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4dr Sdn FWD *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Sdn FWD *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Sdn AWD *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Sdn Premier FWD *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Sdn Premier AWD *Ltd Avail*
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)
4dr Sdn SE FWD
  • 4dr Sdn SE FWD
  • 4dr Sdn SEL FWD
  • 4dr Sdn SEL AWD
  • 4dr Sdn Limited FWD
  • 4dr Sdn Limited AWD

Prices

MSRP $25,120 $27,845 $25,170
Invoice $23,083 $25,156 $23,103
Avg. Paid $9,419 $12,241 $9,154

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.5 8.8 8.2
Critics' Rating 9.0 9.4 8.3
Performance 7.5 8.6 7.7
Interior 7.6 8.8 8.3
Operating Cost 7.7 7.8 7.7
Safety 9.4 9.4 9.4
Reliability 4.5 4.0 4.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Comfortably seats five
  • Loads of cargo room
  • Excellent reliability and safety scores
  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Excellent reliability and safety ratings
  • High fuel economy ratings for the class
  • Massive trunk space and plentiful legroom for its class
  • Excellent crash test scores
  • Great reliability rating
Cons
  • Disappointing transmission and handling dynamics
  • Some confusing interior controls
  • Bland exterior design
  • Rear seats don’t fold, limiting cargo space
  • Engine could use more power
  • Some interior controls are complicated

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.5L/- TBD - Gas V6 3.5L/211 Gas V6 3.5L/213
MPG 18 City / 28 Hwy 19 City / 28 Hwy 18 City / 28 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 112.9 111.0 112.9
Length, Overall (in) 202.1 197.2 201.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 74.5 72.8 82.9
Height, Overall (in) 61.5 58.5 61.5

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3741 3490 3739

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Optional Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard 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
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Optional Standard
Rear Floor Mats Standard Optional Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Optional
Heated Mirrors Optional
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Optional
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.) 108.0 106.9 108.0
Front Head Room (in) 39.6 38.9 39.6
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 41.3 41.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.8 59.4 57.8
Front Hip Room (in) 53.7 55.8 53.7
Second Head Room (in) 38.8 37.5 38.8
Second Leg Room (in) 41.2 40.9 41.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.6 58.2 57.6
Second Hip Room (in) 53.6 56.2 53.6
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 21.2 14.4 21.2

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

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

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Leather Seats Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Heated Passenger Seat Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard 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 Standard
Auto-On Headlights Optional Standard
Daytime Running Lights Optional Standard Optional
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Adjustable Pedals Optional 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 Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 3.5L/- TBD - 3.5L/211 3.5L/213
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 263 @ 6250 268 @ 6200 263 @ 6250
Torque (Net @ RPM) 249 @ 4500 248 @ 4700 249 @ 4500
Transmission Automatic Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 40.0 36.9 41.0

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 19 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 28 28
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 20.0 18.5 20.5

Suspension

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

Transmission

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

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.