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4dr HB Man FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
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Prices

MSRP $35,200 $23,995 $27,270
Invoice $33,707 $23,035 $25,361
Avg. Paid $18,102 N/A N/A

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.0 8.6 8.2
Critics' Rating 8.1 9.5 8.3
Performance 8.1 8.8 8.5
Interior 7.6 8.9 7.9
Safety 9.3 9.7 10.0
Reliability 3.0 2.0 3.0
Operating Cost 9.1 N/A N/A

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Spacious front seats
  • Numerous standard features
  • Responsive electric motor
  • Good gas mileage
  • Well-made cabin
  • Spacious front and rear seats
  • Smooth manual and automatic transmissions
  • Fuel-efficient diesel engine
  • High-quality cabin materials
Cons
  • Small cargo area
  • Some confusing interior controls
  • Confusing navigation system
  • Cramped rear seats

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Electric Turbocharged Gas I4 2.0L/121 Turbocharged Gas I4 2.0L/121
MPG N/A 21 City / 31 Hwy 21 City / 30 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Hatchback 2 Door Hatchback Hatchback

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 106.3 101.5 101.500
Length, Overall (in) 175.0 165.8 169.000
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 70.0 78.500
Height, Overall (in) 61.0 57.8 56.000

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Standard Standard Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3385 3034 3219

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional Standard
Keyless Start Standard
Luggage Rack Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard 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 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 98.3 93.5 89.000
Front Head Room (in) 41.2 39.3 39.300
Front Leg Room (in) 42.1 41.2 41.200
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.4 54.6 54.400
Front Hip Room (in) 51.5 - TBD - - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 37.3 38.5 36.900
Second Leg Room (in) 31.1 35.5 34.800
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.5 53.1 52.800
Second Hip Room (in) 50.0 - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 24.0 - TBD - 39.000

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
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard Optional

Seats

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

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
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

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Electric Motor Standard
Turbocharged Standard Standard
Engine Type Electric Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Displacement 2.0L/121 2.0L/121
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 107 @ - TBD - 200 @ 5100-6000 200 @ 5100-6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 207 @ - TBD - 207 @ 1800-5000 207 @ 1800-5000
Transmission Automatic Manual Manual
Turning diameter 34.1 35.8 35.100

Fuel

Electric Fuel System Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 30
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 14.500

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Multi-Link Four Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs

Transmission

Automatic Standard
1-Speed Automatic Standard
Manual Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard Standard