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
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.5
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
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 57.6
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.9 15
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.26 x - TBD - 9.6 x 0.39
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 16.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.1 37.4
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
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact P195/65HR15
Front Tire Order Code
QYR NA
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
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3530 3212
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.8 7.1
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
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
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 22
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.44 3.70
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.30 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual w/OD
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
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sdn
Vehicle Name
Saab 9-5 Volkswagen Passat
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multilink Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Torsion Beam
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 -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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