For passenger cars, the sedan is by far the most popular style sold in the United States. While the technical definition for a sedan relies on specific design elements (specifically a "three box" layout), the general description is any vehicle with seating for four or more and separate engine and cargo spaces not open to the passenger's compartment. Most sedans are four-door offerings with a distinct trunk rather than a hatchback, station wagon, or coupe.
Sedans are offered in several market segments, including subcompacts, compacts, small, midsize, and full-sized cars as well as luxury vehicles. The most popular sedan is the midsize category which is dominated by the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, and Honda Accord. In compact sedans, the Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla, and Hyundai Accent are also top sellers. Popular full-sized sedans include the Chevrolet Impala and the Chrysler 300.
The Toyota Camry is the best-selling car in North America and has been for a very long time. Its reputation for reliability, economy, and family versatility gives it an edge over the competition.
The Nissan Altima is that automaker's highest-selling sedan and it has gained a reputation for being sporty, efficient, and reliable.
The Honda Accord is often at odds with the Altima for the second-seller spot in the U.S. Like the Camry, it enjoys a reputation for being reliable, economical, and efficient.
The Ford Focus is a high-selling compact car with a fast-growing reputation as being sporty and fun along with its efficiency and "right sizing."
The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling compact car in America thanks to it very long history on the market and reputation for reliability and economy.
The Hyundai Accent is a solid competitor to the Corolla and is noted for its reliability and good value retention.
The Chevrolet Impala is one of the most iconic of American automobiles still being produced as a current model. It has been associated with many things through its long history, but current model years are most well-known for their comfort and large size to go with a value-oriented price tag.
The Chrysler 300 is also a long-lived American sedan with a big reputation for its size and market appeal. It is spacious, muscular in look, and comfortable.