• (3.5) 4 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,537–$7,829
  • Body Style: Wagon
  • Combined MPG: 23-25
  • Engine: 250-hp, 2.3-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
2005 Saab 9-5

Our Take on the Latest Model 2005 Saab 9-5

What We Don't Like

  • Price
  • Control layout

Notable Features

  • Choice of three turbocharged four-cylinders
  • Manual or automatic
  • FWD
  • Standard stability control
  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • Newly available navigation system

2005 Saab 9-5 Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Saab's front-wheel-drive 9-5 midsize sedan and wagon earned subtle styling changes for the 2002 model year. The Swedish automaker also renamed its models Linear, Arc and Aero. Each has an exclusive powertrain, wheel style and interior trim.

For 2004, the Linear model became available only in sport wagon form and the Arc sedan and wagon exchanged their V-6 for a 220-horsepower, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder that teamed with a standard five-speed-manual transmission. Color-matching body trim became standard on the Arc, which could be equipped with 17-inch Sport wheels. The high-performance Aero models also got a sportier exterior appearance. Bi-xenon headlights were offered as a separate option for Arc and Aero models.

The Linear wagon uses a 185-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder, while the high-performance Aero gets a 250-hp version. A new DVD-based navigation system is available for 2005, and Arc models get new 16-inch wheels.

The 9-5 sedan and wagon are easily recognizable as Saab models. Smooth bumpers wrap back to the wheel openings. An integrated grille sits between clear-lens headlights. Saabs are always aerodynamically oriented, and the automaker claims the 9-5 sedan has a coefficient of drag of just 0.29.

Each body style rides a 106.4-inch wheelbase and stands 57 inches tall. The high-performance Aero edition has a firmer suspension and 17-inch tires on 10-spoke alloy wheels.

All 9-5 models hold up to five occupants. Upright chairlike seating permits a comfortable posture. Scandinavian design themes emphasize natural materials. Leather upholstery is wrinkled rather than high-gloss.

Interior themes range from fundamental leather and wood in the Linear to an industrial, high-tech feel that complements the Aero's sporty nature. The Arc model emphasizes luxury touring with its metallic-finished dashboard trim and available ventilated front seats. Sedan trunks hold 15.9 cubic feet of cargo. With the rear seats folded, the wagon can carry 73 cubic feet of cargo.

Under the Hood
The Linear sport wagon uses a 185-hp, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder. A turbocharged 220-hp version goes into the Arc. Performance-packed Aero models get a high-output, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder that cranks out 250 hp. Each engine can team with either a five-speed-manual gearbox or a five-speed-automatic transmission that permits manual gear selection via steering-wheel controls.

Antilock brakes, traction control, an electronic stability system, side-impact airbags that protect the heads and torsos of front-seat occupants, and Saab's active head-restraint system are standard.

Driving Impressions
The 9-5 sedans deliver an appealing and sophisticated highway experience that emphasizes comfort. Despite its firm suspension, even the Aero produces a largely absorbent ride. Each model handles with precise control and runs with alluring quietness. Performance in the Linear version won't set records, but the Aero takes acceleration to a lofty level. Automatic-transmission operation is close to flawless, and the manual gearbox glides between each ratio.

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Fun and luxury

by mowens753 from Harpers Ferry, WV on October 6, 2017

We bought this car for our son to drive to work and school. It was sporty and yet luxurious at the same time. Much better value than the Toyota we were looking at, and much nicer. I liked the car s... Read Full Review

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2005 Saab 9-5 Safety Ratings

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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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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