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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan I4 XE
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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
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
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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
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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
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 33 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Midsize
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 59.9 60.9
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 190.9 189.8
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.9 15.3
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.0 20.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.2 16.2
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
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code QGG NA
Front Tire Size P215/55R17 P215/60R16
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
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3444 3112
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.9 8.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 125 110
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 169 @ 6400 175 @ 5600
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System SFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 160 @ 4500 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code LE5 QR25
Displacement 2.4L/145 2.5L/152
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 26 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 32
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Saturn Aura Nissan Altima
Suspension
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
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 -
 
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