Looking for a $20000 late-model rear-wheel-drive sedan

We rented a Chevy SS in a United States a integrate of years ago and we unequivocally favourite it. It reminded me of a Chevy Caprice my granddad used to expostulate 30 or 40 years ago. we was anticipating to find a used one here. But we was astounded to see it was never offering in Canada. Is there a allied rear-wheel-drive sedan with a V-6 that we could find for around $20,000, used? – Tony, Saskatoon

In a late 1970s and early 1980s, it was still tough to find a expostulate though a large rear-wheel-drive sedan sitting in it.

Now, unless you’re looking during a luxury limo, large RWD boats aren’t easy to come by, generally in Canada.

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We didn’t get a Chevy SS, a U.S. chronicle of a Australian Holden Commodore (the Pontiac G8, sole here for a 2009 indication year, was a previous-generation Commodore).

Until it stopped creation cars altogether in 2017, Holden also done a Caprice – though we didn’t get it either.

There aren’t many RWD options for about $20,000, detached from a 2015 Chrysler 300 ($20,450 used, according to a Canadian Black Book), 2015 Dodge Charger ($19,550) and 2013 Hyundai Genesis sedan ($19,550).

We’ll demeanour during a Charger and a Genesis. The Charger has some-more assertive looks (they make a patrolman automobile out of it) and offers all-wheel-drive. The Genesis beats it for comfort and reliability.

2015 Dodge Charger

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2015 Dodge Charger.


  • Seventh-generation: 2011-present (facelift for 2015)
  • Average seeking cost for base: $19,550 (Canadian Black Book)
  • Original MSRP: $33,495
  • Engine: 292-horsepower, 3.6-litre V-6
  • Transmission/Drive: Eight-speed automatic/Rear-wheel, all-wheel
  • Fuel economy (litres/100 km): 12.4 city, 7.7 highway (RWD); unchanging gas

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The Charger didn’t get a full redesign for 2015, though it competence as good have. The changes are large and for a better.

“The engine alone creates a Charger line fun to drive, a new extraneous and interior are winners, and a inexhaustible customary apparatus gives it good value,” a Globe Drive review said. “It’s a automobile to kick in a full-size sedan segment.”

There were 4 engines: a bottom V-6, a 370-hp 5.7-litre HEMI V-8, a 485-hp 6.4-litre HEMI V-8 and, finally, a 707-hp 6.2-litre supercharged HEMI V-8 in a well-named SRT Hellcat ($57,825 used). The dual V-6 versions, a SE and SXT, offering AWD.

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Consumer Reports favourite a “excellent” eight-speed involuntary with a intuitive shifter (compared to a prior version), gentle seats, and Fiat Chrysler’s easy-to-use Uconnect system. It griped about bad prominence and less-than-easy access, generally for a sedan.

Consumer Reports gave a 2015 Charger one out of 5 for reliability, with subscriber complaints about glitches with interior electronics. There were four recalls.

2013 Hyundai Genesis sedan

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2013 Hyundai Genesis.


  • First-generation: 2009-2014
  • Average seeking cost for base: $19,550 (Canadian Black Book)
  • Original MSRP: $39,999
  • Engine: 333-horsepower, 3.8-litre V-6
  • Transmission/Drive: Eight-speed automatic/Rear-wheel
  • Fuel economy (litres/100 km): 12.9 city, 8.6 highway; unchanging gas

With a Hyundai Genesis, we could get power, comfort and oppulance though carrying to hack adult for a German sedan. You’ll notice we left overwhelming good looks off a list.

“The Genesis looks like a Korean Buick and some-more like a Buicks of 10 years ago,” Globe Drive said. “Yet from an engineering indicate of view, it is superb.”

Hyundai spun a Genesis sedan (the coupe was a totally opposite vehicle) off into a possess code in 2015 (the second-generation sedan, that by afterwards had some additional style, became a Genesis G80).

“A convincing oppulance car, a Genesis has most to offer – it’s quiet, ample and well-equipped,” Consumer Reports said. “Further, a Hyundai’s easily finished cabin has scarcely easy behind seats. The powertrain delivers copiousness of punch.”

There were dual choice packages: reward (which enclosed parking support and a backup camera) and tech (which enclosed Lexicon 17-speaker audio and line depart warning).

Hyundai also offering a tip dog Genesis R-Spec, that had a 429-hp, 5.0-litre V-8 ($53,499 when new, $23,587 used).

The bottom V-6 had a some-more gentle float than a R-Spec, Edmunds said. It didn’t like that a Genesis didn’t offer AWD, a behind chair doesn’t overlay down and a braking is “disappointing,” Edmunds said.

Consumer Reports gave a 2013 Genesis sedan 4 out of 5 for reliability. There were no recalls.

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