Compare 2008 Saab 9-5 vs 2009 Acura RL

2008 Saab 9-5
2009 Acura RL
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 17 26 $35,612 $37,685
4-Door Sedan Aero 17 26 $36,576 $38,705
4-Door Wagon SportCombi 17 26 $36,812 $38,955
4-Door Wagon SportCombi Aero 17 26 $37,866 $40,070
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 16 22 $41,935 $46,680
4-Door Sedan Tech Pkg 16 22 $45,180 $50,300
4-Door Sedan Tech/CMBS w/PAX 16 22 $48,588 $54,100
Pricing
Invoice Price
$35,612
$41,935
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$37,685
$46,680
Monthly Payment Estimate
$628 / month
$778 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Saab 9-5 offers good gas mileage, good visibility and great safety, but its atypical engine and dated styling limit its appeal. The 2009 Acura RL tops safety rankings and bristles with technology, but its detached driving feel and over-the-top front-end styling remove it from the best-in-class competition.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 55.1
Second Leg Room (in)
36.6 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
37.1 38.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.2 99.1
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 54.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 58.5
Second Head Room (in)
37.0 37.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 56.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 42.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.9 62.4
Wheelbase (in)
106.4 110.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.5 72.7
Track Width, Front (in)
59.9 62.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.7
Length, Overall (in)
190.4 195.8
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 57.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.9 13.1
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.05 x - TBD - 12.6 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)
11.26 x - TBD - 12.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18 19.4
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.9 16.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.1 39.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/45VR17 P245/45VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/45VR17 P245/45VR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3530 4083
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 x 8
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 x 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 130
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1900-4000 271 @ 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.3L/140 3.7L/224
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
260 @ 5300 300 @ 6300
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas V6
Fuel System
Turbocharged MPFI PGM-FI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 16
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.07
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.49
Trans Description Cont. Again
Sentronic NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.17 1.89
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.94 1.61
Trans Order Code
MM1 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.05 4.53
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.30 0.69
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.68 2.70
Summary
Vehicle Name
Saab 9-5 Acura RL
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Double wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.18
Suspension Type - Rear
Multilink Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Multi-link

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