The Best Looking Sedans of 2015 catch the industry in a bit of a transition period. After brands like Hyundai and Kia injected a new appreciation for design into the mainstream at the end of the first decade of the 2000s, this more recent generation of vehicles has seen both automakers and customers alike shift their focus. Consider: According to a 2014 study by the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), vehicle design was rated only the seventh most important factor when buying a new car, behind fuel economy, cost of ownership, power/performance, advanced safety systems, versatility/utility, and build quality/reliability.
At the same time, except for LED lighting signatures, most designers do seem to have dialed back their efforts to match consumers’ expectations.
But some sedans have stuck to their style-conscious ways, even among the more mainstream brands that most appeal to buyers, and it’s those we honor here.