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CX
  • CX
  • CX-2
  • CXL
  • CXL Special Edition
  • CXL-3
  • CXL-4
  • CXL-5
  • Super
4dr Sdn SE FWD
  • 4dr Sdn SE FWD
  • 4dr Sdn SEL FWD
  • 4dr Sdn SEL AWD
  • 4dr Sdn Limited FWD
  • 4dr Sdn Limited AWD
4dr Sdn XL (Natl)
  • 4dr Sdn XL (Natl)
  • 4dr Sdn XL (GS)
  • 4dr Sdn XL (SE)
  • 4dr Sdn XLS (Natl)
  • 4dr Sdn XLS (GS)
  • 4dr Sdn XLS (SE)
  • 4dr Sdn Limited (Natl)
  • 4dr Sdn Limited (GS)
  • 4dr Sdn Limited (SE)

Prices

MSRP $29,265 $25,170 $27,845
Invoice $27,948 $23,103 $25,156
Avg. Paid $10,588 $9,731 $12,919

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.4 8.3 8.8
Critics' Rating 7.9 8.3 9.4
Performance 7.3 7.8 8.6
Interior 8.1 8.3 8.8
Operating Cost 7.8 7.8 7.9
Safety 9.2 9.4 9.4
Reliability 5.0 4.0 4.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Comfortable, quiet ride
  • Clean and uncluttered interior layout
  • Spacious interior with plenty of back-seat room
  • Outstanding reliability rating
  • Massive trunk space and plentiful legroom for its class
  • Excellent crash test scores
  • Great reliability rating
  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Excellent reliability and safety ratings
  • High fuel economy ratings for the class
Cons
  • Underpowered V6 engine
  • Lacks luxury options and contemporary appeal of competitors
  • Large turning radius and soft brakes
  • Engine could use more power
  • Some interior controls are complicated
  • Rear seats don’t fold, limiting cargo space

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 FlexFuel 3.9L/237 Gas V6 3.5L/213 Gas V6 3.5L/211
MPG 17 City / 26 Hwy 18 City / 28 Hwy 19 City / 28 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Dr Sedan CX 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 115.6 112.9 111.0
Length, Overall (in) 203.2 201.8 197.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.8 82.9 72.8
Height, Overall (in) 58.0 61.5 58.5

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3764 3739 3490

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Optional Standard Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Optional
Rear Floor Mats Standard Standard Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Optional
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 Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 108 108.0 106.9
Front Head Room (in) 39.5 39.6 38.9
Front Leg Room (in) 42.5 41.3 41.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.0 57.8 59.4
Front Hip Room (in) 56.7 53.7 55.8
Second Head Room (in) 37.6 38.8 37.5
Second Leg Room (in) 41.0 41.2 40.9
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.0 57.6 58.2
Second Hip Room (in) 57.0 53.6 56.2
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 17.0 21.2 14.4

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Optional Standard
Dual Zone A/C Optional Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

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

Seats

Cloth Seats Optional Standard Standard
Leather Seats Optional Standard Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Optional Standard Standard
Vinyl Seats Optional Standard Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard
Fixed Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Split 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 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
Auto-On Headlights Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Optional Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Adjustable Pedals Optional
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 FlexFuel Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 3.9L/237 3.5L/213 3.5L/211
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 227 @ 5700 263 @ 6250 268 @ 6200
Torque (Net @ RPM) 237 @ 3200 249 @ 4500 248 @ 4700
Transmission Automatic Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 42.2 41.0 36.9

Fuel

Flexible Fuel Capability Standard
Gasoline Fuel Optional Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 18 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 28 28
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 20.5 18.5

Suspension

Air Suspension Standard
Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent MacPherson MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Independent multi-link Multi-link Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Stabilizer bar
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Stabilizer bar

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
4-Speed Automatic Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard Standard
Manual Standard Standard Standard