Compare 2009 Saturn Aura vs 2003 Volkswagen Passat

2009 Saturn Aura
2003 Volkswagen Passat
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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 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
$21,182
$19,790
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,655
$21,750
Monthly Payment Estimate
$378 / month
$363 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Saturn Aura is a neat-looking and responsive mid-size sedan.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 57.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 95
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 35.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
52.2 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 55.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.4 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 41.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.3 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 106.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 68.7
Track Width, Front (in)
59.9 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
190.9 185.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.6 57.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.9 15
Brakes
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 - 11.3 x 0.98
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 - 9.6 x 0.39
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.0 16.4
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 14.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 37.4
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R17 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
QGG NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55R17 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact P195/65HR15
Front Tire Order Code
QGG NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3444 3212
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 15 x 6
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 15 x 6
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.9 7.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
125 90
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
160 @ 4500 166 @ 1950
Engine Order Code
LE5 NA
Displacement
2.4L/145 1.8L/109
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6400 170 @ 5900
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SFI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 1.43
Trans Type
6 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.94 3.44
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 2.18
Trans Order Code
MH8 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.89 3.70
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 3.78
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Saturn Aura Volkswagen Passat
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sdn
Suspension
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.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Independent Torsion Beam
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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