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For most of the last two decades, the sedan – led by Honda’s Accord and Toyota’s Camry – has been the top-selling automotive category. And when sedan sales run second, it’s only when ½ ton pickups, led by Ford’s F-Series, take the top podium spot. Although sedan supremacy is threatened by the ongoing rise of the car-based crossover, there is a lot to be said for the sedan’s wide-ranging practicality, (relatively) compact footprint and inborn efficiency when compared to upright crossovers or truck-based SUVs. And a lockable trunk offers security for ‘things’ often lacking in crossovers or the open beds of pickups.

2016 Model S

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$68,000 - $134,500
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MPG MPG 88 City / 90 Hwy
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2016 Civic

2016 Honda Civic

[A Honda spokesperson confirmed to Autoblog today that the Honda Civic Coupe equipped with the 2.0-liter engine, which is reviewed below, is not affected by the engine-assembly issue that is at the heart of the stop-sale order currently affecting Civic Sedans. That particular issue was corrected before the Coupe began production. We expect to have more news about a recall involving the 2.0-liter Civic Sedans as soon as the NHTSA officially responds to Honda. - Ed.] Let's not beat around the bush – mechanically, this Honda Civic Coupe is the same as the new-for-2016 sedan, minus a couple of doors. …

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$18,640 - $26,500
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Engine Engine 2.0LI-4
MPG MPG 27 City / 40 Hwy
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2016 Jetta

2016 Volkswagen Jetta

The Volkswagen Jetta compact sedan, built in Mexico, is Volkswagen's best seller.For a good price, it offers German quality, the most interior space in the compact class, refinement, responsive performance, safety, and fuel economy.But now in its sixth year of this generation, its lines are beginning to look dated, despite a freshening of the fascia for 2015.

So for 2016, Jetta gets a new engine to keep it at the top of the game, a 1.4-liter turbo, plus infotainment and safety upgrades.

(The popular TDI diesel engine has been discontinued, on account of the emissions cheating scandal.There also used to be a …

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$17,680 - $29,280
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Engine Engine 1.4LI-4
MPG MPG 28 City / 40 Hwy
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2016 Mazda3

2016 Mazda Mazda3

Mazda3 is a distinctive compact.Both the sedan and hatchback designs show flair, and the driving experience is fun.When you add safety and value, you've got a contender.The Mazda3 is a driver's car, like the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.

Mazda3 offers a choice of powertrains: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, and a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, built by Mazda.The Mazda3 was redesigned for 2014, including the suspension and steering system.

There isn't that much difference between the 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter, which is a big compliment to the 2.0.The 2.0i is quick enough, and gains one or two mpg …

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$17,845 - $25,495
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Engine Engine 2.0LI-4
MPG MPG 29 City / 41 Hwy
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2016 CT6

2016 Cadillac CT6

Cadillac moved to New York, renamed its cars and crossovers, and made cutting-edge technology one of its pillars. It's fighting hard to attract new customers and kill its outdated reputation as an old-man car brand in the United States. Change happens slowly, and then sometimes, all at once. Enter the 2016 Cadillac CT6. This is Cadillac's range-topping sedan. It's almost as long as the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series, yet in some configurations, it's lighter than their smaller siblings, the E-Class and 5 Series. The CT6 is a rolling showcase of General Motors' latest and best technologies, with potential …

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$53,495 - $87,465
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MPG MPG 22 City / 30 Hwy
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2016 A3

2016 Audi A3

The Audi A3 comes as a sedan, cabriolet, and five-door Sportback hatchback.Its familiar styling is neat and sporty.A3 was redesigned for the 2015 model year, so there isn't much new for 2016: rearview camera, heated mirrors and washer nozzles, and aluminum-look interior trim are standard on 2016 Audi A3 models.

As a premium compact car, the A3 competes with the curvaceous new Mercedes-Benz CLA 250, the updated Acura ILX, entry-level BMW 3 Series sedans, and maybe the BMW 2 Series coupe and convertible.The A3 has an unadventurous look and feel compared to these cars.Another car worth considering is the decidedly adventurous …

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$30,900 - $39,600
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Engine Engine 1.8LI-4
MPG MPG 23 City / 33 Hwy
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