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2011 Saab 9-4X

$8,354 — $29,122 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
18-21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Stylish wheels on 9-4X Aero
  • Unique exterior

The Bad

  • Headroom with panoramic moonroof
  • Backseat sits too low to the ground

What to Know

about the 2011 Saab 9-4X
  • Saab's first small crossover
  • Shares underpinnings with Cadillac SRX
  • FWD or AWD
  • Available turbocharged V-6
  • Available adaptive suspension

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

From the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, Cars.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2012 Saab 9-4X.

Vehicle Overview

Saab's 9-4X hits dealerships after three years' buildup. Shown in concept form back in January 2008, the five-seater finally puts the Scandinavian automaker into the luxury crossover segment. The 9-4X shares underpinnings with the Cadillac SRX from onetime parent company GM. As such, competitors include everything from the Lexus RX 350 to the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLK and BMW X3.

Trim levels include the V-6 3.0i and 3.0i Premium, both with front- or all-wheel drive. A turbocharged 9-4X Aero tops off the lineup. The Aero comes only with all-wheel drive.

Exterior
The 9-4X sports styling cues similar to Saab's new 9-5 sedan, complete with black window pillars and side mirrors to give the semblance of a wraparound windshield. Up front is the automaker's trademark three-portal grille, and the headlights employ blue-tinted lenses under what Saab calls its "ice-block" theme. Lower portions of the bumpers are clad in gray.

Aero versions have mesh grille inserts, fog lights, xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and 20-inch alloy wheels. Xenon headlights are optional on the 3.0i Premium. Both 3.0i and 3.0i Premium trims have 18-inch alloys. A panoramic moonroof is optional across the board.

Interior
The 9-4X's dash puts a single, curling dome over the instruments and center controls. Saab's signature air vents employ a joystick-like knob for directional airflow. The three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel has standard cruise and audi...

Vehicle Overview

Saab's 9-4X hits dealerships after three years' buildup. Shown in concept form back in January 2008, the five-seater finally puts the Scandinavian automaker into the luxury crossover segment. The 9-4X shares underpinnings with the Cadillac SRX from onetime parent company GM. As such, competitors include everything from the Lexus RX 350 to the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLK and BMW X3.

Trim levels include the V-6 3.0i and 3.0i Premium, both with front- or all-wheel drive. A turbocharged 9-4X Aero tops off the lineup. The Aero comes only with all-wheel drive.

Exterior
The 9-4X sports styling cues similar to Saab's new 9-5 sedan, complete with black window pillars and side mirrors to give the semblance of a wraparound windshield. Up front is the automaker's trademark three-portal grille, and the headlights employ blue-tinted lenses under what Saab calls its "ice-block" theme. Lower portions of the bumpers are clad in gray.

Aero versions have mesh grille inserts, fog lights, xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and 20-inch alloy wheels. Xenon headlights are optional on the 3.0i Premium. Both 3.0i and 3.0i Premium trims have 18-inch alloys. A panoramic moonroof is optional across the board.

Interior
The 9-4X's dash puts a single, curling dome over the instruments and center controls. Saab's signature air vents employ a joystick-like knob for directional airflow. The three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel has standard cruise and audio controls. Vinyl seats and faux wood trim are standard. Genuine leather, heated and cooled front seats and faux carbon fiber trim are optional.

The rear seat folds in a 60/40 split, with a center pass-through for skis or other long items. Rear climate control and heated rear seats are optional. Behind the rear seats is 29.2 cubic feet of cargo capacity — ahead of the GLK's 23.3 cubic feet, and in the neighborhood of the X3 and Q5. The larger RX, meanwhile, has 40 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
The 9-4X 3.0i and 3.0i Premium have a 3.0-liter V-6 with 265 horsepower and 223 pounds-feet of torque. The Aero has a turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 with 300 hp and 295 pounds-feet of torque. It comes standard with all-wheel drive, which is optional on lesser trims. Both engines operate through a six-speed automatic transmission. The Aero has steering-wheel paddle shifters, as well as an adaptive suspension that can be set to varying levels of firmness.

Safety
Six airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are standard.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
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Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

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(5.0)

Awesome luxury SUV Saab out with a bang.

by Cwglindn from Tucson, AZ on October 13, 2018

Maybe a collector car only about 814 made, made only the last year of Saab. A luxury SUV based on the Cadillac SRX but greatly improved by Saab. A solid and heavy SUV 3.0 is a little sluggish and low ... Read full review

(5.0)

Greatest vehicle ever

by Bubba from Shiloh pa on July 13, 2017

Want a perfect ride? Want a dependable ride? Cold air? Hot heat? Sweet ride? SAAB 9-4x If you enjoy cruising with the sunroof open or the ax on you will not regret this car ever... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Saab 9-4X currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Saab 9-4X 3.0i

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 9-4X received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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