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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan
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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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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
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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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
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 16 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 26 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.5 56.1
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 42.4
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
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 57.2 57.2
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.9 13.1
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.26 x - TBD - 12.2 x - TBD -
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) 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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18 19.4
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
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
Tires
Spare Tire Size Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
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
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
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
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
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System Turbocharged MPFI PGM-FI
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 16
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.68 2.70
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
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Saab 9-5 Acura RL
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Multi-link
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
 
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