• (4.6) 5 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $4,350–$10,538
  • Body Style: Wagon
  • Combined MPG: 22
  • Engine: 260-hp, 2.3-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
2009 Saab 9-5

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Saab 9-5

What We Don't Like

  • Aged platform

Notable Features

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

2009 Saab 9-5 Reviews

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.

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

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

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

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Timeless Design that Continues to Attract Loyalty

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

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2009 Saab 9-5 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Free Scheduled Maintenance


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Warranties Explained


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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