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  • 5dr HB ST

Prices

MSRP $16,900 $17,995 $14,100
Invoice $16,275 $17,495 $13,571
Avg. Paid $17,493 $18,269 $14,682

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.4 8.8 8.4
Critics' Rating 8.4 9.6 9.4
Performance 7.2 9.3 8.7
Interior 8.4 7.6 8.5
Safety 9.7 9.7 8.0
Reliability 4.0 2.5 2.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Ample cargo and passenger room
  • Lots of standard features
  • Low price
  • Excellent safety ratings
  • Nimble handling
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Long list of available tech features
  • Upscale interior
  • Comfortable seats
  • Athletic handling
Cons
  • Tepid acceleration
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Limited cargo space in sedan 
  • Less cargo space than rival hatchbacks

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Regular Unleaded I-4 1.6 L/97 Regular Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122 Regular Unleaded I-4 1.6 L/97
MPG 24 City / 30 Hwy 30 City / 41 Hwy 28 City / 36 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Hatchback Sedan Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 101.2 106.3 98
Length, Overall (in) 163 180.3 173.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.9 70.7 67.8
Height, Overall (in) 63 57.3 58

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2879 2848 2578

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Cruise Control Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
Keyless Start Optional Optional Optional
Luggage Rack Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Optional
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard
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.) 101 96.3 85.1
Front Head Room (in) 39.6 38.6 39.1
Front Leg Room (in) 40.9 42.2 42.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.5 57.2 52.7
Front Hip Room (in) 53.2 55.5 50.6
Second Head Room (in) 39.5 37.6 37.1
Second Leg Room (in) 39.1 35.8 31.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 54.4 49
Second Hip Room (in) 49.3 53.5 49.2
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 61.3
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 12.4 12.8

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat 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
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard

Safety Features

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

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Displacement 1.6 L/97 2.0 L/122 1.6 L/97
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 130 @ 6300 155 @ 6000 120 @ 6350
Torque (Net @ RPM) 118 @ 4850 150 @ 4000 112 @ 5000
Transmission Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 34.8 34.8 34.4

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 30 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 41 36
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.2 13.2 12

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Torsion Beam Multi-Link Torsion Beam

Transmission

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