Summary, Prices, Specs

By May 2, 2011

Summary

The all-new Saab 9-5 is smooth, quiet, comfortable and very well built. It's different enough to stand out, but generally understated in exterior design. It's the roomiest Saab sedan ever, with the most high-tech features. The four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive 9-5 Turbo4 is adequately powered, more than competent in every aspect of its dynamic performance, and surprisingly fuel efficient. The V6 all-wheel-drive 9-5 Turbo6 and Aero models are more exciting. In objective terms, the 9-5 is arguably the best, most advanced Saab yet. Saab loyalists should rush for a look at this car.

NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent J.P. Vettraino reported from Detroit.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Saab 9-5 Turbo4 sedan ($38,525); Turbo4 Premium ($43,435); Turbo6 XWD ($48,030); Aero XWD ($49,565)
Engines:220-hp 2.0-liter inline 4; 300-hp 2.8-liter V6
Transmissions:6-speed manual; 6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):front-impact airbags, front passenger side-impact airbags, rear passenger side-impact airbags, curtain-style head protection airbags for all outboard seats, active front headrests, roll-over sensor, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control with traction control, OnStar automatic crash response, tire-pressure monitor
Safety equipment (optional):bi-xenon active headlights, park sensing sonar, lane departure warning; all-wheel drive
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000
Assembled in:Trollhattan, Sweden
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Saab 9-5 Aero XWD ($49,565)
Standard equipment:leather-trimmed, heated power front seats with driver memory, dark titanium metal trim, AM-FM stereo with nine speakers, single CD, XM satellite radio receiver, USB port and Bluetooth device connection, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote keyless entry with proximity key and push-button start, power windows with one-touch operation, cruise control, tilt-telescope steering wheel with audio and climate controls, auto-dimming rearview mirror, universal garage-door transceiver, cooled glovebox, three 12-volt power points, aluminum pedals, folding rear seat with trunk pass-through, panoramic sunroof, power-folding outside mirrors with auto-dimming, bi-xenon active headlights with washers, fog lights, automatically variable suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSPR):navigation system with eight-inch screen, voice command and 10-gigabyte storage drive ($2,395); Technology Package ($1,695) includes head-up display, advanced park assist and lane departure warning; harman/kardon surround audio with six-disk changer ($995); 19-inch alloy wheels with summer performance tires ($750)
Destination charge:$825
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$56225
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:2.8-liter dohc 24v turbocharged V6 with variable valve timing
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):300 @ 5500
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):295 @ 2000
Transmission:6-speed automatic with sequential manual shift feature
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:17/27 mpg
Wheelbase:111.7 in.
Length/width/height:197.2/73.5/57.1 in.
Track, f/r:62.4/62.4 in.
Turning circle:39.0 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:38.0/NA/42.2 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:36.8/NA/38.6 in.
Cargo volume:18.2 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, with struts and anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:independent, H-arm with coil springs and anti-roll bar
Ground clearance:4.8 in.
Curb weigth:4365 lbs.
Tires:P245/40R19 performance
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/vented disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:18.5 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of May 2, 2011.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-722-2872 - www.saabusa.com