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  • 5dr HB Five (Natl)

Prices

MSRP $35,200 $24,200  
Invoice $33,707 $22,748
Avg. Paid $18,102 N/A

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.0 8.3  
Critics' Rating 8.1 8.8
Performance 8.0 7.4
Interior 7.7 7.3
Safety 9.3 9.3
Reliability 3.0 3.5
Operating Cost 9.1 N/A

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Spacious front seats
  • Numerous standard features
  • Responsive electric motor
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Large cargo area
  • High reliability rating
  • Spacious back seat
 
Cons
  • Small cargo area
  • Lackluster performance
  • Some complaints of cheap interior materials

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic  
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Electric Gas/Electric I4 1.8L/110
MPG N/A 51 City / 48 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Hatchback Hatchback  

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 106.3 106.3  
Length, Overall (in) 175.0 176.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 68.7
Height, Overall (in) 61.0 58.7

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard  
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Standard Standard  

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3385 3042  

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Optional  
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional Standard
Keyless Start Standard Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5  
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 98.3 93.7
Front Head Room (in) 41.2 38.6
Front Leg Room (in) 42.1 42.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.4 54.9
Front Hip Room (in) 51.5 52.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.3 37.6
Second Leg Room (in) 31.1 36.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.5 53.1
Second Hip Room (in) 50.0 51.200
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 24.0 67.3

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard  
A/C Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Standard  
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard  
Heated Driver Seat Standard
Heated Rear Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard  
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard

Brakes

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

Safety Features

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

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard  
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
Electric Motor Standard
Engine Type Electric Gas/Electric I4
Displacement 1.8L/110
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 107 @ - TBD - 98 @ 5200
Torque (Net @ RPM) 207 @ - TBD - 105 @ 4000
Transmission Automatic Continuously Variable Ratio
Turning diameter 34.1 - TBD -

Fuel

Electric Fuel System Standard  
Hybrid Fuel Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 51
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 48
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 11.9

Suspension

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

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard  
1-Speed Automatic Standard
Continuously Variable Trans Standard