Compare 2009 Saab 9-5 vs 2003 Volkswagen Passat

2009 Saab 9-5
2003 Volkswagen Passat
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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 Manual GL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GL 22 31 $19,790 $21,750
4-Door Wagon Manual GL 22 31 $20,513 $22,550
4-Door Sedan Automatic GL 21 30 $20,863 $22,825
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 22 31 $20,816 $22,885
4-Door Wagon Automatic GL 21 30 $21,586 $23,625
4-Door Wagon Manual GLS 22 31 $21,538 $23,685
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 21 30 $21,889 $23,960
4-Door Wagon Automatic GLS 21 30 $22,611 $24,760
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual GLS 20 28 $23,074 $25,385
4-Door Wagon V6 Manual GLS 20 28 $23,797 $26,185
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLS 19 27 $24,147 $26,460
4-Door Wagon V6 Automatic GLS 19 27 $24,870 $27,260
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual GLX 20 28 $26,114 $28,750
4-Door Wagon V6 Manual GLX 20 28 $26,837 $29,550
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLX 19 27 $27,187 $29,825
4-Door Wagon V6 Automatic GLX 19 27 $27,910 $30,625
4-Door Sedan V6 4MOTION Automatic GLX 19 26 $29,016 $31,575
4-Door Wagon V6 4MOTION Automatic GLX 19 26 $29,739 $32,375
4-Door Sedan 4MOTION Automatic W8 18 25 $34,729 $37,900
4-Door Wagon 4MOTION Automatic W8 18 25 $35,452 $38,700
4-Door Sedan 4MOTION 6-spd Manual W8 17 24 $35,984 $39,400
4-Door Wagon 4MOTION 6-spd Manual W8 17 24 $36,706 $40,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$38,182
$19,790
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$40,405
$21,750
Monthly Payment Estimate
$673 / month
$363 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.8
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.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 57.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.2 95
Second Leg Room (in)
36.6 35.3
Front Head Room (in)
37.1 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 55.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.0 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.9 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
106.4 106.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.5 68.7
Track Width, Front (in)
59.9 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
190.4 185.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 57.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.9 15
Brakes
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 - 11.3 x 0.98
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 - 9.6 x 0.39
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 16.4
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.9 14.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.1 37.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
N65 NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/45VR17 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
QYR NA
Front Tire Size
P235/45VR17 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact P195/65HR15
Front Tire Order Code
QYR NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3530 3212
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 15 x 6
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 15 x 6
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.8 7.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 90
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1900-4000 166 @ 1950
Engine Order Code
LJ3 NA
Displacement
2.3L/140 1.8L/109
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
260 @ 5300 170 @ 5900
Engine Type
Turbocharged 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 -
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.68 3.78
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.43
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
Sentronic NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.18 3.44
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.94 2.18
Trans Order Code
MM1 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.44 3.70
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.30 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual w/OD
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Saab 9-5 Volkswagen Passat
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sdn
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Four-link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
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 Torsion Beam
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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