What You Should Know Before Buying a Sedan Car

Conventionally, in life, before beginning your search for a car, especially a sedan, you need to decide where your priorities lie. For instance, if you have a long, solo traveler and only an occasional need to carry passengers, rear-seat comfort and booth space may not be all that important to you, but petroleum consumption and in-car entertainment and communication may top your list. Likewise, if you are shopping for your young family, you may find safety and the ease of getting children in and out of car seats more important than style or a speedy car (horsepower).

Perhaps you are the sort of person who keeps your properties and even car seemingly forever. In that case, looking at the reliability and durability history of a make and model may be tops on your list. Pay attention to the fine print on the warranty and any included services.

You also should do your homework. Familiarizing yourself with the latest trends, available options, competitive products and, perhaps, most importantly, pricing information  before you go into the showroom will greatly assist you in managing your time in the showroom and give you perhaps a bit more leverage when dealing with the sales team. In a bid to simplify this for you; when you want to buy a New or Used car on ediaro Automobile or any other place, we have put together hints and tips that would assist you in selecting the ideal Sedan car.

Size/Market Segment

A sedan is defined as a vehicle with four doors that features a conventional booth design. There are three basic sizes: compact, midsize and large (or full-size) (Note: These classes are based on combined passenger and cargo volume, meaning that a large enough trunk might shift a car with a smaller interior to a larger class.). Not all compact cars, for instance, are created equal. One may have more head and shoulder room in the front seat, but not a lot of back seat space, which means that it could very well fit one buyer and not even be close for another – so you have to be look well.

Perhaps the first step in deciding which sedan to buy is to determine how much space you need, or want. Once you’ve determined a budget and an overall picture of what models fit your needs, you need to physically get into the cars you expect to buy to determine if they literally fit your needs.

Engines/Fuel Economy

As the expense of fuel becomes critical to more and more people, higher mileage models are rapidly gaining in popularity. In the past, that meant buying small and slow. But these days, with advances in fuel injection, transmissions, clean-burning diesels and hybrids, you need no longer choose the smallest cars to get the best mileage.

You’ll see four-, five-, six-, eight- and even 12-cylinder engines in this group, as well as hybrids and an all-electric car. An influx of new designs and technologies are improving fuel economy throughout the range of sedans, meaning that midsize sedans are getting the fuel economy that compacts used to achieve.



For some drivers, performance trumps economy and the car makers have more sports sedans in more sizes and price than ever before. From small, front-wheel drive “pocket rockets” with high-revving four-cylinder engines to hulking rear-wheel drive V8s and even turbocharged, rally-inspired sedans, there truly are more choices than ever.

Alternative Fuel Sedans

The sedan segment of the market offers more alternative fuel options than any other category. From hybrid-electric vehicles to clean diesels to flexible-fuel, E85 ethanol burning cars to super-low emissions natural gas powered sedans, there are many choices for the environmentally and cost conscious buyer.


Family shoppers should check the availability of features like antilock brakes, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and stability control. Features like rearview cameras, parking sensors and knee airbags are becoming increasingly available on non-luxury sedans, while premium brands are utilizing high-tech electronics to warn inattentive drivers of blind-spot intrusion and impending collisions.

In addition, always note the child Seat accommodations for people that have young kids. Though you might say Nigerians don’t really use child seat often, it’s worth you giving any car a test run with your infant, toddler or booster seats if you have of might have any soon. Perhaps you have a large family and need to fit three seats across the back. Not many sedans can safely accommodate such a scenario. Just the same, some deeply sculpted rear benches may not properly accept a booster seat in a safe manner. While you may be able to compromise in certain areas of car buying, it’s best to not cut any corners or take any chances when dealing with child safety seats: Definitely test our your seats in a new car during your new-vehicle test drive.

Luxury and Convenience Features

Luxuries like automatic climate control, heated seats, iPod interfaces, navigation systems, keyless start systems and Bluetooth capability can often be found in non-luxury sedans. Look for them as you shop. Keep an eye open for multiple seat adjustments and plentiful cupholder and storage provisions.

Passenger Capacity/Interior Space

Most compact and midsize sedans can transport four adults in reasonable comfort. Do you need to regularly travel with four, five or even six passengers? Do you care about their comfort? One simple test for comfort is to sit in the front, adjust the seat as best you can for comfort and then climb into the back to see what kind of room is available for your passengers when you are at the wheel. Don’t forget to get a feel for the headroom as some of those sexier designs with sloping roofs don’t always make for the most accommodating space. Taller families and those with five to carry should consider a large sedan.

Interior Materials

Families with small children may want to consider not only such mundane issues as the stereotypical number of cup holders available but also the seating fabric. Leather certainly sounds like an unneeded luxury perk, but with it available on even the smallest sedans from some companies, you may want to think how much easier it is to mop up an ice-cream milkshake from leather than it is from soft, sponge-like, velour fabric.

Luggage Capacity

Usable trunk space is just as critical to the new family that must deal with strollers, playpens and frequent purchases of diapers in the extra large box from the wholesale quantity as it is to the junior executive who not only needs to jam his golf clubs in the trunk but also those of his prized client. Does the trunk open wide enough to swallow your biggest piece of luggage or equipment? Is the trunk deck low enough for you to lift your gear into it? Do the trunk struts impinge on the contents when closed? If you need to use all the space all the time, look for a trunk that has external struts.

Generally, compacts offer 12-13 cubic feet of trunk space, midsize sedans offer 14-16 and large sedans offer 17-21. If you’ll be hauling anything bulky, get a sedan with folding rear seats or a ski pass-through. Four-door vehicles with hatchbacks are the best choice for those who prioritize cargo space and versatility.

Front, Rear or All-Wheel Drive

If you expect to frequently drive in harsh, winter conditions, you may want to consider an all-wheel drive model over a front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive sedan. And if performance and handling are virtues you look for in a car, you should probably consider a rear-wheel drive sedan. Just know that most rear-wheel drive sedans cost more and that there are some well-engineered front-wheel drive cars that handle very well.

Averagely, you can pay extra for AWD if you regularly drive in muddy or otherwise slippery conditions. Though the weight penalty of all-wheel drive is minimal in modern vehicle designs, there can be a compromise in fuel economy. Some sport sedans feature all-wheel drive to enhance control and stability during high-speed maneuvers.

Manual vs. Automatic Transmissions

While traditional manuals with clutch pedals are still recommended for sport sedans and underpowered compacts, there are now several different kinds of automatics. The conventional automatic features a torque converter and sometimes can be shifted manually with either a lever on the center console or paddles on the steering wheel. Automated manual transmissions used to be the stuff of exotic sports cars, but now they’ve found their way into economy cars for their ability to maximize the power potential and fuel efficiency of low-powered engines. While such transmissions make manual shifting more responsive, they operate just like a normal automatic, although shift quality is generally less smooth. Finally, there’s the continuously variable transmission (CVT), which automatically selects from an infinite ratio to keep the engine in a sweet spot of power and/or fuel economy. A typical downside of CVTs is the way they can drone during acceleration.

Operating Costs

Sedans are the standard by which all other vehicles are judged. Although sedan prices and sizes vary widely, buyers looking for low-cost transportation will inevitably end up with four doors and a trunk. Low-priced compact and midsize sedans are the cheapest to own; they don’t use much gas, they don’t cost a lot to insure and their lack of complexity keeps repair bills down. Luxury sedans may come with a limited free maintenance plan, but expect higher costs as they age. Higher-performance sedans often cost more to insure and maintain.

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