Edmunds.com Names Most Wanted Sedans for 2007

by : Jenny Mclane

The auto market is increasingly growing with more and more improvements on existing models introduced year after year. New vehicles are also added with the coming and going of a model year. This influx of vehicles on the market gives consumers a wide choice but at the same time can cause confusion on which car to buy.

In order to help car buyers in choosing the car that best suits their needs and their budgets, various online sources of auto information offer a helping hand. Recently, Edmunds.com, one of the leading online sources of auto information, named the most wanted sedans for the 2007 model year and such was done so as to give consumers an idea of which cars are popular among fellow car buyers.

The online firm named the Toyota Tundra as the "Most Significant Vehicle of the Year". Aside from the Tundra, Edmunds.com also named the Most Wanted Sedans for this model year.

To provide consumers with an idea of which cars are the most popular in each segment, Edmunds divided the vehicles into price categories. This will make it easier for consumers to compare their budget to the selection of the most wanted cars by the market. For sedans under $15,000, Edmunds named the twins 2007 Hyundai Accent and the Kia Rio. Both of these vehicles share the same platform and interior styling. Edmunds.com stated that with these two sedans, "economical doesn't mean low-quality". The popularity of the Accent is justified by the fact that it is the longest-running subcompact car marketed in North America since the year 2002. Since the prices of gasoline has been skyrocketing in recent memory, it is no surprise that these fuel efficient and relatively lower-priced cars are one of the most wanted sedans in the U.S. market.

Proof of Honda's popularity among American car buyers is the fact that the 2007 Honda Civic is voted as the most wanted sedan under $20,000. The achievement of the Civic is a good boost for Honda after it suffered lowered sales last month. The Civic not only bagged the distinction in the sedan category but also in the coupe segment. This proves how American car buyers appreciate the Civic's reliability, fuel efficiency and overall performance. This feat also gives Honda the reputation of being a manufacturer of all-around solid cars.

The third Asian brand to bag the most wanted sedan distinction is the 2007 Mazda 6. The sedan was named as the most wanted sedan under $25,000. Auto critics have been singing the praises of the Mazda 6 and the Mazdaspeed 6 since its inception in the market. Car buyers and owners of the Mazda 6 are also pleased with the uncompromising performance of this car. With the American motorists turning to smaller cars for their next car purchases, the Mazda 6 is set to increase Mazda's popularity in the United States.

For the sedan under $30,000 price category, another Hyundai car bagged the distinction for being the most wanted sedan in the class. The Hyundai Azera, Hyundai's four-door sedan first introduced in 1986 is still making heads turn. According to Edmunds.com, "Hyundai comes to play with a reasonably priced and unexpectedly refined Azera." Aside from being the second Hyundai sedan to be named as most wanted sedan for its price category, the Azera is also the fourth sedan with an Asian lineage that has been named by Edmunds for the most wanted sedan distinction.

One of the two BMWs to be given the distinction for the sedan segment is the 2007 BMW 3 Series. This sedan bagged the distinction for the sedan under $35,000 price category and is also one of the three European car models to be named most wanted sedan. For the past year, the BMW 3 Series already tops the price category and with BMW refining the 3 Series, it has even latched itself harder to the top spot this year. BMW's trademark high performance and luxurious interior which can be complemented with makes the BMW 3 Series an undisputed leader in its price category.

For the sedan under $45,000 price category, Edmunds gave the distinction of being the most wanted sedan to the 2007 Infiniti M35 and the Infiniti M45. While this car from Nissan's luxury division is battling it out with heavy hitters in this class, it managed to take the top spot. The reason for this is cited by Edmunds.com. "Infiniti's unique mix of aggressive styling, firm suspension tuning and torque-rich engines gives it the edge in this crowded category."

The second BMW to bag a most wanted sedan distinction is the 2007 BMW 5 Series. The European car model managed to take the top spot in the sedan under $60,000 price category. The 5 Series is also last year's winner in this category. Just like its sibling, the 3 Series, the 5 Series came back this year model with a better performance and gained more popularity among American car buyers. With its perfect blend of luxury and performance, the 5 Series looks to dominate the category for a long time to come.

The most expensive among all most wanted sedans according to Edmunds.com is the 2007 Audi A8. The European sedan won the distinction in the sedan over $60,000 price category. The German car brand's flagship took the distinction from its foremost competitors - the BMW 7 Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.