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Prices

MSRP $22,655 $18,700 $18,550
Invoice $21,182 $17,922 $17,601
Avg. Paid $8,730 $8,575 $9,519

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.1 8.0 8.0
Critics' Rating 8.8 8.8 9.1
Performance 8.2 7.6 8.9
Interior 7.8 8.4 8.2
Operating Cost 8.0 8.0 7.7
Safety 9.2 9.1 9.8
Reliability 3.0 3.0 2.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Competent engines
  • Taut handling
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Good fuel economy
  • High safety scores
  • Large, premium interior
  • Excellent handling
  • Cavernous cabin and trunk
  • Stand-out styling
Cons
  • Cheap interior materials with subpar build quality
  • Below-average safety score
  • Bland styling
  • Unrefined five-speed automatic
  • Some complaints of a soft suspension
  • Subpar fuel economy
  • Slightly underpowered base engine
  • Some reviewers complained of cheap interior materials
  • Poor reliability rating

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.4L/145 Gas I4 2.4L/144 Gas I4 2.5L/152
MPG 22 City / 33 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) 112.3 107.4 109.8
Length, Overall (in) 190.9 188.9 193.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.3 72.1 72.4
Height, Overall (in) 57.6 58.0 57.9

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3444 3292 3258

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 Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Chrome Wheels Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Optional
Navigation from Telematics Optional
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional Standard
Rear Floor Mats Optional Optional Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Optional Standard
Heated Mirrors Optional Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Optional 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.) - TBD - 105.4 101.9
Front Head Room (in) 39.4 40.1 39.4
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 43.7 42.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.9 57.4 57.3
Front Hip Room (in) 53.0 55.5 55.1
Second Head Room (in) 37.4 38.2 37.3
Second Leg Room (in) 37.6 37.4 38.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.0 56.9 56.5
Second Hip Room (in) 52.2 55.3 55.9
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 14.9 16.3 16.6

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

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

Seats

Cloth Seats Optional Standard Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Heated Passenger Seat Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard 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 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 Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 2.4L/145 2.4L/144 2.5L/152
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 169 @ 6400 175 @ 6000 170 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 160 @ 4500 168 @ 4000 167 @ 4000
Transmission Automatic Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 40.4 35.8 35.4

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 21 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 32 29
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.0 17.7 15.9

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent Independent Strut
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Independent Independent E-Type
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double-wishbone Double-Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Independent Multi-Link Multi-Link

Transmission

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