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Coupe
  • Sedan
  • Sedan SULEV
  • Sedan
  • Sedan SULEV
  • Coupe
  • Coupe SULEV
  • Coupe
  • Coupe SULEV
  • Sedan
  • Coupe
  • Sedan
  • Coupe
  • Convertible
  • Convertible SULEV
  • Convertible
2WD
  • 2WD
  • SH-AWD
  • 2WD w/Technology Package
  • SH-AWD w/Technology Package
  • SH-AWD w/Technology Package and HPT
4dr Sdn
  • 4dr Sdn

Prices

MSRP $36,500 $34,955 $34,470
Invoice $33,580 $32,136 $31,253
Avg. Paid $15,992 $16,840 $16,795

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.1 8.9 9.0
Critics' Rating 9.8 8.8 9.3
Performance 9.3 8.2 8.5
Interior 8.0 8.8 8.9
Operating Cost 7.2 7.5 7.7
Safety 9.0 10.0 9.1
Reliability 2.0 5.0 5.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Smooth manual transmission
  • Sporty, composed handling
  • Refined engine options
  • Good handling in AWD models
  • Upscale, modern interior
  • Comfortable seats
  • Stellar safety and reliability scores
  • High-quality, luxurious cabin
  • Comfortable seats
  • Smooth, refined engine
  • Exceptional reliability
Cons
  • Finicky iDrive system
  • Poor reliability rating
  • Button-heavy center stack may be confusing for some
  • Polarizing looks
  • Too isolated and soft for some
  • Low safety ratings

General Specs

Transmission Manual Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I6 3.0L/183 Gas V6 3.5L/- TBD - Gas V6 3.5L/210
MPG 18 City / 28 Hwy 18 City / 26 Hwy 19 City / 27 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 108.7 109.3 109.3
Length, Overall (in) 180.6 195.3 191.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.2 74.0 71.7
Height, Overall (in) 54.1 57.2 57.1

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard Standard Standard
Panoramic Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard Standard Standard
Sunroof Sunshield Standard Standard
Sunroof Wind Deflector Standard
Rear Spoiler Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3351 3708 3580

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
HID headlights Standard Standard Optional
Keyless Start 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
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Optional
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Optional
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Rear Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Optional Standard Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional
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 4 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 88.5 98.2 95.4
Front Head Room (in) 37.1 38.4 37.4
Front Leg Room (in) 41.8 42.5 42.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.3 58.1 57.3
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 55.7 55.9
Second Head Room (in) 36.1 36.7 36.8
Second Leg Room (in) 33.7 36.2 35.9
Second Shoulder Room (in) 51.9 56.2 56.3
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 54.8 52.8
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 11.1 13.1 14.7

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

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

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard
Leather Seats Optional Standard Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Cooled Driver Seat Optional
Cooled Passenger Seat Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional Standard Optional
Heated Passenger Seat Optional Standard Optional
Driver Lumbar Optional Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Optional Standard
Seat Memory Optional Standard Optional
Power Driver Seat Optional Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Optional 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
Rear Body Air Bag Optional

Brakes

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

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 3.0L/183 3.5L/- TBD - 3.5L/210
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 230 @ 6500 280 @ - TBD - 272 @ 6200
Torque (Net @ RPM) 200 @ 2750 254 @ - TBD - 254 @ 4700
Transmission Manual Automatic w/OD Automatic
Turning diameter 36.1 19.2 36.7

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 18 (Est) 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 26 (Est) 27
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.9 18.5 18.5

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Double Pivot Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear 5-Link Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double Wishbone MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Dual-Link

Transmission

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