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LS
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  • LT 1LT
  • LT 2LT
  • LTZ
4dr Sdn I4 Man GLS
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Man GLS
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Auto GLS
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Auto GLS PZEV
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Man SE *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Auto SE
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Auto SE PZEV
  • 4dr Sdn V6 Auto GLS
  • 4dr Sdn V6 Auto SE
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Auto Limited
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Auto Limited PZEV
  • 4dr Sdn V6 Auto Limited
4dr Sdn I4 S FWD
  • 4dr Sdn I4 S FWD
  • 4dr Sdn I4 SE FWD
  • 4dr Sdn I4 SEL FWD
  • 4dr Sdn V6 SE FWD
  • 4dr Sdn V6 SEL FWD
  • 4dr Sdn V6 SE AWD
  • 4dr Sdn V6 SEL AWD

Prices

MSRP $21,605 $18,700 $19,035
Invoice $20,417 $17,922 $17,707
Avg. Paid $9,511 $8,575 $9,089

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.3 8.0 8.8
Critics' Rating 9.4 8.8 8.9
Performance 7.9 7.6 7.9
Interior 8.4 8.4 8.2
Operating Cost 8.0 8.0 7.6
Safety 9.2 9.1 9.6
Reliability 3.0 3.0 5.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Balanced ride
  • Supportive, roomy front seats
  • Good fuel economy
  • High safety scores
  • Large, premium interior
  • Engaging handling
  • Available AWD
  • Outstanding reliability and safety scores
  • Plenty of passenger and cargo space
Cons
  • Small back seat
  • Low safety score
  • Bland styling
  • Unrefined five-speed automatic
  • Some complaints of a soft suspension
  • Interior ergonomics received mixed reviews
  • Underpowered base engine

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas 4-Cyl 2.4L/146.5 Gas I4 2.4L/144 Gas I4 2.3L/140
MPG 22 City / 30 Hwy 21 City / 32 Hwy 20 City / 29 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 112.3 107.4 107.4
Length, Overall (in) 191.8 188.9 190.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.3 72.1 80.1
Height, Overall (in) 57.1 58.0 57.2

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3415 3292 3181

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front Touring Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Touring Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional Standard
Rear Floor Mats Optional Optional Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard
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 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 97.7 105.4 100.4
Front Head Room (in) 39.4 40.1 38.7
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 43.7 42.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.9 57.4 57.4
Front Hip Room (in) 53.0 55.5 54.0
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 38.2 37.8
Second Leg Room (in) 37.6 37.4 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.9 56.9 56.5
Second Hip Room (in) 52.1 55.3 53.3
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 15.1 16.3 15.8

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Standard

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat 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 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 Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Optional
Auto-On Headlights Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Optional
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Optional
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 2.4L/146.5 2.4L/144 2.3L/140
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 169 @ 6400 175 @ 6000 160 @ 6250
Torque (Net @ RPM) 160 @ 4500 168 @ 4000 156 @ 4250
Transmission Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD Manual
Turning diameter 40.4 35.8 38.7

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 21 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 32 29
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16 17.7 17.5

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent Independent double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Independent Independent Independent multi-link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double-wishbone w/Stabilizer bars
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link w/Stabilizer bars

Transmission

Automatic Standard Optional
4-Speed Automatic Standard
5-Speed Automatic Optional
Manual Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard