Liven Up Your Rush Hour Drive
What makes a car fun to drive? Some people say it’s big horsepower. Others say nimble handling is key. A few might even argue that cool tech features are most important.
The cars on this list cover all of those bases, and they're not even sports cars; they're practical four-door sedans.
We assembled this list by finding the sedans with the highest performance scores in our car rankings. The vehicles here represent a wide variety of sizes and prices, from affordable compact cars to super luxury sedans. These cars prove that you don't need to give up four-door practicality to enjoy the open road.
The Mazda3 comes with a peppy four-cylinder engine that makes 155 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard. A 184-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is available.
Critics say the Mazda3’s smooth ride, quick acceleration, and powerful brakes provide one of the sportiest and most enjoyable driving experiences in its class. Starting at just under $18,000, the Mazda3 is one of the most engaging rides within its price range.
2016 Cadillac CTS
Powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the base trim, the CTS is also available with a 3.6-liter V6 or twin-turbocharged V6. The supercharged V8 engine in the performance-tuned CTS-V is especially potent, generating 640 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters comes standard.
Critics note that the CTS provides composed handling, a comfortable ride quality, and minimal body roll around corners. Some say the base engine is unpolished and recommend one of the V6 engines for a ride that’s more fun.
2016 Audi A6
Updated for the 2016 model year, the A6 gets a more-potent turbocharged four-cylinder base engine, as well as a stronger supercharged V6 option for higher trims. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, while an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are available.
Reviewers say the A6 handles, brakes and corners as well as top competitors. However, they also note that the sedan has a stiffer ride than rivals, especially when equipped with larger wheels
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2016 Jaguar XF
Redesigned for 2016, the Jaguar XF comes standard with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 340 horsepower. A 380-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6 is also available. An eight-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and rapidly. The XF comes standard with rear-wheel drive.
Critics say the XF offers exceptionally nimble handling and feels stable and comfortable, even when taking fast turns. The XF’s dynamic mode offers a sportier ride with sharper steering. However, some note that the engine lacks the hearty growl that the two-seat Jaguar F-Type offers.
The Jaguar XF rates 11th in our rankings of luxury midsize cars.
2016 Chevrolet SS
The Chevrolet SS comes with a 415-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine and your choice of a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. The SS provides athletic handling, communicative steering, and solid road grip for a fun drive. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in less than five seconds, though its fuel economy ratings skew toward the bottom of the class.
Reviewers say the SS delivers eager acceleration and direct feedback that lets a driver safely push the car to its limits. However, some note that the transmission has fewer gears in the automatic version than high-performance competitors and can feel unresponsive.
2016 Tesla Model S
The all-electric Model S sedan delivers on all sides: performance, comfort, and technology. The 370-horsepower base model comes standard with an electric motor that achieves the equivalent of 88 mpg in the city and 90 mpg on the highway.
Critics praise the Model S as powerful, quick, and precise. The performance-driven all-wheel drive Model S P90D is especially potent. With two electric motors, the P90D can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and achieve top speeds of 155 mph.
2016 Porsche Panamera
The Panamera has a base 3.6-liter V6 engine. The V8s available in higher trims – the GTS, Turbo, and Turbo S – range in horsepower from 420 to 570 ponies. Mated to a standard seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the Panamera is one of the most agile luxury sedans on the market, with powerful brakes and a composed ride.
Critics note that the Panamera corners and accelerates well, despite its large size. The Turbo S can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and achieve top speeds of 192 mph.
2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
The S-Class packs a ton of power. The S550’s standard twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V8 engine is one of the most dynamic on the market, to say nothing of the AMG S63’s twin-turbocharged V8 or the AMG S65’s twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12. Both the S-Class’ standard adaptive suspension and available Magic Body Control suspension provide a smooth ride over pavement and road imperfections.
Inside, the S-Class offers a lavish, high-tech cabin with top-notch materials that outclass almost every rival. In particular, the sedan scores high marks for its roomy, plush seats, even in the coupe.