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The appeal of the sedan

Edward Lapham is editor of Automotive News

Nov. 20 -- The good, old family car has changed over the years. First, it was downsized to accommodate smaller families and higher fuel prices.

Then along came the minivan, the SUV and now the crossover vehicle.

Still, the need for a basic, family sedan endures. Americans buy more than four million of them each year, with the Ford Taurus, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry leading the pack.

This year, there are more souped-up and dressed-up mid-sized cars that go beyond plain vanilla. That includes versions of the Camry, Accord, Taurus, even the Nissan Altima and Chevy Impala.

Why? We car buyers got bored. It seems that we want more than practicality in our family car.

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