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2011 Saab 9-5

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$4,248 — $20,148 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
22-26 MPG
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Overview

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The Good

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

The Bad

  • Pending further review
2011 Saab 9-5 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Saab 9-5
  • 3 new trim levels for 2011
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Choice of turbo engines
  • Available head-up display

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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 so...

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

What drivers are saying

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(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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by Savvas0711 from NEW YORK on November 21, 2018

Exciting to Drive No one else had one. Comfortable Addicting Love driving everywhere Complete driving package. Futuristic and gorgeous styling CD .29 V6 power. Turbo rush and AWD Read full review

(4.0)

Perfect car for me! $12K for a $50K car!

by David from Portage on November 21, 2018

This car is the perfect combination of luxury, sportiness, performance, and practicality. Tons of cool tech features you wouldn't expect in a seven year old car. Read full review

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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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