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Comparison review: Ten large sedans -- the best and the worst

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Large sedans used to be a mainstay of the American market, with many buyers gravitating toward the most metal they could buy.

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Today the market occupies a much smaller niche. An overwhelming majority of sedan buyers finds all the space and comfort they need in such midsize models as the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, rather than stepping up to a larger class. The Camry's sales volume last year alone equaled nine of today's ten large sedans combined.

But there's been a resurgence in recent years of America's biggest attainably priced sedans. No longer just for the geriatric who are mistrustful of anything smaller, many of these sedans have fresh doses of premium styling, high-end amenities, and sophisticated driving dynamics in an effort to broaden their appeal.

Some pull it off more successfully than others, as revealed by back-to-back test-drives of 10 large sedans, whose out-the-door transaction prices fall between $31,000 and $37,000 when loaded up with luxury features. Every car at this price point should impress to some degree, but standards can be high at this range.

See rankings and mini-reviews of the ten cars in this comparison in today's slideshow.

Many of the vehicles in this class look like winners. But the different models were each designed with particular tradeoffs that will fit some buyers better than others – style versus interior space, ride versus handling, luxury versus value, and others. Some of these cars, too, have flaws that keep them from achieving even the balance they intended to strike.

This comparison relies on test drives and analyses of price, safety and fuel economy of the ten large sedans to pick winners and losers for different types of customers, and to rank them from top to bottom overall.

Note that if you're shopping in this class, it makes sense to give at least a quick look to some of the most roomy, polished, and powerful midsize sedans to see if they'll fit your needs at a lower cost. Pay particular attention to the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, and Volkswagen Passat.

More from this comparison:
- Rating the ten large sedans: How do they compare in different ways, such as comfort, performance, and fuel economy?
- Ranking the ten large sedans: How do they stack up for different types of buyers?
- Quick summaries of the ten large sedans: Pros, cons, conclusions.
- Full reviews of the: 2014 Buick LaCrosse, 2014 Chevrolet Impala LTZ, 2014 Chrysler 300, 2014 Dodge Charger, 2014 Ford Taurus, 2014 Hyundai Azera, 2014 Hyundai Genesis, 2014 Kia Cadenza, 2014 Nissan Maxima, and 2014 Toyota Avalon.

See also:
All Cars Examiner car reviews
Comparison review: Midsize sedans
Comparison review: Compact crossover SUVs
Comparison review: Large crossover SUVs
Comparison review: Minivans



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