Compare 2008 Saab 9-5 vs 2008 Lexus ES 350

2008 Saab 9-5
2008 Lexus ES 350
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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 19 27 $30,594 $34,120
Pricing
Invoice Price
$35,612
$30,594
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$37,685
$34,120
Monthly Payment Estimate
$628 / month
$569 / 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 2008 Lexus ES 350 is a plush, soft-handling car that would make Buick proud--if Buick still built cars like this.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 52.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 57.3
Second Head Room (in)
37.0 36.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 56.3
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 42.2
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 55.9
Second Leg Room (in)
36.6 35.9
Front Head Room (in)
37.1 37.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.2 95.4
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
190.4 191.1
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.9 61.7
Wheelbase (in)
106.4 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.5 71.7
Track Width, Front (in)
59.9 62.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.9 14.7
Brakes
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 - 11.06 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
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 - 11.65 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18 18.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.9 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.1 36.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/45VR17 P215/55R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/45VR17 P215/55R17
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3530 3580
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas V6
Fuel System
Turbocharged MPFI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1900-4000 254 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.3L/140 3.5L/210
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
260 @ 5300 272 @ 6200
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 27
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.17 4.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.94 1.90
Trans Order Code
MM1 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.05 3.69
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.30 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.61
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.68 3.30
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.42
Trans Type
5 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
Sentronic NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Saab 9-5 Lexus ES 350
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multilink Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Dual-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut

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