Best Four-Cylinder Cars in 2020

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The Fastest, Most Efficient, and Even Fanciest Four-Cylinder Cars

Many years ago, four-cylinder engines got a bad rap for being underpowered, and they were often tossed into cheap commuter cars with few features to recommend them besides better gas mileage. But those days are long gone. Four-cylinder engines in the 21st Century can deliver both power and fuel efficiency, often thanks to turbochargers and sometimes as part of a hybrid powertrain. 

We’ve rounded up the best four-cylinder cars available today. Every car on this list has a high score that includes safety, predicted reliability, and professional reviews. Several have won or been finalists for our Best Cars of the Year awards in their classes. 

And there is a wide range of price points represented, from the very inexpensive to the very luxurious. The lowest and highest prices in this slide show are more than $40,000 apart, yet they sit next to each other because they each excel in the ways that count with car shoppers. 

As new information becomes available, we update our reviews. The scores mentioned in this slideshow might not match the scores found in the full reviews.

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