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4dr Sdn V6 CVT 3.5 S
  • 4dr Sdn V6 CVT 3.5 S
  • 4dr Sdn V6 CVT 3.5 SV
  • 4dr Sdn V6 CVT 3.5 SV w/Sport Pkg
  • 4dr Sdn V6 CVT 3.5 SV w/Premium Pkg
4dr Sdn
  • 4dr Sdn
3.0L V6 RWD
  • 3.0L V6 RWD
  • 3.0L V6 RWD Luxury
  • 3.0L V6 AWD
  • 3.0L V6 RWD Performance
  • 3.0L V6 AWD Luxury
  • 3.6L V6 RWD Performance
  • 3.0L V6 AWD Performance
  • 3.6L V6 AWD Performance
  • 3.6L V6 RWD Premium
  • 3.6L V6 AWD Premium

Prices

MSRP $30,690 $34,120 $35,165
Invoice $28,113 $30,594 $33,231
Avg. Paid $16,725 $14,129 $15,520

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.9 9.0 8.7
Critics' Rating 7.8 9.3 9.3
Performance 8.2 8.5 8.9
Interior 8.1 8.9 8.5
Operating Cost 7.9 7.8 7.9
Safety 9.8 9.1 9.2
Reliability 3.0 5.0 4.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Refined handling
  • Powerful engine
  • Spacious back seat
  • Refined, comfortable ride
  • Supple cabin
  • Smooth engine
  • Stellar reliability score
  • Refined handling
  • Ample power from either engine
  • Upscale interior with intuitive design
  • Excellent safety and reliability scores
Cons
  • Not as sporty as true sport sedans
  • Some interior cheapness
  • Suspension too soft for much excitement
  • Low safety score for the class
  • Front seats lack adequate bolstering

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.5L/- TBD - Gas V6 3.5L/210 Gas V6 3.0L/183
MPG 19 City / 26 Hwy 19 City / 27 Hwy 16 City / 26 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 109.3 109.3 113.4
Length, Overall (in) 190.6 191.1 191.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.2 71.7 72.5
Height, Overall (in) 57.8 57.1 59.1

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3540 3580 3861

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional
Keyless Start Standard Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Optional Standard
Navigation from Telematics Optional
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Optional
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Standard Standard
Rear Floor Mats Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard
Mirror Memory Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror 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.) 95.8 95.4 98
Front Head Room (in) 38.5 37.4 38.8
Front Leg Room (in) 43.8 42.2 42.4
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 57.3 56.7
Front Hip Room (in) 53.4 55.9 55.1
Second Head Room (in) 36.4 36.8 37.2
Second Leg Room (in) 34.6 35.9 35.9
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 56.3 54.7
Second Hip Room (in) 53.9 52.8 54.1
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 14.2 14.7 13.6

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
Cassette Optional
CD Changer Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Standard
Premium Sound System Optional Standard
Entertainment System 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
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard
Leather Seats Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Optional
Cooled Driver Seat Optional
Cooled Passenger Seat Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Heated Passenger Seat Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Seat Memory Optional
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard 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
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 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 Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard 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
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 3.5L/- TBD - 3.5L/210 3.0L/183
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 290 @ 6400 272 @ 6200 270 @ 7000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 261 @ 4400 254 @ 4700 223 @ 5700
Transmission Continuously Variable Automatic Manual
Turning diameter 37.4 36.7 35.0

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 19 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 27 26
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 20.0 18.5 18

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Independent strut Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/coil springs MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/coil springs Dual-Link

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Optional
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard Optional
Continuously Variable Trans Standard
Manual Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard