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2009 Saab 9-3 Change
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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Touring
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Touring 19 29 $28,933 $30,360
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Comfort 19 28 $32,544 $34,150
4-Door Sedan Aero 15 24 $41,555 $43,605
4-Door Wagon 2.0T Touring 19 29 $30,295 $31,790
4-Door Wagon 2.0T Comfort 19 27 $33,655 $35,315
4-Door Wagon AWD Aero 15 24 $42,775 $44,885
2-Door Convertible 2.0T Touring 19 27 $40,149 $42,130
2-Door Convertible 2.0T Comfort 19 27 $42,365 $44,455
2-Door Convertible Aero 15 24 $48,917 $51,330
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 Sport 19 27 $45,119 $47,345
4-Door Sedan 2.5T FWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD 2.5T 19 27 $29,117 $30,975
4-Door Sedan FWD 2.5T w/Snrf 19 27 $29,117 $30,975
4-Door Sedan AWD 2.5T 17 26 $30,856 $32,825
4-Door Sedan AWD 2.5T w/Snrf 18 26 $30,856 $32,825
4-Door Sedan FWD 2.4T T5 w/Snrf 18 26 $31,946 $33,985
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,933
$29,117
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,360
$30,975
Monthly Payment Estimate
$506 / month
$516 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line Despite rather conservative styling, the 2009 Saab 9-3 is one of the boldest performers in its class. The 2008 Volvo S60 is a comfortable, safe all-weather sedan, but if you want top sport-sedan performance, you should look elsewhere.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 19 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 29 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 54.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 56.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 37.0 37.9
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 55.5
Front Leg Room (in) 42.3 42.6
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 55.0
Passenger Volume (ft³) 93.4 91
Second Leg Room (in) 35.1 33.3
Front Head Room (in) 38.9 38.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 60.0 61.5
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.9 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 182.9 181.2
Height, Overall (in) 57.1 56.2
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.3 60.7
Wheelbase (in) 105.3 106.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.0 71.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.0 13.9
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.1 x - TBD - 12.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.9 x - TBD - 11.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.4 18.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.0 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.0 38.7
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.97 3.0
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code QYS NA
Front Tire Size P215/55HR16 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code QYS NA
Spare Tire Order Code N65 NA
Rear Tire Size P215/55HR16 P205/55R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 330
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 3300
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 3300
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 330
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3210 3523
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 7
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 120 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 210 @ 5500 208 @ 5000
Engine Type Turbocharged I4 Low-Pressure Turbo Gas I5
Fuel System MPFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 221 @ 2500 236 @ 1500 - 4500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.0L/121 2.5L/154
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 23 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 29 27
Transmission
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.85 1.02
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.54 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.04 3.03
Trans Order Code MM3 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.55 2.27
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.05 1.34
Trans Description Cont. Manual Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.71 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.77 4.66
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.37 1.98
Trans Type 6 5
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Saab 9-3 Volvo S60
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - .91
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Independent Multilink
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - .75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 -
 
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