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25 Top-Rated American Sedans To Ever Grace The Highways

Vukasin HerbezSeptember 7, 2020


12. Ford Crown Victoria

Ford’s Panther platform is one of the longest-serving platforms in the car industry. First used in 1978, it served until 2011 and underpinned many models like Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis or Lincoln Town Car.

This chassis proved sturdy and durable in extreme conditions, so it was the base for many police cars and taxis. Even today, years after Ford discontinued it, millions of Panther-based models are still on the roads.

11. Lincoln Town Car

The early ’80s brought some much-needed downsizing to American sedans. Those enormous cars with monster engines were a thing of the past. Lincoln responded by presenting the popular Town Car they built on Ford’s venerable Panther platform. They powered it with a 5.0-liter V8.

The Town Car was a recognizable boxy shaped sedan with a big chrome grille and bumpers. A comfortable ride, it was a typically-styled luxury model and buyers loved its proportions, soft ride, and plush interior.

10. Ford Taurus

Back in the mid-’80s, Ford caused a revolution with the introduction of the Taurus. This was the first truly modern American sedan that ditched the heavy ladder-type chassis and big engines. It went in a different direction with an aerodynamic body, new technology, and front-wheel drive.

The Taurus sold in volumes and even featured a performance SHO version. Although Ford still sells the Taurus, they will soon discontinue it like the rest of their sedans.

9. Buick Roadmaster

The legendary Roadmaster name returned to the Buick lineup in 1991 after a 33-year long hiatus. The car was basically the same as other sedans from General Motors in the same class. However, the Roadmaster had some more luxury options and one interesting engine which turned this comfy cruiser into a muscle car.


Buick engineers found a way to install a Corvette LT1 5.7-liter V8 engine into the Roadmaster’s engine bay. The LT1 produced 300 HP in the Corvette, but in the Buick, it produced 260 HP. That was more than enough to turn this heavy car into a proper hot rod. Despite the curb weight of over 4,400 pounds, this car could outrun most muscle cars of the day.


8. Chevrolet Impala SS

The Impala SS is one of the most legendary names in Chevrolet’s performance history. The original Impala SS was available from 1961 to 1969. They were full-size muscle cars that could beat many other performance cars on the stoplight drags. Powered by big-block engines and equipped with a close-ratio four-speed transmission unit, the Impala SS was a street-legal drag racer of the highest order.

However, as the muscle car era came to an end, the Impala SS was discontinued, only to be resurrected in 1994 as an option on the seventh generation of this legendary model. Since the early ’90s marked the return to performance for most American manufacturers, Chevrolet installed the famous 5.7-liter LT1 V8 engine in the full-size rear-wheel-drive sedan. They equipped it with a heavy-duty suspension and components to create a modern-day muscle legend.


For two years, Chevrolet produced almost 70,000 Impala SS models in several colors. However, the dark purple was the most popular and sought-after hue. The engine delivered 260 HP and propelled these big sedans from 0 to 60 mph in just seven seconds. Those are not exactly spectacular numbers, but for the mid-’90s, they were good results.

7. Chrysler 300C

The early 2000s saw the return of these classic Chrysler sedans. The perfect homage to one of the quintessential American sedans is the 300C. They built it on a modern platform with a range of powerful engines including the 5.7 Hemi. The 300C was big, strong, well equipped and well-built. It sold well and is still is the car to own if you’re looking for that classic style and feel.


Interestingly, sales are still strong. That just shows there is still a market for sturdy American, rear-wheel-drive sedans with comfortable interiors and big V8s.


6. Cadillac CTS-V

The CTS is a mid-sized Cadillac sedan with the performance V option. Arguably the most successful was the second generation produced from 2008-2014. Under the hood was a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 delivering 556 HP, making the CTS-V the most powerful performance sedan on the market.


The suspension and the rest of the drivetrain were advanced and up to the task. The CTS-V was the full package and one of the best drivers’ cars available.


5. Mercury Marauder

Despite the fact the Grand Marquis was never intended to be a performance car, Mercury decided to turn it into one. They installed a highly-tuned 4.6-liter V8 that delivered 302 HP, and a revised suspension, gearbox, and brakes. All those changes turned this sleepy, comfy sedan into a sharp muscle car.

One of three colors available, the black paint gave the Marauder menacing looks and an aggressive stance, clearly differentiating it from its more sedate cousins. Performance was surprising for a big, heavy sedan with a 0 to 60 mph time of around seven seconds. But the biggest asset was its appearance. Just the sight of a big black sedan in your rearview mirror made most people move over.


4. Dodge Charger Hellcat

Ever since they released the four-door Charger, it’s been a popular model. Even many law-enforcement agencies used it. In 2011, they introduced the second generation. It featured a fresh design and more options, but a mostly unchanged platform and engine choices.


Dodge kept the SRT model in the lineup and even offered several interesting performance versions, but everybody knew the Charger was capable of much more. Finally, in 2014, the car community went crazy when Dodge released the Hellcat Charger and Challenger models. After all, the reaction was totally expected since the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 707 HP was a proper monster of a muscle car that shouldn’t be on the streets.

But Dodge did just that, allowing the public to buy one of the fastest, most powerful muscle cars and muscle car sedans ever built. Despite being overpowered in any aspect, the Dodge Charger Hellcat is surprisingly good to drive and docile at low speeds.


3. Chevrolet SS

Unfortunately, the Chevrolet SS is out of production but dealers have enough unsold cars that you can buy one right now. And you should do that since the SS is one of the best affordable performance sedans on the market today. With a 6.2-liter V8, 412 hp, precise steering, and neutral handling, this car rivals Europe’s finest sports sedans. Of course, this is a Holden from Australia they rebadged as a Chevrolet and fine-tuned for U.S. customers.


Performance numbers are very respectable. A 0 to 60 mph sprint is possible in just 4.7 seconds, while the top speed is over 150 mph. Chevrolet SS is a good proposition for people who need a practical sedan but want a sports car. The styling is elegant and unassuming, which is a good thing since this car can surprise many regular sports models with its performance.

This is one of the best sleepers on the market since it blends in with traffic. Nobody can tell you have 400 HP under your right foot ready to jump at a second’s notice. The Chevrolet SS is destined to be a future classic, so grab one today.

2. Ford Taurus SHO

With its powerful EcoBoost V6 engine displacing 3.5-liters and delivering 355 HP to all four wheels, the new Taurus SHO can outhandle and outperform many current sports cars.


The modern Taurus is the perfect evolution of an American sedan. It retains its proportion, design, and feel, yet incorporates modern technology and performance.


1. Cadillac ATS-V

Introduced in 2016, the newest American muscle four-door car is the compact but immensely powerful Cadillac ATS-V. With this model, Cadillac attacked the likes of the Mercedes C Class and BMW 3 Series with a modern executive sedan famous for its recognizable styling and brutal power.

Under the hood is the twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 engine with 464 HP and 445 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough to launch the ATS-V from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds with a top speed of an astonishing 189 mph. Even though the ATS-V doesn’t have a V8, it is still a proper muscle car available in two-door form, as well.

These are the greatest American sedans ever made. Which one was your favorite? Some of these cars are long gone while others are still on the roads today.

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