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Selected Style 4-Door Wagon 2.4L FWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Wagon FWD 2.4L 20 28 $25,206 $26,815
4-Door Wagon FWD 2.4L w/Snrf 20 28 $25,206 $26,815
4-Door Wagon FWD 2.5T 19 27 $27,932 $29,715
4-Door Wagon FWD 2.5T w/Snrf 19 27 $27,932 $29,715
4-Door Wagon AWD 2.5T 18 26 $29,671 $31,565
4-Door Wagon AWD 2.5T w/Snrf 18 26 $29,671 $31,565
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Touring
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Touring 19 29 $28,933 $30,360
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Comfort 19 28 $32,544 $34,150
4-Door Sedan Aero 15 24 $41,555 $43,605
4-Door Wagon 2.0T Touring 19 29 $30,295 $31,790
4-Door Wagon 2.0T Comfort 19 27 $33,655 $35,315
4-Door Wagon AWD Aero 15 24 $42,775 $44,885
2-Door Convertible 2.0T Touring 19 27 $40,149 $42,130
2-Door Convertible 2.0T Comfort 19 27 $42,365 $44,455
2-Door Convertible Aero 15 24 $48,917 $51,330
4-Door Sedan 2.0T XWD 17 27 $34,684 $36,395
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Sport 19 28 $35,394 $37,140
4-Door Wagon 2.0T XWD 17 27 $36,032 $37,810
4-Door Wagon 2.0T Sport 19 27 $36,504 $38,305
2-Door Convertible 2.0T Sport 19 27 $45,119 $47,345
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,206
$28,933
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,815
$30,360
Monthly Payment Estimate
$447 / month
$506 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2008 Volvo V50 has the efficiency and compactness of a small car with the available safety features and poise of a larger sport wagon. Despite rather conservative styling, the 2009 Saab 9-3 is one of the boldest performers in its class.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 20 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 28 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Small Station Wagon Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 50.7 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.2 56.3
Second Head Room (in) 38.1 37.0
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.1 55.1
Front Leg Room (in) 41.6 42.3
Front Hip Room (in) 53.7 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 34.4 35.1
Front Head Room (in) 38.9 38.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 93 93.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 60.4 60.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 5.9
Length, Overall (in) 178.0 182.9
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - -
Height, Overall (in) 57.4 57.1
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.3 59.3
Wheelbase (in) 103.9 105.3
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 69.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) 64.7 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 62.6 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) 33.3 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 27.4 -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 15.0
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x - TBD - 11.1 x - TBD -
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) 11.0 x - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.9 16.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.4 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.9 39.0
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.9 2.97
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA QYS
Front Tire Size P205/55R16 P215/55HR16
Spare Tire Size - TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA QYS
Spare Tire Order Code NA N65
Rear Tire Size P205/55R16 P215/55HR16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3321 3210
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Alloy Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 120
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 168 @ 6000 210 @ 5500
Engine Type Gas I5 Turbocharged I4
Fuel System EFI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 170 @ 4400 221 @ 2500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.4L/149 2.0L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 20 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 29
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 23
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.02 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again Geartronic NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 5.11 3.54
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 3.03 2.04
Trans Order Code NA MM3
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.44 3.55
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.34 1.05
Trans Description Cont. Automatic, Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.71
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.66 3.77
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.98 1.37
Trans Type 5 6
Summary
Vehicle Name Volvo V50 Saab 9-3
Body Style 5 Door Wagon 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 6
 
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