Compare 2009 Saturn Aura vs 2008 Honda Accord Sedan

2009 Saturn Aura
2008 Honda Accord Sedan
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4-Door Sedan I4 XE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 XE 22 33 $21,182 $22,655
4-Door Sedan I4 XR 22 33 $23,248 $24,865
4-Door Sedan V6 XR 17 26 $25,478 $27,250
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4-Door I4 Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door I4 Manual LX 22 31 $18,472 $20,360
4-Door I4 Automatic LX 21 31 $19,195 $21,160
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV LX 21 31 $19,195 $21,160
4-Door I4 Manual LX-P 22 31 $19,376 $21,360
4-Door I4 Automatic LX-P 21 31 $20,099 $22,160
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV LX-P 21 31 $20,099 $22,160
4-Door I4 Manual EX 22 31 $20,912 $23,060
4-Door I4 Automatic EX 21 31 $21,635 $23,860
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV EX 21 31 $21,635 $23,860
4-Door I4 Manual EX-L 22 31 $22,720 $25,060
4-Door I4 Automatic EX-L 21 31 $23,442 $25,860
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV EX-L 21 31 $23,442 $25,860
4-Door V6 Automatic EX 19 29 $23,533 $25,960
4-Door V6 Automatic PZEV EX 19 29 $23,533 $25,960
4-Door I4 Manual w/Navi EX-L 22 31 $24,708 $27,260
4-Door I4 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 21 31 $25,430 $28,060
4-Door I4 Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX-L 21 31 $25,430 $28,060
4-Door V6 Automatic EX-L 19 29 $25,430 $28,060
4-Door V6 Automatic PZEV EX-L 19 29 $25,430 $28,060
4-Door V6 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 19 29 $27,418 $30,260
4-Door V6 Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX-L 19 29 $27,418 $30,260
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,182
$18,472
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,655
$20,360
Monthly Payment Estimate
$378 / month
$339 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
9.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Saturn Aura is a neat-looking and responsive mid-size sedan. Whether you're looking for a comfy commuter in the $20,000 range or a luxurious, powerful $30,000 family sedan, the newly redesigned 2008 Honda Accord should be on your shortlist.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Large
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.4 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 56.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 56.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 106.0
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 37.2
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 41.4
Second Hip Room (in)
52.2 54.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 58.2
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
190.9 194.1
Height, Overall (in)
57.6 58.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.3 62.6
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 110.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 72.7
Track Width, Front (in)
59.9 62.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.9 14.0
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 - 11.1 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)
11.65 x - TBD - 11.1 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.0 18.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 13.08
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 37.7
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 2.56
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/55R17 P215/60HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact T135/80D16
Front Tire Order Code
QGG NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R17 P215/60HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
QGG NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3444 3230
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.9 8.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
125 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SFI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
160 @ 4500 161 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
LE5 NA
Displacement
2.4L/145 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6400 177 @ 6500
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 22
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.94 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 1.78
Trans Order Code
MH8 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.89 4.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 0.87
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 3.27
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 1.15
Trans Type
6 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.65
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Saturn Aura Honda Accord Sdn
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.04
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Independent Multi-link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Double wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.51
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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