10) Chevrolet Impala
Chevy first built and sold the Impala in 1957. The car remained Chevy’s top offering in the segment. Soon the Impala gained much popularity, eventually becoming the precursor to many models and generations of the car.
Starting from $27,300 in the US, the tenth generation, 2017 Impala is at the top of the rankings of the best affordable large cars on the market. The Impala is spacious and has a number of safety features incorporated. A built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi keeps occupants connected. Chevy claims that the Impala’s Wi-Fi can link up to seven devices and get a more powerful connection than any smartphone.
The base model comes with a 2.5 litre 4 cylinder engine, while the top end model is equipped with a 3.6L DOHC V6 DI engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and a max output of 306 hp. 6 speed automatic transmission comes as standard with both variants.
9) Kia Cadenza
Known humbly as the K7 in its country of origin, the Cadenza is Kia’s front wheel drive large car. It is being offered in the US market in three versions, with the base model starting at $31,990. The hybrid version of the Cadenza with a 35 kW electric motor has not been made available outside of Korea yet.
All Cadenza models have sound-absorbing solar-control glass. Two of the three models on offer have steering mounted paddle shifters, a panoramic sunroof with power sunshade, LED headlights, LED interior lights, and a Harman Kardon 12 speaker surround sound system. Audio, handsfree and cruise control are managed through steering mounted buttons on all variants.
All three models of the 2017 Cadenza have the same engine, which is a 3.3 Liter, DOHC, 24-valve V6 Gasoline Direct Injection engine with Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT). It produces 290 hp @ 6,400 rpm
8) Toyota Avalon
Another popular stallion to emerge from Toyota’s expansive stable is their flagship sedan, the Avalon. First produced in 1994, like many other cars in its class the Avalon came with a front wheel drive. More than a million have been sold since. Because Toyota offers such a wide range of cars, the Avalon shares its platform with a few other robust Toyota vehicles.
The 2016 Avalaon, sold in the 2017 model year, received extensive restyling on the outside, notably its front grille. Four models are currently being offered in the US market, the standard, plus, premium and touring, with the base model starting at $33,300. All have the same 3.5 litre V6 engine coupled with a 6 speed automatic gearbox.
The car’s fully independent suspension and 8-way power adjustable driver’s s seat improves comfort. Paddle shifters have been provided on the wheel. Despite a 7 inch touch-screen display the Avalon’s infotainment system is a bit dated in some respects.
7) Buick LaCrosse
Buick is GM’s upmarket passenger car division. LaCrosse is their large-midsize luxury car, as well as the flagship vehicle. Produced since 2005, the car is now in its third generation.
Thanks to a completely new platform which the car shares with the Chevy Impala, LaCrosse is 300 pounds lighter than its previous model year. The car’s US version retails at $32,065, for the basic model.
The power pack is a 3.6 iltre V6 direct injection engine with variable valve timing. It couples with an 8 speed automatic transmission to send 310 hp to the front wheels. All wheel drive is one of the many optional extras that Buick is offering with LaCrosse.
The car has all the updated electronic and infotainment features including a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. It has as many as ten airbags to maximize safety. LaCrosse also comes with power programmable door locks with lockout protection, all fitted as standard in the base model.
6) Chrysler 300
Designed in 2001, the car first made it off the drawing board and into the US market in 2004. It was Chrysler’s full-size luxury sedan and their first car with rear wheel drive in its category. Production of the station wagon variant of the 300 was stopped in 2011.
Standard equipment in the 300 includes a 3.6 litre Pentastar V6 engine and eight speed automatic transmission. Chrysler claims this combination will translate into a highway fuel economy of 30 mpg. Not all Chrysler patrons prioritize economy however, which is why the powerful 5.7 litre HEMI V8 engine with 363 horsepower is being offered as an option.
Another desirable optional is the all wheel drive system. ‘Sport mode’ tweaks the gear shift points and paddle response to make the car extra peppy. An 8.4 inch full-color touchscreen partners with the car’s 10 speaker 12 channel premium audio surround system, and satellite radio with 160 channels.
5) Dodge Charger
The 2017, seventh gen Charger just happens to be a four door sedan, although Dodge has used the Charger name on multiple vehicle types in the past.
With more than 45 years of muscle car heritage Dodge now offers the new Charger with either a 5.7 litre HEMI V8 engine or a SRT 6.4 litre engine. The Charger Hellcat features a 6.2 litre supercharged V8 producing 707 hp. The HEMI V8 engine features fuel saver technology that deactivates up to four cylinders whenever all eight are not needed. All models now come with the 8 speed automatic transmission as standard.
The Charger also boasts a range of passenger protection features including a safety frame built with high strength steel, side guard steel door beams and front head restraints. All-speed traction control helps maintain control during poor road conditions. Multiple airbags are also standard features on all models. Retail prices in the US start from $27,995.
4) Ford Taurus
The Taurus was launched in 1986 and has remained in much demand in the US market ever since. It has been among Ford’s bestselling cars and has gone through several changes and improvements through its six generations.
The standard engine in the US version of the 2017 Taurus is a 3.5 litre Ti-VCT, which delivers 288 hp. A 365 hp 3.5 litre turbocharged direct injection EcoBoost® V6 engine is also available as an option. The car is fitted with a six speed automatic transmission, although it lets the driver override automatic operation in favor of a completely manual shift. In the SHO variant, this is done by using the race-inspired, steering mounted paddle shifters.
Torque vectoring is a component of the car’s electronic stability control (ESC) and is available in all variants. All wheel drive is standard on the Taurus SHO and optional with the other models. The SHO sport tuned suspension improves cornering agility and steering responsiveness.
3) Hyundai Azera
The Azera is the flagship vehicle and the US version of the Korean giant’s Hyundai Grandeur. This full-size sedan has been produced since 1986. 2016 ushered in its sixth generation. Azera finds a niche between the larger and smaller segments represented by Hyundai’s Sonata and Genesis cars respectively.
Currently available US models include the standard version starting from $34,100, and the limited version retailing at $39,000. Both cars have the same 3.3 litre DOHC 24 valve D-CVVT V6 gasoline direct injection engine producing 293 hp @ 6400 rpm. Both cars are front wheel driven with a six speed automatic transmission.
Standard safety features include blind spot detection (BSD) and Rear Cross-traffic Alert (RCTA). Among the things that improve comfort are the 12-way power adjustable driver’s seat, smart cruise control and a 14 speaker audio system. Hyundai claims a fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city with the standard Azera.
2) Nissan Maxima
A car that Nissan used to produce in the mid size segment dating back to the 80’s has now grown to full size and has become an American favorite. US retail prices for the 2017 Maxima start from $32,610.
The car has been equipped with a 3.5 litre, 24-valve, V6 engine which produces 300 hp and still gets a city fuel economy of 21 mpg. Nissan has added quite a bit of advanced technology to the car, particularly under the hood where it counts.
Interiors feature a driver assist color display and an optional infotainment system with navigation, as well as apple and android compatibility. The driver gets an 8 way power adjustable seat and smart cruise control.
60/40 split fold-down rear seatbacks create flexible space. An 8-speaker audio system is standard. Safety features include Nissan’s advanced airbag system with supplemental protection. A dynamic traction control system is also built-in. All of these features come with the base model of the Maxima.
10) Chrysler 300
(same as 5)