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Base Sedan

General Pricing

Resale Value $53,200.00 $53,300.00 $50,600.00
Destination $495.00 $570.00 $595.00

Engines & Power

Standard Engine 4.0L V8 4.4L V8 4.3L V8
Horsepower 290 @ 6000 RPM 282 @ 5700 RPM 275 @ 5750 RPM
Torque 300 @ 4000 RPM 310 @ 3900 RPM 295 @ 3000 RPM
Valves 4 4 3
Displacement (cc) 3969 4398 4266
Bore X Stroke (in.) 3.4 X 3.2 3.6 X 3.3 3.5 X 3.3
Compression Ratio 10.5:1 10:1 11:1

Fuel Economy

City (mpg) 19 15 19
Highway (mpg) 25 24 26

Exterior Dimensions & Weight

Curb Weight - Automatic (lb.) 3889.0 3747.9 3639.8
Wheelbase (in.) 112.2 111.4 111.5
Length (in.) 196.7 188.0 189.4
Width (in.) 72.0 70.9 70.8
Height (in.) 56.5 55.7 56.7
Track Front (in.) 62.0 59.5 60.2
Track Rear (in.) 62.0 60.1 59.9
Ground Clearance (in.) N/A N/A N/A

Interior Dimensions

Standard Seating 5 5 5
Front Headroom (in.) 38.9 37.4 37.6
Rear Headroom (in.) 36.9 37.2 37.2
Front Legroom (in.) 43.7 41.7 41.3
Rear Legroom (in.) 36.9 34.2 36.1
Front Shoulder Room (in.) 57.9 56.8 56.3
Rear Shoulder Room (in.) 57.1 55.9 57.1
Front Hip Room (in.) 57.1 N/A 54.9
Rear Hip Room (in.) 56.7 N/A 55.9

Payload & Towing

Passenger Volumn (cu. ft.) 102.0 92.5 95.0

Steering, Suspension & Brakes

Front Suspension wishbone strut wishbone
Rear Suspension wishbone multi-link multi-link
Tires 225/60R16 235/45R17 215/55R16

Anti-Theft & Locks

Power Door Locks Std. Std. Std.

Braking & Traction

4 Wheel Drive / All Wheel Drive rear wheel drive rear wheel drive rear wheel drive
ABS Brakes (2 or 4 Wheel) Std. Std. Std.
Limited Slip Differential or Axle N/A N/A N/A
Vehicle Stability Control System N/A N/A N/A

Entertainment, Communication & Navigation

Radio N/A AM/FM AM/FM
Cassette Player Yes Yes Yes
CD Player N/A N/A N/A
CD Changer N/A N/A N/A
DVD Player N/A N/A N/A
Navigation Aid N/A N/A N/A

Interior

Cruise Control Std. Std. Std.
Tilt Steering Yes Yes Yes
Telescopic Steering Column Yes Yes Yes

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning Std. Std. Std.

Safety

Driver Airbag Std. Std. Std.
Front Side Airbag Std. Std. Std.
Passenger Side Airbag Std. Std. Std.
Rear Side Airbag N/A N/A N/A

Seats

Driver Multi-Adjustable Power Seat Yes Yes Yes

Roof

Sunroof / Moonroof N/A Std. N/A

Windows, Mirrors & Wipers

Power Windows Std. Std. Std.

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