There are a lot of great new offerings in the full size sedan segment for 2016. With so many redesigns and models that were refreshed, now is a great time to get out and test drive those 2016 sedans. Regarded as the family car in year’s past, the takeover of the ever-growing crossover segment has taken over that title from the sedan. Full-size sedans are being created as prestigious, comfortable options, for sophisticated adults who prefer not to be cramped into a compact car.
With so many new offerings and updates for the 2016 model year, there is a sedan for every taste, budget, and desire. Whether you are looking for a value brand full-size sedan, or a premium offering from a luxury automotive manufacturer, there is something out there for everyone. From the 2016 Chevy Impala, to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class – the full size sedan segment is rich with options for this model year.
The 10 Best Full Size Sedans
We have compiled a list of ten incredible full size sedan offerings for the 2016 model year. Some of these models represent a new generation for their particular nameplate, while others remain unchanged from 2015, but they all have a few things in common. All of the sedans on this list are full size, and are regarded as the best of the best for 2016.
Let’s discover each of these models, by exploring below:
2016 Hyundai Equus:
The Equus was introduced into Hyundai’s luxury side of its lineup after the debut of the smaller Genesis model. The Equus offers mid-level luxury, wrapped inside of a full size sedan package. Unique features like optional reclining and cooled rear seats, power side window shades, and two 9.2-inch monitor displays, the Equus offers every bit of luxury as you can handle. This beautiful sedan also comes with a powerful 5.0-liter engine rated at 429 horsepower, which makes it easy to see why it has made it towards the top end of our list.
2016 Toyota Avalon:
This full size sedan received a mild refresh for the 2016 model year, mostly in terms of ride enhancement. The 3.5-liter V6 engine makes 268 horsepower, and 248 lb.-ft. of torque, and still manages a rating of 31 mpg on the highway. HID headlights, touchscreen navigation, and heated and cooled leather seats are a few of the amenities this sedan incorporates.
2016 Chevrolet Impala:
The bowtie brand’s full size Impala sedan received mild technological updates for this model year, and makes our list for several reasons. Featuring a hybrid option, the Impala gives drivers more options when choosing power and performance specifications. The top of the line 2016 Impala features a 3.6-liter V6 engine rated at 305 horsepower. The Impala includes Apple CarPlay for the first time this year, and also offers a long list of active and passive safety features.
2016 Audi A8:
A completely new entry into the full size sedan segment, the Audi A8 replaces the outgoing A8 L model. The A8 features high power under the hood, with horsepower ranging from 333, all the way to a stunning 520. The A8 comes with Audi’s renowned Quattro all-wheel drive system, along with plenty of luxury amenities and standard features.
2016 Kia Cadenza:
The Cadenza is Kia’s attempt at full size sedan luxury, and while it doesn’t quite compare with the A8, it still stands strong in the segment. The eye-catching exterior of the Cadenza is beautifully sculpted, featuring large 19-inch chrome alloy wheels. The interior of the sedan offers Nappa leather upholstery, chrome and wood grain interior accents, and more amenities than you could imagine. With a new base level offering, the Cadenza starts out $3,000 lower than next trim level in the lineup.
2016 Dodge Charger R/T:
This full size sedan is unlike any other on our list, as it is regarded as more of a sports car, than anything else. The 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine makes 370 horsepower, and 395 lb.-ft. of torque. Optional all-wheel drive gives this Charger model more credibility on the road, and an enhanced experience behind the wheel. For drivers who want the practicality of a full size sedan, but not the traditional styling that comes along with it, the 2016 Charger R/T offers up the perfect compromise between the two.
2016 Jaguar XJ:
Completely revised for the 2016 model year, the Jaguar XJ is one of the few offerings on our list from the European luxury sedan segment. The full size sedan features an all-aluminum body frame, making it one of the lightest cars in its segment. Drivers can opt for the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine which makes a heart-pounding 470 horsepower, or an even more powerful eight-cylinder version that manages a 550 horsepower rating. Whichever engine you choose, the XJ is guaranteed to be steeped in luxury and undeniable class.
2016 Buick LaCrosse:
This sedan is on the larger end of the full size sedan spectrum, giving it great appeal to drivers who frequently need to accommodate back seat passengers. Both a gasoline and a hybrid version is available on the 2016 LaCrosse, with a maximum horsepower rating of 303. Drivers will appreciate the premium materials used throughout the cabin, and the long list of standard amenities that this sedan includes.
2016 Ford Taurus SHO:
Completely redesigned for this model year, the 2016 Taurus SHO model is a great example of the evolution of this segment. Featuring a turbocharged V6 engine, a new nine-speed automatic transmission, and improved fuel economy over the outgoing model year, this Taurus is the unexpected full size sedan of 2016. Standard all-wheel drive and an upgraded suspension enhance the power and fun felt behind the wheel, while its spacious interior cabin and cargo area are appreciated by drivers and passengers alike.
2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class:
At about this point in our list, we should probably state the obvious – this list is not in any sort of “best to least” order. If it were, the 2016 S-Class would surely be taking up the number one spot, as it truly is one of the best full size sedan offerings for this year. The newest S-Class includes some of the most innovative safety technology to ever be incorporated into a mainstream car. Follow-along adaptive cruise control with automatic braking is just one example of this brand’s commitment to safety innovation. Optional massaging seats pamper passengers on both short and longer car rides, while the 4.7-liter V8 engine impresses with its 449 horsepower rating and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. All in all, the 2016 S-Class is the best vehicle we have seen come out of the Mercedes-Benz lineup in a very long time.
All ten of these models offers a great take on the full size sedan segment, and are the perfect example of just how diverse this segment can be. From full-on luxury and power, to practicality and affordability, the 2016 full size sedan segment is certainly worth keeping an eye on. With something for every need, budget, and desire, there has never been a better time to purchase in a segment that is more prestigious and enhanced than ever before.