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Sedan
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  • Sedan
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  • Coupe
  • Coupe SULEV
  • Coupe
  • Coupe SULEV
  • Sedan
  • Sedan South Africa
  • Sedan
  • Coupe
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  • Convertible
  • Convertible SULEV
  • Coupe
  • Convertible
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3.0L V6 RWD
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  • 3.6L V6 RWD
  • 3.0L V6 RWD Luxury
  • 3.0L V6 AWD
  • 3.0L V6 RWD Performance
  • 3.6L V6 AWD
  • 3.0L V6 AWD Luxury
  • 3.6L V6 RWD Performance
  • 3.0L V6 AWD Performance
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  • 3.6L V6 RWD Premium
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  • 3.6L V6 AWD Premium
CXL RL1 (Russelsheim)
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  • CXL RL2 (Russelsheim)
  • CXL RL2 (Russelsheim)
  • CXL RL3 (Russelsheim)
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  • CXL RL4 (Russelsheim)
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  • CXL RL5 (Russelsheim)
  • CXL RL5 (Russelsheim)
  • CXL RL6 (Russelsheim)
  • CXL RL6 (Russelsheim)
  • CXL RL1 (Oshawa)
  • CXL RL1 (Oshawa)
  • CXL RL2 (Oshawa)
  • CXL RL2 (Oshawa)
  • CXL RL3 (Oshawa)
  • CXL RL3 (Oshawa)
  • CXL RL4 (Oshawa)
  • CXL RL4 (Oshawa)
  • CXL RL5 (Oshawa)
  • CXL RL5 (Oshawa)
  • CXL RL6 (Oshawa)
  • CXL RL6 (Oshawa)
  • CXL Turbo TO1 (Russelsheim)
  • CXL Turbo TO1 (Russelsheim)
  • CXL Turbo TO2 (Russelsheim)
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  • CXL Turbo TO3 (Russelsheim)
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  • CXL Turbo TO4 (Russelsheim)
  • CXL Turbo TO4 (Russelsheim)
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  • CXL Turbo TO6 (Russelsheim)
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  • CXL Turbo TO1 (Oshawa)
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Prices

MSRP $34,600 $35,345 $26,360
Invoice $31,830 $33,401 $25,306
Avg. Paid $20,961 $18,639 $14,955

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.6 9.0 8.4
Critics' Rating 9.6 8.9 9.2
Performance 9.4 8.7 9.0
Interior 7.9 8.2 9.0
Operating Cost 7.4 7.9 8.0
Safety 9.3 10.0 10.0
Reliability 3.5 5.0 2.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Potent engines
  • Fantastic handling
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Strong safety ratings
  • Nimble handling
  • Capable engines
  • Upscale interior
  • Excellent safety and reliability scores
  • Priced like an affordable midsize car, but competes against premium models
  • Well-balanced performance
  • Inviting interior
Cons
  • Cramped back seat
  • Low reliability score for the class
  • Base front seats may not be comfortable for some
  • Steering is too light
  • Base engine won't please enthusiasts

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I6 3.0L/183 Gas V6 3.0L/183 Gas L4 2.4L/147
MPG 18 City / 28 Hwy 16 City / 26 Hwy 19 City / 30 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 108.7 113.4 107.8
Length, Overall (in) 178.2 191.3 190.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.5 72.5 73.1
Height, Overall (in) 55.9 58.0 58.4

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3362 3849 3600

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional
Keyless Start Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Remote Engine Start Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard
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 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 93.0 98.0 96.8
Front Head Room (in) 38.5 38.8 38.8
Front Leg Room (in) 41.5 42.4 42.1
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.4 56.7 56.7
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 53.7 55.4
Second Head Room (in) 37.5 37.2 36.8
Second Leg Room (in) 34.6 36.1 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 54.7 54.4
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 53.0 52.3
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 12.0 13.6 14.2

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
Cassette Standard Optional Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Standard Standard
Premium Sound System Optional Standard
Entertainment System Optional
Hard Disk Drive 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 Optional Standard Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Standard
Cell Phone Hookup Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Optional Standard
Leather Seats Standard Optional Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard Optional Standard
Vinyl Seats Standard Optional Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional Standard
Driver Lumbar Optional Standard
Passenger Lumbar Optional
Seat Memory Standard
Power Driver Seat Optional Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Optional Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Optional Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Optional Standard Standard
Fixed Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Split 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 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
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard
Auto-Leveling Headlights Optional

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
Engine Type Gas I6 Gas V6 Gas L4
Displacement 3.0L/183 3.0L/183 2.4L/147
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 230 @ 6500 270 @ 7000 182 @ 6700
Torque (Net @ RPM) 200 @ 2750 223 @ 5700 172 @ 4900
Transmission Manual Manual Automatic w/manual shift
Turning diameter 36.1 35.0 37.4

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 16 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 26 30
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.1 18.0 18.0

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Double Pivot Independent SLA MacPherson strut
Suspension Type - Rear 5-Link Independent multi-link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Transmission

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