Best Full-Size Cars of 2019
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Sedans are having a tough time. Domestic automakers including Ford and General Motors have pulled the plug on some of their sedans, pushing other vehicles like crossovers, SUVs and pickups to the top of the chart. Covet the longtime Ford Taurus (not included in this roundup due to ratings that fell below our cutoff) or the Chevy Impala? They’re reportedly on the chopping block.
But if you still want a sedan, you’re not completely out of luck. The newest sedans have powerful engines and upgrades ranging from the latest tech features to noise insulation. Our picks of full-size sedans received at least 4 out of 5 stars from Kelley Blue Book (KBB) experts and consumers on Edmunds, as well as five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), when available. All ratings are up to date at time of publication.
Best full-size sedans
- 2019 Chevrolet Impala
- 2019 Chrysler 300
- 2019 Kia Cadenza
- 2019 Toyota Avalon
- 2019 Nissan Maxima
Best luxury full-size sedans
- 2019 Audi A7
- 2019 Genesis S90
- 2019 Tesla Model S
Best full-size cars
- $28,020 MSRP
- 4.5 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.0 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (2 reviews)
- 5 stars NHTSA
This car may soon be extinct, but for now, it’s a top-choice sedan for families who want a comfortable, all-around good ride at a relatively good price with respectable fuel economy (up to 22 city/ 29 highway). It comes with the standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder 197 horsepower engine, with options for more with the highest-level Premier model. With 2019 came keyless entry, Wifi and bluetooth. This is a plush car that puts an emphasis on comfort, and the trunk is extra large as well.
2019 Chrysler 300
- $28,995 MSRP
- Not rated by KBB experts; 5.0 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (1 review)
- 4 stars NHTSA
The 300 hasn’t changed much from its 2018 model, but this isn’t a bad thing. This has an available V8 engine, though the V6 is standard, and it also comes equipped with touchscreen technology. Available upgrades include leather upholstery, heated seats and the SafetyTec Plus package. This is a large, quiet ride, making it comfortable yet leaving visibility a little tricky, according to critics.
2019 Kia Cadenza
- $33,100 MSRP
- 4 out of 5 by KBB experts; not rated by consumers on Edmunds
- 5 stars NHTSA
The Kia Cadenza feels like luxury on a shoestring budget. It’s got roomy interiors and a sleek exterior, though lacking in all-wheel drive, a hybrid option and that sporty feel available among its rivals. But for the price, you get a 3.3-liter V6 with 290 horsepower and 8-speed automatic transmission.
- $35,500 MSRP
- Not yet reviewed on KBB; 4.5 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (15 reviews)
- Not rated on NHTSA
Toyota’s largest sedan is essentially a mix between standard sedan and a Lexus, Toyota’s luxury brand. It has a standard six-cylinder engine and a hybrid option. Unlike some other Toyotas lower on the pecking order, the Avalon has Apple CarPlay, though Android users may still find the tech to be lacking.
2019 Nissan Maxima
- $33,950 MSRP
- 3.9 out of 5 by KBB experts; not rated by consumers on Edmunds
- 5 stars NHTSA (rollover)
Nissan’s largest sedan arrives standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and continuously variable automatic transmission. However, the four-door sedan doesn’t have much legroom in the back, nor does it have rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.
Best luxury full-size sedans
- $68,000 MSRP
- Not yet rated by KBB experts or consumers on Edmunds
- Not yet rated by NHTSA or IIHS
Completely redesigned for 2019, the A7 is comparable to the BMW 6 Series and the Mercedes-Benz CLS. It has a new infotainment system and a single engine choice — a 335-horsepower turbocharged V6 — so you’ll need to look elsewhere if you want options for more powerful vehicles. It’s got one available powertrain, along with many high-end materials including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, power tilt-and-telescoping steering and heated front seats. This seats five people.
2019 Genesis S90
- $69,345 MSRP
- Not rated yet on KBB; 4.5 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (2 reviews)
- 5 star safety rating on NHTSA
The largest offering in Genesis’ sedan lineup, it rivals other vehicles that are close to six figures. The Genesis comes with luxury details as standard, including advanced safety features, leather upholstery, heated seat, infotainment display and a high-end audio system — according to Kelly Blue Book, the same one you’d otherwise find in a Rolls Royce. Plus, it even has a free service valet. The Genesis runs with a 3.3-liter V6, though you can upgrade to a 5.0-liter V8; all versions can be ordered with all-wheel drive at an additional cost.
2019 Tesla Model S
- $85,000 MSRP
- Not yet reviewed on KBB or Edmunds
- Not rated on NHTSA or IIHS
While it may not be as luxurious a ride as others in its class, the Tesla Model S stands out for its acceleration and its technology — as expected from a Tesla. With a battery range of 310 miles, the all-electric Model S can take you to and from work 20 miles away for an entire week on a single battery, with a bit left over for the weekend. Add a fuel economy of 102 MPGe combined, and this might just be the first time that Tesla presents a truly viable option that’s not gasoline.
Ways to finance the best full-size car
These sedans can get expensive, especially when you move into the luxury models. Fortunately, there are plenty of financing options, regardless of whether you’re purchasing your car from a dealer, private seller or from an online vendor — but first it’s important to first figure out your monthly budget.
Here’s an auto financing calculator that will estimate your monthly payments based on your loan amount and loan term. Then, it’s time to compare offers from multiple auto financing lenders to get the best car loan.
Finally, you’ll be ready to shop for your new sedan.