Compiling a rundown of 10 best V8 sedans brings up a couple of issues. Firstly, the V8 engine is getting rarer. A decade or two ago, it was easy to find a regular American Sedan with V8 power. Since forced induction (turbocharging and supercharging) has become easier to control, boosted V6 engines and even four-cylinder units are making more power with greater fuel efficiency. Which leaves the V8 as a kind of special ingredient in certain cars.

This brings us to the second point: V8s are physically big engines, so they frequently go into big cars, which are often oriented toward luxury and/or performance. These V8 sedans, then, are exceptional rather than mainstream — precisely why they’re considered among the best.