2009 Saab 9-7X

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$42,615

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2009 Saab 9-7X

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • V-8 performance
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Lots of standard features

The bad:

  • Ride on rougher pavement
  • Dated styling
  • Gas mileage
  • Six-cylinder noisier than V-8

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Six-cylinder or V-8 power
  • Standard AWD
  • Electronic stability system
  • Seats five

2009 Saab 9-7X review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Saab’s five-seat 9-7X is structurally related to the Chevrolet TrailBlazer and GMC Envoy, and it competes with other upmarket SUVs such as the Volvo XC90 and Volkswagen Touareg 2. The 9-7X is available in 4.2i, 5.3i and Aero trim levels.

New for 2009
There are no significant changes for the 2009 Saab 9-7X.

Exterior
Saab’s traditional three-port grille sits up front, and the company says the 9-7X doesn’t have any protruding shapes and forms, resulting in a clean, uninterrupted appearance. Built on a 113-inch wheelbase, the 9-7X is 193.2 inches long overall, 75.4 inches wide and 68.5 inches tall. It is close to the XC90 and the Touareg 2 in both width and height, but it is the longest by nearly 4 inches.

  • Standard 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Optional dealer-installed side-assist steps are black with chrome-plated edges
  • 20-inch polished aluminum wheels on Aero model

Interior
Five people fit inside the full-size 9-7X. Saab’s styling cues include a distinct instrument panel and components that hail from the automaker’s 9-5 sedan and wagon. Cargo space totals 39.8 cubic feet with the 65/35-split rear seat up, and 80.1 cubic feet with that seat folded.

  • Standard leather-trimmed, heated front seats
  • Standard automatic climate control
  • Standard Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • Standard Bose 275-watt audio system with six speakers
  • Standard XM Satellite Radio
  • Optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system
  • Altitude Edition offered on 4.2i and 5.3i models includes DVD touch-screen navigation radio

Under the Hood
Three engines are available for the 9-7X: an inline-six-cylinder and two V-8s. The 5.3-liter V-8 comes equipped with fuel-saving Active Fuel Management technology, which disables half the cylinders when they’re not needed. All engines team with a four-speed automatic transmission. Aero models feature a sport-tuned suspension and upgraded tires and brakes.

  • 285-horsepower, 4.2-liter inline-six with 276 pounds-feet of torque
  • 300-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 with 321 pounds-feet of torque
  • 390-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 with 400 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Properly equipped models can tow up to 6,500 pounds

Safety
Standard OnStar automatically notifies emergency personnel in the event of a crash severe enough to deploy an airbag.

  • Electronic stability system
  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Side curtain airbags with rollover-sensing system
  • Front seat belt pretensioners

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

Great SUV for the snow

Great vehicle for a single family.... Good on n off road n in snow as well.... Towing is great......... N in car cargo is large

4.4

When will something finally go wrong?

So I've had a fully loaded, every single option, 5.3 liter 9-7x for two years now. It is a 2007. I drive it every day as a commuter and once in a while tow my 5000lb boat when my main tow vehicle is not available. Here's the thing about this car. I have 75,000 miles on it now and nothing, I repeat nothing has needed to be fixed or broken or worn or anything. I'm talking weld the hood shut reliable. I still can't believe I haven't spent a penny on it except gas and oil changes. It will finally need tires soon and that's going to be the extent of my ownership costs. Here's the bad parts however. It corners like it is on rails...literally pull up the skid pad tests and you aren't going to find another body on frame suv with this kind of road gripping performance. It is so amazing it will easily out perform the tires and I have high end tires on it. Even the Chevy Trailblazer SS (that copied the SAAB technology as it is a later released GM) is not quite as good. That's great but how often do you need that level of performance. I can tell you not that often and so the down side of that level of cornering ability is a really bumpy ride. You feel the bumps and cracks in the road and that gets a bit old. The nav unit has a nice big screen but so many times it can't locate an address in the data base and that is even with the most updated nav disc and with old addresses. I hate when I have to break down and use the nav. That's about the extent of the bad that I can come up with after driving 30,000 miles in my 9-7. Other things that I like are: Factory xenon headlights with washers: Torque of the V8 especially when towing a lot of weight Tan and Black interior with French stitching Relatively modern dash for what really is an old platform I surprisingly get a lot of compliments on it as though it is a much more expensive vehicle. I like that the nav disc has it's own dedicated slot as well so you don't have to choose whether you want to use the nav disc or a cd. Since this car doesn't have an ipod connection (which can be done for literally $5 if you care to) you can connect the ipod or whatever device you want to up to the rear entertainment system as a sort of boot leg work around and hear the music or watch a movie from the device. As for mileage, it is a nearly 5000lb vehicle with an 8 cylinder engine. Who would buy this then complain as though somehow they thought that was a winning combination for fuel efficiency?

4.9

One ot the best car I have ever owned.

I have owned a GMC Envoy and a Buick Rainer which are very similar . This car is much nicer in style luxury and options. It has better handling and ride. I am very happy with this car. It is mostly a GM product but a like the Saab touchs.

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