Compare 2009 BMW 3-Series vs 2009 Saab 9-3

2009 BMW 3-Series
2009 Saab 9-3
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4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 18 28 $30,910 $33,600
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,910 $33,600
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $30,910 $33,600
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,910 $33,600
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 17 27 $32,570 $35,400
4-Door Sedan AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $32,750 $35,600
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV 328i xDrive 17 25 $32,750 $35,600
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $33,580 $36,500
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $33,580 $36,500
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $34,410 $37,400
2-Door Coupe AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $35,330 $38,400
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328i xDrive 17 25 $35,330 $38,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 17 26 $37,075 $40,300
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 17 26 $37,075 $40,300
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 17 26 $38,825 $42,200
4-Door Sedan AWD 335i xDrive 16 25 $38,915 $42,300
4-Door Sedan RWD 335d 23 36 $40,390 $43,900
2-Door Coupe AWD 335i xDrive 16 25 $40,570 $44,100
2-Door Convertible 328i 17 27 $40,985 $44,550
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 17 27 $40,985 $44,550
2-Door Convertible 335i 17 26 $46,645 $50,700
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4-Door Sedan 2.0T Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Touring 19 29 $28,933 $30,360
4-Door Wagon 2.0T Touring 19 29 $30,295 $31,790
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Comfort 19 28 $32,544 $34,150
4-Door Wagon 2.0T Comfort 19 27 $33,655 $35,315
4-Door Sedan 2.0T XWD 17 27 $34,684 $36,395
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Sport 19 28 $35,394 $37,140
4-Door Wagon 2.0T XWD 17 27 $36,032 $37,810
4-Door Wagon 2.0T Sport 19 27 $36,504 $38,305
2-Door Convertible 2.0T Touring 19 27 $40,149 $42,130
4-Door Sedan Aero 15 24 $41,555 $43,605
2-Door Convertible 2.0T Comfort 19 27 $42,365 $44,455
4-Door Wagon AWD Aero 15 24 $42,775 $44,885
2-Door Convertible 2.0T Sport 19 27 $45,119 $47,345
2-Door Convertible Aero 15 24 $48,917 $51,330
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,910
$28,933
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,600
$30,360
Monthly Payment Estimate
$560 / month
$506 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 BMW 3-Series is an enthusiast's dream, yet not-quite-perfect safety ratings, smallish rear seats, and some fussy controls might wrinkle potential buyers' noses. Despite rather conservative styling, the 2009 Saab 9-3 is one of the boldest performers in its class.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
41.5 42.3
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.0 93.4
Second Leg Room (in)
34.6 35.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.5 38.9
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.4 56.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 55.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 59.3
Wheelbase (in)
108.7 105.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.5 69.0
Track Width, Front (in)
59.1 60.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
178.2 182.9
Height, Overall (in)
55.9 57.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.0 15.0
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 0.79 10.9 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 0.94 11.1 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.1 16.4
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.97
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 39.0
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA N65
Rear Tire Size
P205/55R16 P215/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QYS
Front Tire Size
P205/55R16 P215/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA QYS
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3340 3210
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 2750 221 @ 2500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/183 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
230 @ 6500 210 @ 5500
Engine Type
Gas I6 Turbocharged I4
Fuel System
MPI MPFI
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 19
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.71
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.32 3.77
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.66 1.37
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.94 3.54
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.46 2.04
Trans Order Code
NA MM3
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.23 3.55
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.23 1.05
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW 3 Series Saab 9-3
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Pivot MacPherson
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link 4-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 6

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