10 Most Popular Large Cars

Christian Wardlaw | Sep 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

10) Chevrolet SS (2,134 sales)

2016 Chevrolet SS photo

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.

9) Hyundai Azera (2,958 sales)

2016 Hyundai Azera photo

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.

8) Kia Cadenza (3,091 sales)

2016 Kia Cadenza photo

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.

7) Buick LaCrosse (16,322 sales)

2016 Buick LaCrosse photo

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.

6) Toyota Avalon (27,068 sales)

2016 Toyota Avalon photo

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.

5) Ford Taurus (27,455 sales)

2016 Ford Taurus SEL photo

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.

4) Chrysler 300 (33,123 sales)

2016 Chrysler 300 photo

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.

3) Nissan Maxima (36,743 sales)

2016 Nissan Maxima photo

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.

2) Chevrolet Impala (38,039 sales)

2016 Chevrolet Impala LTZ photo

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.

1) Dodge Charger (55,273 sales)

2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat photo

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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