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2WD 4dr Auto X
  • 2WD 4dr Auto X
  • 2WD 4dr Auto S
  • 4WD 4dr Auto X
  • 4WD 4dr Manual S
  • 4WD 4dr Auto S
  • 4WD 4dr Manual Pro-4X
  • 4WD 4dr Auto Pro-4X
FWD 4dr S
  • FWD 4dr S
  • FWD 4dr SE
  • 4WD 4dr SE
  • FWD 4dr SEL
  • 4WD 4dr SEL
  • FWD 4dr Titanium
  • 4WD 4dr Titanium
FWD 4dr I4 (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr I4 (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr I4 (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr I4 Sport (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr I4 Limited (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr I4 Sport (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Sport (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr I4 Limited (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Limited (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Sport (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited (Natl)

Prices

MSRP $25,480 $22,470 $22,650
Invoice $24,147 $21,178 $21,178
Avg. Paid N/A N/A N/A

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.6 7.7 8.8
Critics' Rating 7.9 8.0 9.1
Performance 7.8 8.0 8.1
Interior 7.2 7.1 7.5
Safety 8.7 9.3 8.9
Reliability 2.5 2.5 4.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Powerful choice for off-road driving
  • Versatile cargo area
  • Easy-to-clean interior
  • Small-car handling
  • Good fuel economy, even with four-wheel drive
  • Strong safety score
  • Powerful optional V6
  • Can seat up to seven with available third row
  • Lots of cargo room
Cons
  • Cheap interior
  • Poor gas mileage for its class
  • Bad rear visibility
  • Confusing MyFord Touch infotainment system
  • Fickle motion-activated liftgate 
  • Awkward cargo door
  • Competitors have nicer interiors
  • Rivals have more refined performance

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 4.0L/241 Gas I4 2.5L/152 Gas I4 2.5L/152
MPG 16 City / 22 Hwy 22 City / 31 Hwy 22 City / 28 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 106.3 105.900 104.7
Length, Overall (in) 178.7 178.100 181.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.8 72.400 71.5
Height, Overall (in) 74.9 66.300 66.3

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Standard Optional
Sliding Rear Window Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4143 3598 3360

Tires & Wheels

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

Towing

Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

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

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 98.8 98.100 108.2
Front Head Room (in) 39.9 39.900 40.8
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 40.400 41.8
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 56.000 57.1
Front Hip Room (in) 55.9 54.800 53.8
Second Head Room (in) 39.3 39.000 39.7
Second Leg Room (in) 34.4 36.800 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 55.300 55.3
Second Hip Room (in) 46.1 52.400 52.4
Third Leg Room (in)
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 65.7 68.100 73.0
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 36.3 34.300 36.4
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
Cassette Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Entertainment System Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C Standard

Navigation & Communication

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

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Leather Seats Standard Standard Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard Standard Standard
Vinyl Seats Standard Standard Standard
Additional Rear Seat Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Fixed Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Split 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
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Optional
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Standard
Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 4.0L/241 2.5L/152 2.5L/152
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 261 @ 5600 168 @ 6000 179 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 281 @ 4000 170 @ 4500 172 @ 4000
Transmission Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 37.7 37.000 34.8

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 22 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 31 28
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 15.100 15.9

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Double wishbone MacPherson Strut MacPherson strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-leaf Semi-Trailing Arm Double-wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Solid Axle Coil spring

Transmission

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