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2dr Cabriolet CVT FrontTrak Premium
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Prices

MSRP $48,050 $36,200 $42,000
Invoice $44,686 $33,305 $39,060
Avg. Paid $24,436 $18,251 $23,229

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.2 8.4 7.9
Critics' Rating 9.0 9.7 9.2
Performance 8.0 9.3 8.3
Interior 8.5 8.1 8.2
Operating Cost 6.9 7.3 7.4
Safety 10.0 9.0 N/A
Reliability 3.0 3.0 2.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Good engine power with balanced handling
  • Plush, premium interior quality and comfort
  • Strong safety scores and reliability ratings
  • Smooth engine options
  • Athletic handling
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Stowed convertible top occupies little space
  • High-quality interior
  • Agile handling
Cons
  • Limited rear-seat space
  • Complicated driver interface system
  • Not as sporty as competitors
  • Low reliability score
  • iDrive can be difficult to use
  • Below-average reliability score
  • Not as powerful as some competitors

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Manual Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.5L/213 Gas I6 3.0L/183 Gas I4 2.0L/121.1
MPG 17 City / 26 Hwy 18 City / 28 Hwy 23 City / 30 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe 2 Door Convertible

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 106.9 108.7 108.3
Length, Overall (in) 185.0 180.6 182.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 75.9 70.2 73.0
Height, Overall (in) 55.0 54.9 54.4

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Convertible Soft Top Standard
Sun/Moon Roof Standard Optional
Panoramic Roof Standard
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Sunroof Sunshield Optional
Sunroof Wind Deflector Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3683 3351 3880

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Optional 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
HID headlights Optional Standard
Keyless Start Optional Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Optional Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional
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 4 4
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) - TBD - 88.5
Front Head Room (in) 37.1 38.4 39.9
Front Leg Room (in) 42.0 41.8 41.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.1 55.3 54.3
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 35.8 36.8 36.3
Second Leg Room (in) 32.9 33.7 31.9
Second Shoulder Room (in) 48.9 51.9 46.9
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 15.9 11.1 10.2

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

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

Seats

Leather Seats Standard Optional Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Cooled Driver Seat Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional Optional Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Optional Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard Optional
Seat Memory Standard Optional
Power Driver Seat Standard Optional Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Optional 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 Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag 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
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas I6 Gas I4
Displacement 3.5L/213 3.0L/183 2.0L/121.1
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 268 @ 6000 230 @ 6500 211 @ 4300-6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 258 @ 2400 - 5000 200 @ 2750 258 @ 1500-4200
Transmission Automatic w/OD Manual Automatic
Turning diameter 35.3 36.1 37.4

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 18 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 28 30
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.4 16.1 17.2

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Strut Double Pivot 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear 5-arm Multi-Link 5-Link Trapezoidal
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Anti-Dive

Transmission

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