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2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man
  • 4dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB DSG
  • 4dr HB DSG
Convertible
  • Coupe
  • Coupe SULEV
  • Convertible
  • Convertible SULEV
  • Coupe
  • Convertible
4dr Sdn Man i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Man s Sport
  • 5dr HB Man s Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Sport
  • 5dr HB Auto s Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Man s Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Man s Grand Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto s Grand Touring

Prices

MSRP $23,465 $34,200 $15,345
Invoice $21,885 $31,465 $14,387
Avg. Paid $14,298 $18,731 $9,281

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.0 7.6 8.4
Critics' Rating 9.2 8.4 9.5
Performance 8.9 9.0 8.7
Interior 9.0 7.2 8.5
Operating Cost 7.8 7.2 8.0
Safety 9.0 N/A 9.3
Reliability 2.0 2.0 3.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Well-rounded driving dynamics
  • Good gas mileage
  • Spacious, high-quality interior
  • Powerful engines
  • Athletic handling
  • Great interior quality
  • Outstanding performance
  • Quality interior
  • Good safety scores
Cons
  • Poor reliability score
  • Tight second-row seats
  • Little cargo space
  • Low reliability rating
  • Below-average reliability rating
  • Divisive smiling front grille
  • Cramped second-row seats

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas Turbocharged I4 2.0L/121 Gas I6 3.0L/183 Gas I4 2.0L/122
MPG 21 City / 31 Hwy 18 City / 28 Hwy 25 City / 33 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 2 Door HB 2 Door Convertible 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 101.5 104.7 103.9
Length, Overall (in) 165.8 172.2 180.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.0 68.8 69.1
Height, Overall (in) 57.8 55.6 57.9

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Convertible Soft Top Standard
Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3034 3494 2868

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
HID headlights Optional Optional
Keyless Start Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Optional Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Optional
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard Standard
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
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Optional
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Optional
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 4 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 93.5 78 94.1
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 38.6 38.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 41.2 42.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 54.0 54.9
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - 53.7
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 37.0 37.5
Second Leg Room (in) 35.5 31.3 36.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.6 42.2 54.0
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - 52.2
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 8 11.8

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

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

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard
Leather Seats Optional Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Heated Driver Seat Standard Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Optional
Passenger Lumbar Standard Optional
Seat Memory Optional
Power Driver Seat Optional
Power Passenger Seat Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Optional Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard

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
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Rollover Protection System Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Gas Turbocharged I4 Gas I6 Gas I4
Displacement 2.0L/121 3.0L/183 2.0L/122
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 200 @ 5100-6000 230 @ 6500 148 @ 6500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 207 @ 1800-5000 200 @ 2750 135 @ 4500
Transmission Manual Manual Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 35.8 35.1 17.1

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 18 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 28 33
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 14 14.5

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Independent Double-Pivot MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Multi-link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut Strut Type w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) 4-link w/Coil Springs

Transmission

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