A sedan is a traditional 4-door car with a closed roof and separate trunk. Sedans come in a variety of shapes and sizes from large to compact, and most have an engine in the front that drives either the front or rear wheels. Sedans can be powered by gasoline, diesel fuel, electricity or a combination (usually called hybrids). Sedans were the most popular type of car in America for decades. Recently, Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV) have become more popular and are replacing the typical family car.

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If you're looking for a large sedan consider a Ford Taurus, a Chevrolet Impala, a Toyota Avalon or a Volkswagen Passat. Those looking for a midsize sedan should consider the Honda Accord, the Toyota Camry, the Nissan Altima and the Chevrolet Malibu. Compact sedans can be a cost-effective way to transport friends and family. Small sedans include the Toyota Corolla, the Hyundai Elantra, the Honda Civic and the Nissan Sentra.

Pros: Most sedans have a relatively low overall height. Most offer better handling and fuel efficiency when compared to SUVs or minivans, but there may be some exceptions. Generally speaking, sedans are more fun to drive. Modern sedans are often equipped with SUV like features, such as a folding rear seat to make extra cargo space, cargo net and storage bins in the trunk, all-wheel drive and the option of all-weather floor mats.

Cons: What sedans have in terms of fun to drive they often lack in utility. Most shoppers who move from a sedan to an SUV or a truck say they don't like sitting so low. Most sedans aren't ideal for towing. Also, sedans are essentially 5-passenger cars, although some can seat six people. Anyone needing to carry more than five people, including the driver, may want to consider other car styles. Finally, sedans do their best work on paved roads. There are exceptions but if you need to go off-road regularly, a truck or SUV is better.
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