Compare 2009 Saturn Aura vs 2008 Nissan Altima

2009 Saturn Aura
2008 Nissan Altima
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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 Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 23 32 $18,243 $18,620
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 23 31 $18,243 $18,620
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,196 $20,470
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $19,196 $20,470
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 S 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 SL 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $22,681 $24,470
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,142 $24,970
2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $23,495 $25,350
4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $23,881 $25,480
2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,956 $25,850
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SL 19 26 $26,565 $28,670
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,182
$18,243
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,655
$18,620
Monthly Payment Estimate
$378 / month
$310 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Saturn Aura is a neat-looking and responsive mid-size sedan. The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 55.5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 44.1
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 56.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 100.7
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 40.6
Second Hip Room (in)
52.2 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 55.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.4 36.8
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.6 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.3 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
59.9 60.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
190.9 189.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.9 15.3
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.63 x - TBD - 11.5 x 0.35
Brake Type
Pwr Power
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 - 11.7 x 1.02
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.0 20.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 36.1
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 2.83
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 16.2
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact T135/90D16
Front Tire Order Code
QGG NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R17 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
QGG NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55R17 P215/60R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3444 3112
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.9 8.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
125 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Engine
Fuel System
SFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
160 @ 4500 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
LE5 QR25
Displacement
2.4L/145 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6400 175 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 23
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.89 3.81
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.06
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 3.50
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 1.39
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.94 3.37
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 1.95
Trans Order Code
MH8 NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Saturn Aura Nissan Altima
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Independent w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.68
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.86
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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