Compare 2012 Saab 9-3 vs 2012 Ford Mustang

2012 Saab 9-3
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4-Door Sedan Manual FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual FWD 20 33 $28,177 $28,900
4-Door Wagon Manual FWD 20 33 $29,084 $29,830
4-Door Sedan Automatic FWD 19 29 $29,493 $30,250
4-Door Wagon Automatic FWD 18 28 $30,400 $31,180
4-Door Sedan Automatic XWD 18 29 $31,585 $32,395
4-Door Sedan Manual XWD 20 30 $31,585 $32,395
4-Door Sedan Automatic FWD Aero 19 29 $32,966 $34,340
4-Door Sedan Manual FWD Aero 20 33 $32,966 $34,340
4-Door Wagon Automatic XWD 18 29 $33,576 $34,975
4-Door Wagon Manual XWD 20 30 $33,576 $34,975
4-Door Sedan Automatic XWD Aero 18 29 $35,630 $37,115
4-Door Sedan Manual XWD Aero 20 30 $35,630 $37,115
2-Door Convertible Manual FWD 20 33 $38,502 $39,490
2-Door Convertible Automatic FWD 18 28 $39,819 $40,840
2-Door Convertible Automatic FWD Aero 18 28 $42,316 $44,080
2-Door Convertible Manual FWD Aero 20 33 $42,316 $44,080
2-Door Convertible Automatic FWD Independence 18 28 $44,236 $46,080
2-Door Convertible Manual FWD Independence 20 33 $44,236 $46,080
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2-Door Coupe V6
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe V6 19 29 $21,245 $22,310
2-Door Coupe V6 Premium 19 29 $24,399 $26,310
2-Door Convertible V6 19 29 $25,845 $27,310
2-Door Coupe GT 17 26 $27,459 $29,710
2-Door Convertible V6 Premium 19 29 $28,899 $31,310
2-Door Coupe GT Premium 17 26 $31,059 $33,710
2-Door Convertible GT 17 26 $31,959 $34,710
2-Door Convertible GT Premium 17 26 $35,559 $38,710
2-Door Coupe Boss 302 17 26 $36,999 $40,310
2-Door Coupe Shelby GT500 15 23 $44,161 $48,810
2-Door Convertible Shelby GT500 15 23 $48,611 $53,810
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,177
$21,245
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,900
$22,310
Monthly Payment Estimate
$482 / month
$372 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Ford Mustang doles out all the tire-smoking pony-car thrills, but it's also grown to become quite a sophisticated car.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.4
Second Leg Room (in)
35.1 29.8
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 38.5
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 46.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 55.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96 83.3
Second Head Room (in)
37.0 34.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 51.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 42.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.3 62.9
Wheelbase (in)
105.3 107.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.9 73.9
Track Width, Front (in)
60.0 62.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
182.9 188.1
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 55.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.0 13.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.8 x 0.8
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 12.4 x 1.4
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)
16.0 16.0
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 15.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- TBD - 33.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
- TBD - P215/60R17
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
- TBD - P215/60R17
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3710 3453
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
- TBD - Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 2500 280 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
- TBD - 99M
Displacement
2.0L/122 3.7L/227
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
220 @ 5300 305 @ 6500
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 19
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.84
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.53
Trans Order Code
- TBD - 44X
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.73
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.23
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 0.70
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.23
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.66
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
Saab 9-3 Ford Mustang
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.9
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/anti-roll bar w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.3
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent 3-Link Solid Axle
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Toe-link w/Panhard rod
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.3 8.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
--
Overall Side Crash Rating
--
Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
--
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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