Compare 2009 Saab 9-5 vs 2009 Acura RL

2009 Saab 9-5
2009 Acura RL
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 17 27 $38,182 $40,405
4-Door Sedan Aero 17 27 $39,146 $41,425
4-Door Wagon SportCombi 17 27 $39,382 $41,675
4-Door Sedan Griffin 17 27 $39,690 $42,000
4-Door Wagon SportCombi Aero 17 27 $40,436 $42,790
4-Door Wagon SportCombi Griffin 17 27 $40,890 $43,270
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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
$38,182
$41,935
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$40,405
$46,680
Monthly Payment Estimate
$673 / month
$778 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.8
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you don’t mind buying a 2009 Saab 9-5 that looks almost exactly like the 1999 model, there’s still a lot of quirky 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
27 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 55.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.2 99.1
Second Leg Room (in)
36.6 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
37.1 38.5
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 54.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 58.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.0 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 56.1
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 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)
18.5 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 Order Code
N65 NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/45VR17 P245/45VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
QYR NA
Front Tire Size
P235/45VR17 P245/45VR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
QYR 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)
7.8 9.1
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1900-4000 271 @ 5000
Engine Order Code
LJ3 NA
Displacement
2.3L/140 3.7L/224
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
260 @ 5300 300 @ 6300
Engine Type
Turbocharged 4-Cyl Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI PGM-FI
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 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
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.49
Trans Description Cont. Again
Sentronic NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.18 1.89
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.94 1.61
Trans Order Code
MM1 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.44 4.53
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.30 0.69
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Saab 9-5 Acura RL
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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