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2WD 4dr V6 S
  • 2WD 4dr V6 S
  • 4WD 4dr V6 S
  • 2WD 4dr V6 SE
  • 4WD 4dr V6 SE
  • 4WD 4dr V6 SE Off Road
  • 2WD 4dr V6 LE
  • 4WD 4dr V6 LE
  • 4WD 4dr V8 LE
RWD 4dr V6 XLT
  • RWD 4dr V6 XLT
  • RWD 4dr V8 XLT
  • 4WD 4dr V6 XLT
  • AWD 4dr V6 XLT
  • RWD 4dr V6 Eddie Bauer
  • 4WD 4dr V8 XLT
  • AWD 4dr V8 XLT
  • RWD 4dr V8 Eddie Bauer
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Eddie Bauer
  • AWD 4dr V6 Eddie Bauer
  • 4WD 4dr V8 Eddie Bauer
  • AWD 4dr V8 Eddie Bauer
  • RWD 4dr V6 Limited
  • RWD 4dr V8 Limited
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited
  • AWD 4dr V6 Limited
  • 4WD 4dr V8 Limited
  • AWD 4dr V8 Limited
FWD 4dr V6 Base (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Base (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Base (GS)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Base (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Base (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Base (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Base (SE)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Sport (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Sport (GS)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Sport (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Sport (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Sport (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Sport (SE)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Limited (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Limited (GS)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Limited (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited (SE)

Prices

MSRP $27,210 $28,470 $27,600
Invoice $25,499 $26,458 $24,840
Avg. Paid $12,100 $12,142 $15,930

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.3 8.3 8.7
Critics' Rating 8.0 8.1 8.8
Performance 7.6 7.8 7.8
Interior 8.0 8.0 8.1
Operating Cost 7.2 7.2 7.6
Safety 8.2 8.4 9.2
Reliability 2.5 5.0 5.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Capable off-road
  • Roomy interior
  • Quiet cabin
  • Good road manners for a big, truck-based SUV
  • Capable SUV for towing and off-roading
  • Outstanding reliability rating
  • Fuel-efficient base engine
  • Smooth ride
  • Top reliability score
  • Good safety ratings
Cons
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Low reliability and safety scores
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Some cheap-feeling interior materials
  • Not much fun to drive
  • Cramped third row

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 4.0L/241 Gas V6 4.0L/245 Gas V6 3.5L/- TBD -
MPG 15 City / 22 Hwy 14 City / 20 Hwy 18 City / 24 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door 4 Door 4 Door

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 112.2 113.7 109.8
Length, Overall (in) 192.3 188.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.8 73.7 75.2
Height, Overall (in) 72.0 71.9 68.1
Step Up Height - Front (in) - TBD -
Step Up Height - Side (in) - TBD -

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional Optional
Sunroof Sunshield Optional Optional
Running Boards Optional Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4446 3979

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Optional
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Optional
Full Size Spare Tire Standard Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional

Towing

Trailer Hitch Receiver Standard Optional Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Optional
Fog Lamps Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Optional Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Luggage Rack Standard Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard Optional Optional
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Standard Optional
Rear Floor Mats Optional Standard Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Optional Optional
Heated Mirrors Optional Optional
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Optional Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 7 5 7
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 149.1 145.7
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 39.8 39.7
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 42.4 43.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 59.0 59.7
Front Hip Room (in) 55.5 55.4 56.7
Second Head Room (in) 39.0 38.7 40.1
Second Leg Room (in) 34.2 36.9 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.4 58.9 59.5
Second Hip Room (in) 57.6 55.5 56.5
Third Leg Room (in) 28.1 29.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 79.2 85.8 95.4
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 49.2 45.1 42.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.) 16.5 10.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (cu. ft.)

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Optional
Premium Sound System Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C Optional Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Leather Seats Optional
Additional Rear Seat Standard Optional Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Heated Passenger Seat Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Optional
Power Driver Seat Standard Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights Optional Optional
Daytime Running Lights Optional Optional
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Adjustable Pedals Optional
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 4.0L/241 4.0L/245 3.5L/- TBD -
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 266 @ 5600 210 @ 5100 270 @ 6200
Torque (Net @ RPM) 288 @ 4000 254 @ 3700 248 @ 4700
Transmission Automatic Automatic w/OD Automatic
Turning diameter 39.2 36.8 38.7

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 15 14 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 20 24
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 22.5 19.2

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double-Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Double-Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front Independent SLA
Suspension Type - Rear Independent SLA

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Automatic Standard Standard Standard