The Car Guide’s 2020 Best Buys: Volkswagen Arteon

Every year, The Car Guide publishes its Best Buys in nearly 30 different vehicle categories. Today we continue our review of the 2020 winners with a look at full-size sedans, where a German newcomer has dethroned the venerable Japanese.

The Volkswagen Arteon (MSRP from $49,690) is our Best Buy for 2020 despite a substantially higher base price. Why? Think of it as a more affordable Audi.

The Arteon boasts a seductive design, further enhanced by the versatility of its hatchback configuration. Under the hood, you’ll find a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that sends 268 horsepower to the ground through VW’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.

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One trim level is available in Canada, the fully loaded Execline, which includes leather upholstery, a massaging driver’s seat, an infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen and a 700-watt Dynaudio sound system. The 12.3-inch Digital Cockpit in front of the driver is pretty sharp, too.

The Arteon further impresses with remarkable road manners. Offering various drive modes, it always seems to be ready for the task at hand.

Second place in the full-size sedan segment goes to the Toyota Avalon (MSRP from $42,690). Redesigned a year ago, it delivers great ride quality and sportier driving dynamics than its predecessor. We also like its new, edgier design and the combination of power (301 hp) and efficiency from the 3.5-litre V6. Also, don’t forget about reliability!

Finally, the Nissan Maxima (MSRP from $41,140) ranks third thanks to its sporty look and driving character. The 3.5-litre V6 under the hood is a strong performer. Furthermore, we like the luxurious feel of the cockpit and the low maintenance costs.

The Car Guide’s 2020 Scores

  1. Volkswagen Arteon – 82%
  2. Toyota Avalon – 81%
  3. Nissan Altima – 80%
Photo: Volkswagen Canada Inc.
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