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LS
  • LS
  • LT
  • LTZ
4dr Sdn (Natl)
  • 4dr Sdn (Natl)
  • 4dr Sdn Limited (Natl)
FWD Base
  • FWD Base
  • FWD Convenience
  • FWD Leather
  • FWD Premium 1
  • FWD Premium 2
  • AWD Leather
  • AWD Premium 1
  • FWD Premium 3
  • AWD Premium 2
  • FWD Touring

Prices

MSRP $25,760 $33,195 $30,170
Invoice $24,730 $29,876 $28,963
Avg. Paid $13,435 $22,190 $19,134

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.3 8.9 8.6
Critics' Rating 6.5 8.7 8.4
Performance 6.6 8.4 8.2
Interior 6.7 8.4 8.5
Operating Cost 7.9 7.9 7.9
Safety 8.6 9.7 9.7
Reliability 4.0 5.0 4.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Large trunk
  • High reliability rating
  • Good fuel economy
  • Comfortable ride
  • Roomy, upscale cabin
  • Good fuel economy with eAssist
  • Powerful available V6
  • First-rate, attractive cabin
Cons
  • Sloppy handling
  • Bland interior styling
  • Second-rate interior materials
  • Sloppy handling
  • Small trunk
  • Poor rearward visibility

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.6L/217 Gas V6 3.5L/211 Gas/Electric I4 2.4/145
MPG 18 City / 30 Hwy 19 City / 28 Hwy 25 City / 36 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 110.5 111.0 111.7
Length, Overall (in) 200.4 197.6 196.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.9 72.8 73.1
Height, Overall (in) 58.7 58.5 59.2

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3555 3572 3829

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional
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 Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Optional Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard
Mirror Memory Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 104.5 106.9 100.0
Front Head Room (in) 39.4 38.9 38.0
Front Leg Room (in) 42.3 41.3 41.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.7 59.4 57.4
Front Hip Room (in) 56.4 55.8 55.2
Second Head Room (in) 37.8 37.5 37.3
Second Leg Room (in) 37.6 40.9 40.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.6 58.2 56.0
Second Hip Room (in) 57.2 56.2 53.9
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 18.6 14.4 10.8

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

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

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard
Leather Seats Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Optional
Seat Memory Optional
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Split Bench Seat Optional
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 Optional

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
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release 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 V6 Gas/Electric I4
Displacement 3.6L/217 3.5L/211 2.4/145
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 300 @ 6500 268 @ 6200 182 @ 6700
Torque (Net @ RPM) 262 @ 5300 248 @ 4700 172 @ 4900
Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic w/manual shift
Turning diameter 38.0 36.9 38.8

Fuel

Flexible Fuel Capability Optional
Hybrid Fuel Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 19 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 28 36
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.0 18.5 15.7

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Tri-Link Multi-link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Touring
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Touring

Transmission

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