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4dr HB
  • 4dr HB
  • 4dr HB 4
  • 4dr HB S
  • 4dr HB 4S
S550 Sedan
  • S600 Sedan
  • S350 4MATIC Sedan
  • S550 Sedan
  • S550 4MATIC Sedan
4dr Sdn RWD
  • 4dr Sdn RWD
  • 4dr Sdn AWD
  • 4dr Sdn L RWD
  • 4dr Sdn L AWD

Prices

MSRP $75,200 $94,500 $67,630
Invoice $67,500 $87,885 $62,219
Avg. Paid N/A N/A N/A

U.S. News Scores

Overall 9.0 8.9 8.9
Critics' Rating 8.8 9.0 8.6
Performance 9.0 8.3 8.1
Interior 8.9 8.8 8.7
Safety N/A N/A N/A
Reliability 4.5 4.0 5.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Exceptional performance
  • Spacious interior
  • High-grade cabin materials
  • Luxurious, roomy interior
  • Impressive safety features
  • Quiet ride
  • Competitive power
  • Opulent interior
  • Base trim is a good value
  • Optional stereo boasts exceptional sound quality
Cons
  • Options are expensive
  • Only seats four
  • Controversial exterior styling
  • Confusing cabin electronics
  • Numb steering
  • Expensive sticker price
  • Outperformed by most European rivals
  • Pricey options

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.6L/220 Gas V8 4.6L/285 Gas V8 4.6L/281
MPG 18 City / 27 Hwy 15 City / 25 Hwy 16 City / 24 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Hatchback 4 Door Sedan Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 115.0 124.6 116.9
Length, Overall (in) 195.7 206.5 199.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 83.2 73.7 73.8
Height, Overall (in) 55.8 58.0 58.1

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3880 4740 4244

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional Optional Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional Standard Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional
Keyless Start Optional Optional Standard
Rear Parking Aid Standard Optional Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Optional Standard Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Optional
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing 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 Optional Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 4 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 98.0 109.0 103.0
Front Head Room (in) 38.0 37.8 38.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.9 41.9 43.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 51.9 59.1 58.5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 60.8 55.4
Second Head Room (in) 38.2 38.5 38.0
Second Leg Room (in) 33.3 42.3 35.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 51.7 58.7 56.9
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 60.9 55.5
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 44.6
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 16.4 18.0

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

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

Seats

Cloth Seats Optional
Leather Seats Standard Standard Standard
Cooled Driver Seat Optional Standard Optional
Cooled Rear Seat Optional Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional Standard Optional
Heated Rear Seat Optional Optional Optional
Driver Lumbar Optional Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Optional Standard Standard
Seat Memory Standard Standard Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard
Quad Bucket Seats 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 Standard Standard 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
Night Vision Optional
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional Optional
Lane Departure Warning Optional

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard
8 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V8 Gas V8
Displacement 3.6L/220 4.6L/285 4.6L/281
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 300 @ 6200 429 @ 5250 380 @ 6400
Torque (Net @ RPM) 295 @ 3750 516 @ 1800-3500 367 @ 4100
Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic Automatic w/manual shift
Turning diameter 39.3 40.0 35.4

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 15 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 27 25 24
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 23.8 22.2

Suspension

Active Suspension System Optional Optional
Air Suspension Optional Standard Optional
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Standard Optional
7-Speed Automatic Standard Standard
8-Speed Automatic Standard