2009 Saab 9-5

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Key Specs

of the 2009 Saab 9‑5. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Construction quality
  • Handling and control
  • Transmission operation

The Bad

  • Aged platform
2009 Saab 9-5 exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2009 Saab 9-5

  • 260-hp four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • Standard rain-sensing wipers

2009 Saab 9-5 Overview

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Vehicle Overview
The 9-5 is Saab's top-of-the-line car, and it competes with cars such as the Acura TL, Volvo S60 and Lincoln MKZ. It's available as both a sedan and wagon, which Saab calls a SportCombi. All 9-5s are front-wheel drive and are powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine.

New for 2009
A high-gloss metallic black interior finish is new for the 2009 Saab 9-5.

Exterior
A visibility option package includes xenon headlamps, power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors, and rear park assist. Standard wheels on all trims measure 17 inches in diameter. The 9-5 sedan measures 190.4 inches long, 70.5 inches wide and 57.2 inches tall. Compared to the Acura TL, Volvo S60 and Lincoln MKZ, the 9-5 is the tallest but also the narrowest. It's nearly the same length as the Lincoln and Acura but 9 inches longer than the Volvo.
  • New 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels on Aero
  • Matte chrome roof rails on Aero SportCombi


Interior
The 9-5 can seat up to five people. The audio system includes MP3-play capability, XM Satellite Radio and an in-dash six-CD changer. Satellite radio and the CD changer are not available if you opt for the optional DVD navigation system. Standard interior features include:
  • Power moonroof
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Eight-way power-adjustable front seats


Under the Hood
The front-wheel-drive 9-5's turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder generates 260 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque. The Aero includ...
Vehicle Overview
The 9-5 is Saab's top-of-the-line car, and it competes with cars such as the Acura TL, Volvo S60 and Lincoln MKZ. It's available as both a sedan and wagon, which Saab calls a SportCombi. All 9-5s are front-wheel drive and are powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine.

New for 2009
A high-gloss metallic black interior finish is new for the 2009 Saab 9-5.

Exterior
A visibility option package includes xenon headlamps, power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors, and rear park assist. Standard wheels on all trims measure 17 inches in diameter. The 9-5 sedan measures 190.4 inches long, 70.5 inches wide and 57.2 inches tall. Compared to the Acura TL, Volvo S60 and Lincoln MKZ, the 9-5 is the tallest but also the narrowest. It's nearly the same length as the Lincoln and Acura but 9 inches longer than the Volvo.
  • New 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels on Aero
  • Matte chrome roof rails on Aero SportCombi


Interior
The 9-5 can seat up to five people. The audio system includes MP3-play capability, XM Satellite Radio and an in-dash six-CD changer. Satellite radio and the CD changer are not available if you opt for the optional DVD navigation system. Standard interior features include:
  • Power moonroof
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Eight-way power-adjustable front seats


Under the Hood
The front-wheel-drive 9-5's turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder generates 260 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque. The Aero includes a lower sport-tuned chassis to improve handling.
  • Standard five-speed automatic
  • Available five-speed manual


Safety
Standard features include:
  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for front seats



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Latest Reviews

(5.0)

always loved SAAB

by sonny from Norristown Pa on April 27, 2018

Great handling, lovely sound and very solid brand so much fun to drive. much more than Honda and Toyota and way cheaper to maintain than the German's Read full review

(4.0)

Timeless Design that Continues to Attract Loyalty

by 30+ Yrs of Saab Ownership from New England on April 4, 2015

As with the 2008 MY sedan, the 2009 continues to be GM's pure luxury brand attracting buyers that don't buy Cadillac's, but rather are import sports sedan consumers. The 2009 Saab 9-5 sedan has a very ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2009 Saab 9-5 currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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 9-5 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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