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Prices

MSRP $34,185 $40,500 $32,750
Invoice $32,818 $37,260 $30,130
Avg. Paid $32,949 $39,199 $31,370

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.1 8.9 8.7
Critics' Rating 8.4 9.5 9.2
Performance 8.3 9.3 8.5
Interior 6.4 7.7 7.8
Safety 9.3 N/A 9.1
Reliability 3.5 3.5 3.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Refined handling and performance
  • Better electric-only driving range than other plug-in hybrids
  • Functional, high-quality interior
  • Powerful engine choices
  • Good fuel economy
  • Razor-sharp handling
  • Impressive handling and acceleration
  • Spacious cabin
  • Excellent fuel economy
Cons
  • Limited cargo space
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Limited back-seat space
  • Some cheap materials in base models
  • Some switchgear is hard to use

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Front wheel drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas/Electric I4 1.4L/85 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122
MPG 35 City / 40 Hwy 23 City / 35 Hwy 24 City / 36 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Hatchback Coupe Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 105.70 110.6 110.6
Length, Overall (in) 177.10 182.6 182.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.40 71.9 71.3
Height, Overall (in) 56.64 54.2 56.3

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3786 3470 3295

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Optional Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional Optional Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Heads-Up Display Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
HID headlights Standard Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional Optional
Remote Engine Start Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Standard Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Standard Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard 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 4 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 90.0
Front Head Room (in) 37.80 39.8 40.3
Front Leg Room (in) 42.05 42.2 42
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.52 55.3 55.1
Front Hip Room (in) 53.73
Second Head Room (in) 36.02 36.1 37.7
Second Leg Room (in) 34.10 33.7 35.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.90 51.7 55.1
Second Hip Room (in) 51.21
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 10.6 15.7 13

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Optional Optional
Premium Sound System Optional Standard Standard
Hard Disk Drive Optional Optional

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

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

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard
Leather Seats Optional Optional Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional Optional Optional
Heated Rear Seat Optional
Driver Lumbar Optional Optional
Passenger Lumbar Optional Optional
Seat Memory Standard Optional
Power Driver Seat Standard Optional
Power Passenger Seat Standard Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Optional
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
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard

Brakes

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

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional
Auto-Leveling Headlights Standard Optional
Lane Departure Warning Optional Optional

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Turbocharged Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas/Electric I4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Displacement 1.4L/85 2.0 L/122 2.0 L/122
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 149 240 @ 5000 180 @ 5000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 273 255 @ 1250 200 @ 1250
Transmission Automatic Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 36.00 37.1 37.1

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard
Plug-In Electric/Gas Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 35 23 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 40 35 36
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 9.3 15.8 15.8

Suspension

Active Suspension System Optional
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Compound Crank Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Multi-Link

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Standard
1-Speed Automatic Standard
8-Speed Automatic Standard Standard
Manual Optional Optional
6-Speed Manual Optional Optional