Be they in two or four-door guise, no other vehicle offers the practicality, versatility, and mass appeal of the common sedan. To qualify as a sedan, all a car needs is more than one row of seats, a hard roof, and a trunk in the back. That's pretty much it. Because the definition is so loose, there have been a multitude of different sedan designs over the years.
Some sedans break the mold and go on to be greats, while others are doomed from the start. Here is a list of some of the most popular used sedans on the market today.
Ah, the Toyota Camry. It's a staple in the car world; a champion of sensibility and economy. When the car was first launched in 1983, there was no recipe for making a successful family sedan. Toyota hasn't just created one recipe with the Camry, it has created an entire cookbook. The popular Japanese car is now in its seventh generation. The Camry has been the best-selling car in the United States for 13 of the last 14 years, and right now a good portion of the rest of Toyota's line-up is built around the Camry's architecture. It's safe, economical, and priced well. It's hard to argue against a used Camry.
Ford takes its competitors from Japan and Europe on with its popular Fusion mid-size sedan. The Ford Fusion is available with a multitude of engine options: A 175-horsepower, 2.5 liter four-cylinder, 3.0 liter 240-horsepower V6 and 3.5-liter, 263-horsepower V6 are the most current options. Trim levels are differentiated by S, SE, SEL and Sport models, and in 2010 a Fusion Hybrid model was added to the lineup. The first Fusion was sold from 2006 to 2009. That car was updated with more powerful engines and tweaked styling in 2010.
The Honda Civic was launched in the 70s and has evolved since then to become one of the most popular cars ever sold. The Civic was most recently redesigned in 2012, and is available in a multitude of trim levels: DX, LX, EX, EX-L, Hybrid, Natural Gas, Si and a new HF high fuel efficiency model that can achieve 41 MPG on the highway without using a hybrid system. With so many different trim levels available and almost half a century's worth of Civics to choose from, there is surely a used Honda Civic out there for just about anyone.
The Chevy Malibu may invoke images of hot rods and drive-in burger shacks, but the modern Malibu bears little resemblance to the American classic. After being phased out in the 80s, the Malibu nameplate was revived in 1997 for Chevy's latest front-wheel-drive, four-door sedan. The formula was improved with minor changes in 2004 and an all-new car was launched in 2008. That body-style sold for another five years.
The Honda Accord is one of the most popular cars to have ever come out of Japan. There have been eight different generations of the Accord since its debut in the 70s. The current Accord has been on sale since 2008. The Accord is available with three engine options: A 177-horsepower four-cylinder, a 190-horsepower four-cylinder and a 271-horsepower V6 motor. Honda's reputation for exceptional engine reliability means the Accord retains its value better than most any other car