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2dr Cpe Manual Touring
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  • 2dr Cpe Manual Touring
  • 2dr Cpe Auto Touring
  • 2dr Roadster Auto
  • 2dr Cpe Manual NISMO
  • 2dr Roadster Manual Touring
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2dr Conv Man Touring
  • 2dr Conv Man Sport
  • 2dr Conv Auto Sport
  • 2dr Conv Man Touring
  • 2dr Conv Auto Touring
  • 2dr Conv Man Grand Touring
  • 2dr Conv Hard Top Man Touring
  • 2dr Conv Auto Grand Touring
  • 2dr Conv Hard Top Auto Touring
  • 2dr Conv Hard Top Man Grand Touring
  • 2dr Conv Hard Top Auto Grand Touring
 

Prices

MSRP $21,300 $36,980 $25,830
Invoice $19,170 $34,250 $24,415
Avg. Paid $15,722 $26,241 $17,889

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.4 7.9 8.3
Critics' Rating 7.4 8.5 9.4
Performance 8.0 8.4 8.9
Interior 7.3 7.2 6.4
Operating Cost 7.8 7.5 7.9
Safety N/A N/A N/A
Reliability 2.5 3.0 3.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Nimble handling
  • Useful trunk space
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Nimble handling
  • Powerful engine
  • Attractive, upscale interior
  • Superb handling
  • Great reliability score
Cons
  • Poor rearward visibility
  • Oddly-placed interior controls
  • Road noise at highway speeds
  • Limited interior space
  • Cramped interior

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 1.6L/98 Gas V6 3.7L/- TBD - Gas I4 2.0L/122
MPG 29 City / 37 Hwy 18 City / 26 Hwy 21 City / 28 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Coupe 2 Door Coupe 2 Door Convertible

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 97.1 100.4 91.7
Length, Overall (in) 146.8 167.2 157.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 66.3 72.6 67.7
Height, Overall (in) 54.3 51.8 49.0

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Convertible Soft Top Standard
Rear Spoiler Standard Optional Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2557 3291 2480

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Standard Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Optional Standard
HID headlights Optional Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start Standard Standard
Luggage Rack Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard 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
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Optional
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Optional Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Optional Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Optional Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional
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 2 2 2
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) - TBD - 51.6 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 38.4 38.2 37.4
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7 42.9 43.1
Front Shoulder Room (in) 50.3 54.4 53.2
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 54.6 50.6
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.)
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 6.9 5.3

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Optional Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Optional Standard
Leather Seats Optional Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard
Power Passenger Seat 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
Rear Head Air Bag 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 Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Front Tow Hooks Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Optional Optional
Front Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas V6 Gas I4
Displacement 1.6L/98 3.7L/- TBD - 2.0L/122
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 121 @ 6000 332 @ 7000 167 @ 7000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 114 @ 4250 270 @ 5200 140 @ 5000
Transmission Manual Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 35.1 32.8 30.8

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 29 18 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 37 26 28
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 10.6 19 12.7

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Independent Multi-link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Multi-Link

Transmission

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