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Top 10 Low Horsepower Sedans

#10 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid

159 hp

The standard features of the Kia Optima Hybrid LX include 2.4L I-4 159hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 16" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

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At some point, the humble 4 door sedan earned the perception that it had to be really powerful. Maybe it’s because they used to be commonly turned into police cars (and still are in plenty of places). Plenty of families opted for speedy sedans instead of the more traditional station wagon or minivan. And another likely scenario is that a high horsepower sedan made a great business car, perfect for transporting clients in comfort without being too ostentatious, yet fast enough to keep a businessperson occupied on long trips. But the usefulness of a 4 door passenger car is noteworthy even if the car isn’t particularly fast or powerful, as you’ll see from the list of the top 10 low horsepower passenger cars. They’re simple and comfortable without being loaded down to excess, but, if the budget permits, they can be dressed up quite nicely.  Whatever your reason for being interested in a 4 door car, these low horsepower sedans might suit your needs, as long as super quick acceleration or a fast cruising speed aren’t among your priorities. 

Low horsepower 4 door cars have a lot of factors in common. They are usually quite comfy inside, providing the driver with a thoughtfully arranged cockpit, everything close at hand and easy to use. Most sedans claim the ability to seat four adults comfortably inside, including the driver and three passengers, so size is quite important. Even if the least powerful sedans don’t look particularly large from the outside, auto manufacturers have a lot of experience designing the backseat area for plenty of headroom so the passengers don’t feel cramped. Although the least powerful passenger cars aren’t equipped with their manufacturers’ latest and greatest engine configurations, they aren’t overlooked in the style department. Even the least powerful 4 door cars are designed with the brand’s signature aesthetics in mind, so your new low horsepower sedan will feel contemporary.