10 Most Popular Large Cars

10 Most Popular Large Cars

By Christian Wardlaw, September 23, 2016
  • 2016 Dodge Charger R/T photo

    Large cars are not as popular as they once were, as people increasingly transition away from sedans and into SUVs. Nevertheless, big and roomy cars equipped with big and roomy trunks remain appealing to those who don’t require the cargo capacity of an SUV, and who prefer what are often superior driving dynamics combined with greater fuel efficiency.

    This guide summarizes key details and ratings for the 10 most popular* large cars available for sale in America today, including pricing; quality, reliability, and appeal ratings; fuel economy; safety ratings; and cargo volume.

    *Popularity based on calendar-year sales through July 2016

  • 2016 Chevrolet SS photo

    10) Chevrolet SS (2,134 sales)

    A rear-wheel-drive performance sedan equipped with a powerful V-8 engine and a choice between a manual and an automatic transmission, the Chevrolet SS is built in Australia and sold primarily to car enthusiasts and in limited quantities. Think of it as a 4-door Camaro.

    Base Price—$48,870
    Initial Quality—Not rated
    Predicted Reliability—Not rated
    Overall Vehicle Appeal—Not rated
    Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg)—14/22
    NHTSA Crash Test Rating—Not rated
    IIHS Crash Test Rating—Not rated
    Cargo Volume—16.4 cu. ft.

  • 2016 Hyundai Azera photo

    9) Hyundai Azera (2,958 sales)

    Sandwiched between the midsize Sonata and the luxurious Genesis, the Hyundai Azera provides more expressive styling combined with a standard V-6 engine and a larger interior than the automaker’s less expensive midsize model. Standard and Limited trim levels are available.

    Base Price—$34,995
    Initial Quality—5 PCRs
    Predicted Reliability—3 PCRs
    Overall Vehicle Appeal—4 PCRs
    Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg)—19/29
    NHTSA Crash Test Rating—Not rated
    IIHS Crash Test Rating—Testing incomplete
    Cargo Volume—16.3 cu. ft.

  • 2016 Kia Cadenza photo

    8) Kia Cadenza (3,091 sales)

    Lacking the sense of style and sophistication demonstrated by Kia’s slightly smaller Optima midsize sedan, the full-size Cadenza is nevertheless an upscale and comfortable car. It features a V-6 engine, automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive, and is offered in Base, Premium, and Limited trim levels.

    Base Price—$33,840
    Initial Quality—Not rated
    Predicted Reliability—Not rated
    Overall Vehicle Appeal—Not rated
    Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg)—19/28
    NHTSA Crash Test Rating—Not rated
    IIHS Crash Test Rating—Testing incomplete
    Cargo Volume—15.9 cu. ft.

  • 2016 Buick LaCrosse photo

    7) Buick LaCrosse (16,322 sales)

    An older design originally created for the Chinese market, the Buick LaCrosse has a roomy interior combined with a small trunk. Equipment is packaged into groups called 1SV, LaCrosse, Sport Touring, Leather, Premium 1, and Premium 2. Most LaCrosses have a V-6 engine and front-wheel drive. An all-wheel-drive system is optional with the V-6. A simple, electric-assist hybrid powertrain is also available.

    Base Price—$31,990
    Initial Quality—Not rated
    Predicted Reliability—Not rated
    Overall Vehicle Appeal—Not rated
    Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg)—17/36
    NHTSA Crash Test Rating—5 Stars
    IIHS Crash Test Rating—Testing incomplete
    Cargo Volume (LaCrosse)—13.3 cu. ft.
    Cargo Volume (LaCrosse Hybrid)—10.8 cu. ft.

  • 2016 Toyota Avalon photo

    6) Toyota Avalon (27,068 sales)

    Sharing a platform with the Lexus ES, the Toyota Avalon is a roomy car available with a V-6 engine or a gas-electric hybrid powertrain and front-wheel drive. The lineup includes XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, and Touring trim levels.

    Base Price—$33,515
    Initial Quality—3 PCRs
    Predicted Reliability—4 PCRs
    Overall Vehicle Appeal—2 PCRs
    Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg)—21/39
    NHTSA Crash Test Rating—5 Stars
    IIHS Crash Test Rating—“Top Safety Pick”
    Cargo Volume (Avalon)—16.0 cu. ft.
    Cargo Volume (Avalon Hybrid)—14.0 cu. ft.

  • 2016 Ford Taurus SEL photo

    5) Ford Taurus (27,455 sales)

    An older design, the Ford Taurus supplies value, interior room, and a huge trunk to full-size sedan shoppers. It comes in SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO (Super High Output) trim levels. Most have a V-6 engine with front-wheel or all-wheel drive (AWD), while the Taurus SHO combines a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine and AWD for a sport sedan driving experience.

    Base Price—$27,985
    Initial Quality—Not rated
    Predicted Reliability—Not rated
    Overall Vehicle Appeal—Not rated
    Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg)—16/29
    NHTSA Crash Test Rating—5 Stars
    IIHS Crash Test Rating—Testing incomplete
    Cargo Volume—20.1 cu. ft.

  • 2016 Chrysler 300 photo

    4) Chrysler 300 (33,123 sales)

    Providing upscale design and luxury on a budget, the Chrysler 300 can be fitted with a V-6 or a V-8 engine and rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. Trim levels include Limited, 300S, 300C, and 300C Platinum, and Chrysler frequently offers this car with special-edition packages that provide unique design details and equipment.

    Base Price—$33,355
    Initial Quality—2 PCRs
    Predicted Reliability—3 PCRs
    Overall Vehicle Appeal—3 PCRs
    Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg)—16/31
    NHTSA Crash Test Rating—4 Stars
    IIHS Crash Test Rating—Not a “Top Safety Pick”
    Cargo Volume—16.3 cu. ft.

  • 2016 Nissan Maxima photo

    3) Nissan Maxima (36,743 sales)

    If you like the way the Nissan Maxima looks, you’re probably going to like most everything else about it. An upscale sport sedan, the Maxima is equipped with a V-6 engine, continuously variable transmission, and front-wheel drive. In terms of interior space and trunk room, it falls on the smaller side of the full-size sedan scale.

    Base Price—$33,395
    Initial Quality—3 PCRs
    Predicted Reliability—4 PCRs
    Overall Vehicle Appeal—5 PCRs
    Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg)—22/30
    NHTSA Crash Test Rating—5 Stars
    IIHS Crash Test Rating—“Top Safety Pick”
    Cargo Volume—14.3 cu. ft.

  • 2016 Chevrolet Impala LTZ photo

    2) Chevrolet Impala (38,039 sales)

    Featuring a cavernous cabin and a large trunk, the Chevy Impala is offered with a 4-cylinder or a V-6 engine and in LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels. Chevrolet also offers the Impala with a bi-fuel compressed natural gas version of the V-6 engine.

    Base Price—$27,970
    Initial Quality—4 PCRs
    Predicted Reliability—3 PCRs
    Overall Vehicle Appeal—3 PCRs
    Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg)—17/31
    NHTSA Crash Test Rating—5 Stars
    IIHS Crash Test Rating—Testing incomplete
    Cargo Volume (Impala)—18.8 cu. ft.
    Cargo Volume (Impala bi-fuel CNG)—10.0 cu. ft.

  • 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat photo

    1) Dodge Charger (55,273 sales)

    Available with a V-6 engine or a choice between three different V-8 engines, in its most potent specification (the supercharged, 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat), the Dodge Charger is the most powerful sedan in the world. Versions with the V-6 engine come in SE and SXT trim levels, and all-wheel drive is an option, replacing the standard rear-drive configuration. Upgrade to the R/T or SRT series for V-8 power and rear-wheel drive.

    Base Price—$29,090
    Initial Quality—3 PCRs
    Predicted Reliability—2 PCRs
    Overall Vehicle Appeal—4 PCRs
    Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg)—13/31
    NHTSA Crash Test Rating—5 Stars
    IIHS Crash Test Rating—Not a “Top Safety Pick”
    Cargo Volume—16.5 cu. ft.

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