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Although much of the American automotive market dedicates itself to pickup trucks and SUVs, sedans are still widely popular and economical options. Having space to carry four or five adults or an interior full of Doordash orders remains a needed practicality. Yet, sportiness is now a ubiquitous characteristic among today’s four-door cars, exciting any buyer.

J.D. Power recently released what it considers the most researched sedans on sale today. Although the top three are distinct, all share energetic personas. 

2023 Toyota Camry

A promotional shot of a dark blue 2023 Toyota Camry midsize sedan
2023 Toyota Camry | Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

What’s not to like about the Toyota Camry midsize sedan? The Japanese giant’s previous exterior makeover shed the four-door’s anonymous look for an athletic, handsome, and slightly aggressive demeanor.

According to J.D. Power, the base model LE begins at $25,945. The silky smooth 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine comes with 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. For $2,135 more, buyers can snag the hybrid, good enough for 51 city mpg and 53 highway mpg ratings, per Toyota. Camrys come standard with Blind-Spot Monitor (BSM), Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), front and rear Parking Assist (PA), and panoramic view. Nevertheless, five trim levels provide varying degrees of sport-tuned suspensions, exterior accents, infotainment systems, and even a 301-hp V6.

2022 Tesla Model 3

People may love the seemingly utopian EV for its instantaneous power, industry-leading driver assistance functions, and clever tech gimmicks. However, the Model 3 electric sedan isn’t for conventional automotive enthusiasts—quite the opposite. America’s premier EV is perfect for people who don’t even think about cars—apart from the “Teslarati,” of course.

The entry-level Tesla boasts excellent range, comfort, and handling. New for 2022 are sound-reducing rear windows and a quicker processor for the infotainment system, Edmunds reports. The Model 3 is available with varying quantities of horsepower and electric range across three trim levels. Single-motor examples begin at $48,190, climbing to $64,190 for the 490-hp dual-motor variant. InsideEVs claims the “Long Range” Model 3 can provide 358 miles of combined driving before needing a charge. The base conks out after 272 miles. However, access to the company’s fast-charging stations will please any buyer looking to take a step into the EV future.

2022 Dodge Charger

“Last call” has been shouted for Dodge’s famed four-door muscle car/sports sedan. Devoid of standard active safety features and laden with phony metal-affect interior trim, the Charger was still a fan favorite. Whether the base SXT ferried kids to school or the 797-hp SRT Hellcat laid tar snakes on downtown roads, it was an outlier.

The five-seater base model Dodge Charger has a 292-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine that gets 30 mpg on the highway, the website Cars reports. Standard features include smartphone connectivity to a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, rear parking sensors, and dual climate control for $32,645. Much of the interior features are optional extras—auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather steering wheel, power seats—even in pricier models. However, there’s no ignoring the whine of a supercharged V8, which begins at a somewhat reasonable $77,345.

Which sedan should you buy?

Whether you’re an Uber driver, office park commuter, or a heavy-pocketed workout aficionado, each of these will suit primal needs.

The Toyota Camry comes armed with legendary reliability and a well-appointed driver safety suite. Even if you’re stuck waiting for a charging port in the Tesla Model 3, there’s a host of infotainment games to keep you busy. If the supercharged send-off to raw V8 power greases your gears, the Dodge Charger is available in “Hellraisin” purple.


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