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FWD LS
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  • FWD LT w/1LT
  • AWD LT w/1LT
  • FWD LT w/2LT
  • AWD LT w/2LT
  • FWD LTZ
  • AWD LTZ
FWD 4dr L4 Base (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr L4 Base (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr L4 Base (GS)
  • FWD 4dr L4 Base (SE)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Base (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Base (GS)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Base (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Base (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Base (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Base (SE)
  • FWD 4dr L4 SE (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr L4 SE (GS)
  • FWD 4dr L4 SE (SE)
  • FWD 4dr V6 SE (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 SE (GS)
  • FWD 4dr V6 SE (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 SE (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 SE (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 SE (SE)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Limited (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Limited (GS)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Limited (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited (SE)
FWD 4dr Base
  • FWD 4dr Base
  • 4WD 4dr Base
  • FWD 4dr XLT
  • 4WD 4dr XLT
  • FWD 4dr Limited
  • 4WD 4dr Limited

Prices

MSRP $29,370 $28,090 $28,360
Invoice $27,902 $25,647 $26,886
Avg. Paid $17,106 $20,725 $19,723

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.9 8.2 7.9
Critics' Rating 8.9 8.6 8.9
Performance 8.3 7.9 8.2
Interior 8.3 8.1 8.4
Operating Cost 7.6 7.8 7.9
Safety 9.3 9.3 10.0
Reliability 2.5 3.5 2.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Tons of cargo space
  • Roomy third row
  • Comfortable, quiet ride
  • Great fuel economy with base engine
  • High-quality interior
  • Strong safety and reliability scores
  • High-tech interior features
  • Good on- and off-road performance
  • Great safety scores
Cons
  • Large size can make it unwieldy
  • Third row is fairly cramped
  • Base engine is underpowered
  • Rivals offer more interior space
  • Uninspiring handling
  • Rivals have roomier third rows
  • Competitors offer more standard features

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.6L/220 Gas I4 2.7L/163 Gas V6 3.5L/213
MPG 17 City / 24 Hwy 20 City / 25 Hwy 17 City / 25 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door 4 Door 4 Door

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 118.9 109.8 112.6
Length, Overall (in) 205.0 188.4 197.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 78.4 75.2 78.9
Height, Overall (in) 70.4 68.1 70.4

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Running Boards Optional Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard Standard Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4790 3946 4557

Tires & Wheels

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

Towing

Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Optional Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional Optional
Luggage Rack Optional Optional Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Optional Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Optional Optional Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Optional
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Optional Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Mirrors Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 8 7 7
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 153.1 145.7 151.7
Front Head Room (in) 40.4 40.6 41.4
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 43.2 40.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 62.0 59.7 61.3
Front Hip Room (in) 59.1 56.7 57.3
Second Head Room (in) 39.4 40.1 40.5
Second Leg Room (in) 36.8 38.3 39.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 61.3 59.5 61.0
Second Hip Room (in) 57.8 56.5 56.7
Third Leg Room (in) 33.2 29.9 33.2
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 116.4 95.4 80.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 68.8 42.3 43.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.) 24.4 10.3 21.0

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Optional Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

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

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Additional Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Power Driver Seat Optional Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Optional 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 Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard

Brakes

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

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas I4 Gas V6
Displacement 3.6L/220 2.7L/163 3.5L/213
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 281 @ 6300 187 @ 5800 290 @ 6500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 266 @ 3400 186 @ 4100 255 @ 4100
Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 40.4 38.7 - TBD -

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 20 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 24 25 25
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 22.0 19.2 18.6

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent MacPherson
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Independent Multi-link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Transmission

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