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 GL Manual
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
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
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.3 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 106.4
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
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
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - 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
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
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 15 x 6
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
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
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
160 @ 4500 166 @ 1950
Engine Order Code
LE5 NA
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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