Once upon a time in America, the full-size 4-door class held our fancy like nothing else, and big, spacious sedans ruled the road. While times have changed, and SUVs are currently all the rage, today’s full-size sedans are the best ever built. They’re packed with technology and performance. They don’t wallow like whales through the corners and the most cutting-edge models deliver spectacular fuel economy. All this adds up to satisfaction over the long term. Our list of 10 roomy full-size sedans largely focuses on more affordable domestic and import offerings, but we’ve included a pair of more expensive, and noteworthy, domestic luxury sedans. Each listing includes the manufacturer specifications for rear seat space and cargo capacity, along with pricing by trim level.
10 Most Spacious Sedans
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2017 Dodge Charger
The Dodge Charger was the second-best-selling large sedan in America in 2016, nipping at the heels of the class-leading Chevrolet Impala. If you’re hankering for a spacious 4-door muscle car, this one checks all the boxes. The 2017 Charger is offered in eight trim levels, from the Pentastar V6-equipped SE ($27,995) all the way up to the legendary 707-horsepower 6.2-liter Hemi V8 SRT Hellcat ($67,645). The Charger’s rear seat provides 36.6 inches of headroom, 40.1 inches of legroom, and 57.9 inches of shoulder room. The trunk provides 16.5 cubic feet of storage and the 60/40 rear seat folds down from within the cabin to allow for larger items.
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2017 Lincoln Continental
2017 marks the triumphant return of Lincoln’s flagship model, which first saw production way back in 1939 and ended its run in the 2002 model year. The 2017 Continental goes toe-to-toe with the Cadillac CT6 for the title of most spacious fullsize domestic luxury sedan. Three models are offered: Premiere ($44,720), Select ($47,675), and Reserve ($54,075). The Continental’s remarkable Perfect Position Seat provides 30-way adjustability and the upholstery materials are splendid, with perforated Venetian leather and Alcantara selections offered. The Continental’s wonderfully roomy back seat provides 37.7 inches of headroom, 41.3 inches of legroom (topping our list of spacious sedans), and 55.9 inches of shoulder room. The trunk allows for 16.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity.
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2017 Cadillac CT6
The spectacular CT6 sedan breaks new ground for Cadillac, with advanced architecture, cutting-edge technology, and the highest level of creature comforts ever offered in a Cadillac. The 2017 CTS is offered in four levels of trim: Base ($53,795), Luxury ($58,695), Premium Luxury ($63,895), and Platinum ($83,795). The seats in the Platinum are magnificent, with heating and ventilation, as well as a massage function and extensive power adjustment in the front and back seats. The CT6’s spacious back seat provides a list-topping 38 inches of headroom, 40.4 inches of legroom, and 56.1 inches of shoulder room. A power rear sunshade keeps the interior cool while adding privacy and the trunk allows for 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space. With NightVision on board and Super Cruise autonomous technology waiting in the wings, the CT6 plays a strong hand.
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2017 Buick LaCrosse
In 2017, we saw the third generation of the Buick LaCrosse. It’s longer, lower, wider, and 300 pounds lighter than last year. The roomy and well-appointed interior sells the car, with four trim levels offered: Base ($32,990), Preferred ($36,990), Essence ($39,590), and Premium ($41,990). The Essence and Premium trim levels are finished with leather upholstery and the front bucket seats are equipped with heating and ventilation. The Premium trim level adds driver and front passenger power lumbar support with massage, as well as a heated steering wheel. The rear seat is wonderfully spacious, with 37.2 inches of headroom, 40 inches of legroom, and 56.6 inches of shoulder room. This big cruiser is ideally suited for golfers, with a trunk that provides 15 cubic feet of storage capacity. The rear seats fold down with trunk-mounted releases.
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2017 Toyota Avalon
The Avalon is the largest sedan in the Toyota lineup, slotting above the best-selling Camry (a spacious sedan in its own right). The 2017 Avalon is offered in a total of eight trim levels, from the base XLE ($33,300) through the Limited ($41,100). There are three fuel-efficient Avalon Hybrid models. The range-topping Hybrid Limited ($42,600) delivers an EPA-estimated 40 city/39 highway mpg and is packed with technology and comfort. It features heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, rear climate controls, and a power rear sunshade to ensure a supreme experience. The Avalon’s back seat provides 37.9 inches of headroom, 39.2 inches of legroom, and 57 inches of shoulder room. The trunk allows for 16.0 cubic feet of cargo space.
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2017 Nissan Maxima
The Nissan Maxima was the third-best selling large sedan in America in 2016, enjoying a huge jump in popularity after a thorough redesign, which marked its eighth generation. The 2017 Maxima is offered in six trim levels: S ($32,610), SV ($34,590), SL ($37,090), SR ($37,870), SR Midnight Edition ($39,065) and Platinum ($40,040). The Maxima’s Zero Gravity front bucket seats are one of its strongest selling points and the SR features sporty Ascot leather upholstery with Alcantara inserts. The Maxima’s back seat is the tightest on our list of spacious sedans, with 36.7 inches of headroom (35.8 inches with moonroof), 34.2 inches of leg room, and 55.7 inches of shoulder room. Marketed once again as “the four-door sports car,” the Maxima’s closest competition might be the Mazda6.
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2017 Kia Cadenza
The 2017 Kia Cadenza is an uncommon and magnificent cruiser with a truly spacious interior. While its closest competition in the class may be domestic, the Cadenza’s design inspiration is clearly European. There are three levels of trim: Premium ($31,990), Technology ($38,990), and Limited ($44,390). Choose the Limited to gain quilted Nappa leather upholstery and a host of amenities. The 14-way power adjustable driver’s seat includes 4-way power lumbar support, along with an extendable seat cushion and 2-position memory. The front seats include 3-level heating as well as ventilation. The back seat provides 37.6 inches of headroom (with the panoramic sunroof), 37.2 inches of legroom, and 56.5 inches of shoulder room. The Limited trim level includes a smart power trunk with 16 cubic feet of cargo capacity along with a small pass-through to accommodate longer items.
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2017 Ford Fusion
The 2017 Ford Fusion is offered in a dozen different trim levels, with all-wheel drive, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid variants. Prices start at $22,120 for the Fusion S and run all the way up to $39,120 for the top-of-the-line Fusion Energi Platinum Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV), which is eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit. The Fusion’s back seat provides 37.8 inches of headroom, 38.3 inches of legroom, and 56.9 inches of shoulder room. The hybrid models' battery packs cut into trunk space. The conventional Fusion has 16 cubic feet of cargo capacity, while the Fusion Hybrid has 12 cubic feet. The Fusion Energi PHEV has just 8.2 cubic feet of trunk space. Want to keep your family pinned in the seats? Choose the stealthy Fusion Sport.
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2017 Chevrolet Impala
The Chevrolet Impala was the best-selling large sedan in America in 2016 and delivers tremendous value for the dollar. The 2017 Impala is offered in three trim levels: LS ($28,375), LT ($30,640), and Premier ($36,720). The top-of-the-line Premier includes perforated leather upholstery, Apple CarPlay support, and GM’s marvelous 3.6-liter V6 engine (a significant step up over the LS and LT’s 2.5-liter inline-4). This is a wonderfully roomy, comfy, and quiet cruiser. The Impala’s rear seat provides 37.4 inches of headroom, 39.8 inches of legroom, and 56.9 inches of shoulder room. The trunk allows for a generous 18.8 cubic feet of cargo space, which stands out as the largest trunk on our list of spacious sedans.
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2017 Chrysler 300
The Chrysler 300 is one of America’s most spacious sedans, offering big comfort and affordable luxury. The 300 is offered in four trim levels for 2017: Limited ($32,340), 300S ($35,675), 300C ($38,635), and 300C Platinum ($42,770). A range of attractive leather interior choices are available. The 300C Platinum’s premium indigo/linen Nappa leather/Axis II upholstery is a standout on the high end, while the 300S offers sporty black Nappa leather with Alcantara suede bolsters as an option. The Chrysler 300’s rear seat provides 37.9 inches of headroom (36.9 with the dual-pane sunroof), 40.1 inches of legroom, and 59.5 inches of shoulder room. The trunk allows for 16.3 cubic feet of cargo space. The 300 delivers plenty of bang for the buck and Chrysler factory incentives can be substantial.