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4dr HB SV
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  • 4dr HB SL
Automatic
  • Automatic
  • Manual with Special Edition
  • Automatic with Special Edition
  • Automatic with Technology Package
  • V6 Automatic
  • V6 Automatic with Technology Package
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Prices

MSRP $35,200 $30,010 $23,995
Invoice $33,707 $28,256 $23,035
Avg. Paid $18,102 $21,216 N/A

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.0 8.2 8.6
Critics' Rating 8.1 8.6 9.5
Performance 8.0 7.7 8.8
Interior 7.7 8.2 8.9
Safety 9.3 10.0 9.7
Reliability 3.0 3.5 2.0
Operating Cost 9.1 7.9 N/A

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Spacious front seats
  • Numerous standard features
  • Responsive electric motor
  • Powerful, smooth V6 engine
  • Impressive interior build quality
  • Supportive, spacious front seats
  • Long list of standard features
  • Good gas mileage
  • Well-made cabin
  • Spacious front and rear seats
Cons
  • Small cargo area
  • Limited rear-seat legroom
  • Some confusing interior controls

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Electric Gas I4 2.4L/144 Turbocharged Gas I4 2.0L/121
MPG N/A 22 City / 31 Hwy 21 City / 31 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Hatchback 4 Door Sedan 2 Door Hatchback

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 106.3 106.5 101.5
Length, Overall (in) 175.0 185.6 165.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 72.4 70.0
Height, Overall (in) 61.0 56.7 57.8

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 Standard Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3385 3470 3034

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
HID headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional Standard
Keyless Start Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
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.) 98.3 94.5 93.5
Front Head Room (in) 41.2 37.6 39.3
Front Leg Room (in) 42.1 42.4 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.4 57.8 54.6
Front Hip Room (in) 51.5 55.6 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 37.3 37.0 38.5
Second Leg Room (in) 31.1 34.3 35.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.5 56.1 53.1
Second Hip Room (in) 50.0 54.2 - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 24.0 - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 14.0

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 Standard
Premium Sound System Standard

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard
Leather Seats Standard
Heated Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Heated Rear Seat Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Seat Memory Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard
Power Passenger Seat 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 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 Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Front Tow Hooks Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Electric Motor Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Electric Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Displacement 2.4L/144 2.0L/121
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 107 @ - TBD - 201 @ 7000 200 @ 5100-6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 207 @ - TBD - 170 @ 4300 207 @ 1800-5000
Transmission Automatic Automatic Manual
Turning diameter 34.1 36.7 35.8

Fuel

Electric Fuel System Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 31
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 14.5

Suspension

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

Transmission

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