2011 Saab 9-5

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$38,525

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2011 Saab 9-5
2011 Saab 9-5

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Performance potential
  • Unique looks
  • Premium interior materials
  • Roomy cabin

The bad:

  • Pending further review

4 trims

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Notable features

  • 3 new trim levels for 2011
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Choice of turbo engines
  • Available head-up display

2011 Saab 9-5 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

Saab redesigned its flagship 9-5 sedan for 2010, but only about 600 were available in the U.S. near the end of the model year, all of which were Aero XWD (all-wheel drive) models with a turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission. Saab is now owned by Spyker Cars, a Dutch carmaker that acquired the Swedish brand from General Motors, but the 9-5 was developed under GM’s ownership, so it uses GM engines and other major components. A 9-5 SportCombi wagon is due in fall 2011.

New for 2011
Saab has added three trim levels to the 9-5 lineup. The front-drive Turbo4 and Turbo4 Premium come with a 220-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection, and the Turbo6 XWD uses the 300-hp, turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 found in the Aero XWD.

Exterior
There’s a clear connection between the new 9-5’s face and its predecessor’s, with its trapezoidal grille flanked by angular headlights, but the implementation on the redesigned model results in a cleaner look. Smoother sheet metal overall contributes to this impression.

One of the 9-5’s interesting design cues is its blacked-out windshield pillars, which do a lot to alter the sedan’s appearance. The sloping rear window and trunklid also help define it. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch wheels
  • Optional 18-inch wheels
  • Optional panoramic moonroof with power tilt/slide
  • Optional bi-xenon adaptive headlights

Interior
The 9-5’s cabin is also something of an evolution of the previous model, as it still features a driver-oriented dashboard. There’s wider use of premium materials now, befitting the class in which it competes.

A unique design cue is the plastic trim in the middle of the dash that features a mesh-like pattern. The driver faces a three-pod instrument panel with a central speedometer; an available head-up display projects vehicle information on the windshield.

Additional available features include a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, a navigation system with an 8-inch touch-screen and a backseat entertainment system. Other interior features include:

  • Keyless ignition with available remote starter and passive entry
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone system
  • USB connector
  • OnStar communications system
  • Optional alloy pedals

Under the Hood
The 9-5 is powered by a 300-hp, turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 or a 220-hp, turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder. An adaptive suspension with driver-selectable settings and an electronic limited-slip rear differential is standard on the Aero XWD. Mechanical features include:

  • 220-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (front-wheel drive)
  • 300-hp, turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 (all-wheel drive)
  • Six-speed manual transmission (Turbo4 only)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission

Safety
Standard safety equipment includes:

  • Electronic stability system
  • Traction control
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows of seats
  • Side thorax airbags for both rows
  • Four-wheel antilock disc brakes

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

All around great sports sedan.

This was the 4th Saab that I owned over the years. They were all great cars... fast, fun and reliable. Too bad they are no more.

5.0

Great car for the value

Clean ride low mileage, great seller! Love this car, thank you! I seller was kind and patient, last saab there is, good ride! The interior is in a class of it's own, thanks.

4.6

An absolute pleasure to own

This car is reliable, well appointed, stylish, and fun to drive. The four cylinder had plenary of power with the turbo. Lag is minimal, it’s a blast to drive. Highway driving is just a dream

See all 51 consumer reviews

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