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The Top Rated Sedans Ever

August 1, 2013

As car trends come and go, the sedan has always remained a top choice for many car buyers. Its combination of comfort, space, safety, and usually decent gas mileage keeps it a main choice for those looking for a car that can meet the needs of a busy life and growing family.

Recently, Consumer Reports released a list of what they consider the best sedans produced over the past 20 years. The only 2014 model on the list was the Chevrolet Impala, which recently received a score of 95 from Consumer Reports, making it the highest-scoring sedan on this list.

Other top sedans include the 2012 Lexus LS 460L, 2006 Infiniti M35x, 2003 BMW 530i, and 2001 Lincoln LS V6.

*Note: Consumer Reports listed the 2013 Chevrolet Impala as having a score of 95. This was an error - the 2014 Chevrolet Impala received a score of 95, not the 2013 model. (Thanks to reader Neil for the correction)

Year Top Overall Sedan Top Domestic Sedan
2014Chevrolet ImpalaChevrolet Impala
2012Lexus LS 460LCadillac CTS Premium, Ford Fusion Hybrid
2011Lexus LS 460LCadillac CTS Premium, Ford Fusion Hybrid
2010Lexus LS 460LCadillac CTS Premium, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Mercury Milan Hybrid
2009Lexus LS 460LCadillac CTS
2008Lexus LS 460LCadillac CTS
2007Infiniti M35xCadillac STS V6
2006Infiniti M35xCadillac STS V6
2005Lexus LS 430Cadillac DeVille DHS
2004Lexus LS 430Cadillac DeVille DHS
2003BMW 530iCadillac DeVille DHS
2002BMW 530iCadillac DeVille DHS
2001Volkswagen Passat GLSLincoln LS V6
2000Audi A6 Quattro V6. 2.8Lincoln LS V6
1999Mercedes-Benz E320Cadillac Catera
1998Mercedes-Benz E320Cadillac Catera
1997Mercedes-Benz E320Cadillac Catera
1996BMW 530iChrysler LHS
1995Mercedes-Benz E-ClassChrysler LHS New Yorker
1994Lexus LS 400Chrysler Concorde, Dodge Intrepid, Eagle Vision

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