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Overview

Engine
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
Engine
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
Engine
1.4L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Transmission
6-Speed Automatic
Transmission
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Transmission
6-Speed Manual
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Fuel Economy
City: 28 MPG
Hwy: 36 MPG
Fuel Economy
City: 28 MPG
Hwy: 39 MPG
Fuel Economy
City: 30 MPG
Hwy: 41 MPG
Fuel Tank Capacity
13.2 gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity
16.2 gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity
13.2 gallons
Seating Capacity
5 seater
Seating Capacity
5 seater
Seating Capacity
5 seater
Trunk Volume
13.2 ft³
Trunk Volume
15.4 ft³
Trunk Volume
14.1 ft³

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Performance Specs

Engine and Transmission

Engine
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
1.4L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Horsepower
155 hp @ 6000 rpm
188 hp @ 6000 rpm
147 hp @ 5000 rpm
Torque
150 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
180 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
184 lb-ft @ 1400 rpm
Transmission
6-Speed Automatic
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
6-Speed Manual
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Front-Wheel Drive
Front-Wheel Drive

Weight and Towing

Curb Weight
3,071 lbs
3,208 lbs
2,895 lbs

Fuel and MPG

Fuel Economy

Combined
31 MPG
32 MPG
34 MPG
City
28 MPG
28 MPG
30 MPG
Highway
36 MPG
39 MPG
41 MPG

Emissions

CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.6 Tons/yr
5.5 Tons/yr
5.2 Tons/yr

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity
13.2 gallons
16.2 gallons
13.2 gallons
Cruising Range City
369.6 miles
453.6 miles
396 miles
Cruising Range Highway
475.2 miles
631.8 miles
541.2 miles

Dimensions and Measurement

Exterior Dimensions

Length
183.5 in
192.9 in
185.1 in
Height
56.9 in
56.7 in
57.4 in
Max Width
70.7 in
72.9 in
70.8 in
Front Width
61.7 in
63.6 in
60.7 in
Rear Width
62.2 in
63.6 in
60.4 in
Wheelbase
107.3 in
111.2 in
105.7 in
Ground Clearance
5.5 in
4.9 in
5.6 in

Interior Space

Seating Capacity
5 seater
5 seater
5 seater
Front Seat Leg Room
42.3 in
43.8 in
41.1 in
Front Seat Headroom
38 in
39.2 in
38.5 in
Front Seat Shoulder Room
55.7 in
58.2 in
55.9 in
Front Seat Hip Room
54.6 in
54.7 in
N/A
Rear Seat Leg Room
35.1 in
35.2 in
37.4 in
Rear Seat Headroom
37.3 in
36.9 in
37.2 in
Rear Seat Shoulder Room
53.5 in
57.1 in
54 in
Rear Seat Hip Room
50.9 in
54.5 in
N/A

Cargo Space

Trunk Volume
13.2 ft³
15.4 ft³
14.1 ft³

Wheels and Suspension

Steering

Steering Type
Rack-Pinion
Rack-Pinion
Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter
34.8 ft
36.1 ft
36.4 ft

Wheels

Wheels Type
Aluminum Wheels
Steel Wheels
Aluminum Wheels
Front Wheel Size
16" x 6.5"
16" x 7"
16" x 6.5"
Rear Wheel Size
16" x 6.5"
16" x 7"
16" x 6.5"

Suspension

Front Suspension
Strut
Strut
Strut
Rear Suspension
Torsion Beam
Multi-Link
Torsion Beam

Tires

Front Tire
P205/60HR16
P215/60HR16
P205/60HR16
Rear Tire
P205/60HR16
P215/60HR16
P205/60HR16
Spare Tire
Compact
Compact
N/A

Colors and Materials

Standard Exterior Colors

  • Jet Black Mica
  • Sonic Silver Metallic
  • Brilliant Silver Metallic
  • Deep Blue Pearl
  • Glacier White
  • Gun Metallic
  • Super Black
  • Black Uni
  • Platinum Gray Metallic
  • Pure White
  • Pyrite Silver Metallic
  • Silk Blue Metallic
  • Tornado Red

Optional Exterior Colors

N/A
N/A
Habanero Orange Metallic

Standard Interior Materials

  • Black, Cloth Seat Trim
  • Charcoal, Cloth Seat Trim
  • Light Gray, Cloth Seat Trim
  • Storm Gray, Cloth Seat Trim
  • Titan Black, Cloth Seat Trim

Features and Options

Infotainment

HD Radio
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Bluetooth Connection
Standard
Standard
Standard
Smart Device Integration
Standard
Not Available
Standard
WiFi Hotspot
Not Available
Not Available
Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input
Standard
Standard
Standard
MP3 Player
Standard
Standard
Standard

Interior Trim

Bucket Seats
Standard
Standard
Standard
Cloth Seats
Standard
Standard
Standard
Leather Seats
Not Available
Standard
Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats
Not Available
Standard
Standard
Vinyl Seats
Not Available
Standard
Standard

Comfort

Steering Wheel Audio Controls
Standard
Standard
Standard
Power Mirror(s)
Standard
Standard
Standard
A/C
Standard
Standard
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Cruise Control
Standard
Standard
Standard
Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard
Standard
Power Driver Seat
Not Available
Optional
Not Available
Remote Engine Start
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Remote Trunk Release
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Keyless Start
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Telematics
Standard
Not Available
Standard

Safety

Safety Features

Back-Up Camera
Standard
Standard
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert
Not Available
Not Available
Optional
Rear Parking Aid
Not Available
Optional
Not Available
Blind Spot Monitor
Not Available
Optional
Optional
Lane Departure Warning
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Lane Keeping Assist
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
ABS
Standard
Standard
Standard
Tire Pressure Monitor
Standard
Standard
Standard
Brake Assist
Standard
Standard
Standard
Stability Control
Standard
Standard
Standard
Traction Control
Standard
Standard
Standard

US NHTSA crash test result

Overall Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Side Crash Rating
Rollover Rating

Airbags

Driver Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Front Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Front Side Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Knee Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Passenger Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Rear Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Rear Side Air Bag
Not Available
Standard
Not Available

Warranty

Warranty Summary

Basic
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion
5 Years / Unlimited Miles
5 Years / Unlimited Miles
7 Years / 100,000 Miles
Drivetrain
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
Maintenance
N/A
N/A
2 Years / 20,000 Miles