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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan XE
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan XE 22 30 $19,078 $20,045
4-Door Sedan Green Line 24 32 $22,346 $23,900
4-Door Sedan XR 17 26 $24,006 $25,675
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS 21 32 $17,922 $18,700
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic GLS 22 32 $19,056 $19,900
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic PZEV GLS 22 32 $19,056 $19,900
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE 21 32 $19,436 $20,520
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic Limited 22 32 $22,959 $24,550
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic PZEV Limited 22 32 $22,959 $24,550
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLS 19 29 $21,466 $22,450
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 19 29 $22,737 $24,050
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic Limited 19 29 $24,809 $26,550
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE 21 32 $20,867 $22,050
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic PZEV SE 21 32 $20,867 $22,050
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,078
$17,922
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,045
$18,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$334 / month
$312 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2008 Saturn Aura is the kind of car people learned to look to the import brands for, and now you can get it from General Motors through Saturn. TheCarConnection.com still rates the Honda Accord as the family-sedan champion, but the 2009 Hyundai Sonata lands solidly in the upstart tier that includes the Mazda6, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 52.2 55.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.9 57.4
Second Head Room (in) 37.4 38.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.0 56.9
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 43.7
Front Hip Room (in) 53.0 55.5
Second Leg Room (in) 37.6 37.4
Front Head Room (in) 39.4 40.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) - TBD - 105.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 59.9 62.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 6.3
Length, Overall (in) 190.9 188.9
Height, Overall (in) 57.6 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.3 61.4
Wheelbase (in) 112.3 107.4
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.3 72.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.9 16.3
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) 10.63 x - TBD - 10.3 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) 11.65 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.0 17.7
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.2 16.9
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 40.4 35.8
Steering Type Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.8 3.28
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - NA
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code QAD NA
Front Tire Size P215/50R17 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code QAD NA
Spare Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size P215/50R17 P215/60R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3529 3292
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 7.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 125 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - NA
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 169 @ 6400 175 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System - TBD - MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 160 @ 4500 168 @ 4000
Engine Order Code LE5 NA
Displacement 2.4L/145 2.4L/144
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 32
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 25
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.14 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.62 1.79
Trans Order Code MN5 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.25
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.68 1.18
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.95 3.27
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.55
Trans Type 6 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.97
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Saturn Aura Hyundai Sonata
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 1.02
Suspension Type - Rear 3-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front Indep Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.63
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Double-wishbone
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 7
 
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