia Stinger GT
If you somehow traveled 15 years back and told people that Kia would make a high-performance sedan that could rival the BMW M3, you would be called crazy. But that is exactly what the Kia Stinger GT is. With an optional 365-horsepower twin-turbo V6, large Brembo brakes, adjustable sport suspension, and a luxurious interior, all for an affordable price, it’s hard to go wrong with the Kia Stinger.
5 2019 Subaru WRX STI
The racing history of Subaru’s flagship performance sedan should not only inspire confidence in its speed and handling, but this four-wheel drive beast can handle the conditions I’ve had on it—ice, snow, mud, you name it, the WRX STI can handle it. Plus, you get a 310-horsepower flat-turbocharged engine, and a comfortable interior with plenty of practical storage space.
4 2020 Toyota Camry XSE
Traditionally, the Toyota Camry was seen as a boring, but very reliable car. Toyota decided to maintain the impressive reliability, but relieved the boredom of the latest generation of Camry. With the XSE’s 301-horsepower V6, the Camry has been transformed into a rocket ship that’s easy to drive and maintain. Comfortable seating and a spacious loading compartment push the Camry XSE further than any of us thought the Camry could be.
3 2020 Lexus ES350 F Sport
Lexus is a brand founded on providing affordable, reliable and fun luxury cars. The ES350 F Sport continues that philosophy into 2020 with a 302-horsepower V6, all the latest tools, safety features, and luxurious trimmings, all for $45,000. Aside from questionable grille design, the ES350 F Sport is a solid offering from Toyota’s luxury sister brand.
2 2020 Infiniti Q50 3.0t Sport
Matching Lexus ES350 F Sport specs, the Infiniti Q50 in the 3.0t sports model sets a respectable battle in the high-performance sedan market. At $48,000 for a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6, with all the luxury expected, the Infiniti Q50 is a tough car for the price.
1 2020 Nissan Maxima
What a Toyota Camry is to the Lexus ES350, the Nissan Maxima to the Infiniti Q50, a solid bargain with similar performance, luxury and comfort. With a 300 horsepower V6 engine, excellent handling, and class-leading luxury features, the Nissan Maxima will deliver when you need it, while maintaining a reliable ownership experience.
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