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2009 Saab 9-5 Sedan

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2009 Saab 9-5 Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Saab 9-5 Sedan

The Saab 9-5 sedan and wagon offer a unique Scandinavian front-wheel-drive, luxury experience for the discriminating shopper. Both body types boast Saab's 2.3L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that delivers V6 performance with the frugality of a 4-cylinder engine. In addition to the powerplant, safety and comfort are what separate the 9-5 from its competition.

What's new for 2009?

The Saab 9-5 continues into 2009 with very few revisions.

Model Strengths

  • Extraordinarily comfortable seats
  • high marks for safety
  • outstanding performance and economy.

Model Review

All 2009 Saab 9-5s come standard with a host of safety and convenience features. In addition to front and side air bags, head curtain air bags are also standard. Saab's patented Active Head Restraints actually move forward in a rear end collision to cup your head and reduce incidents of whiplash. ABS brakes with discs at all four corners provide safe stops, traction control assists in slippery conditions, and an electronic stability program helps prevent spins. OnStar is newly standard.

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Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com's editors drove the 2009 Saab 9-5 in order to give you an expert opinion. TheCarConnection.com also researched available road tests on the new Saab 9-5 to produce this conclusive review and to help you find the truth where other reviews might differ.

The mid-size 9-5 was introduced more than a decade ago, and it hasn't seen a full redesign since. It's finally due for a replacement for 2010 but, in the meantime, carries into 2009 with minimal updates. The 9-5 is still offered in sedan and wagon (SportCombi) variants, including the 2.3T Sport Sedan and SportCombi models, as well as the sportier Aero Sport Sedan and Aero SportCombi models.

A 2.3-liter inline four-cylinder turbo engine with 260 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque propels all 9-5 models. Power is delivered to the front wheels via a five-speed automatic Sentronic transmission or optional five-speed manual transmission. Considering the 9-5's aged design, the powertrains are still quite competitive, with strong acceleration and good passing response, although the engine feels out of place in a high-end car, as it's not nearly as smooth in the low revs as most of the six-cylinder engines in rival vehicles. At 18 mpg city, 28 highway with the manual and 17/26 mpg with the automatic transmission, the Saab 9-5 gets reasonably good fuel economy.

Handling, especially under hard acceleration, is the most common complaint about the Saab 9-5. Although it has been reduced, the 2009 version still exhibits the familiar torque steer--a pull to one side or the other when you press the throttle. The Aero version of the Saab 9-5 features a retuned suspension with tighter springs and higher damping rates, as well as a larger anti-roll bar, and it controls the wheels a little better. Ride compliance is more sporting (read: tauter), but in general, the Aero is the most pleasant 9-5 to drive; the standard version has an exceptionally smooth ride.

The Saab 9-5 has a quirky but well-designed interior. The instrument panel is an upright wall of drab plastic and looks, indeed, stuck in the '90s, but the front seats are wonderful, and one of the virtues of its older design is that the comfortable backseats have a wide-open view of the road--something the hunkered-down, thick-necked sedans of today can't match. A large trunk is also a part of the equation.

All 2009 Saab 9-5s receive revised power window switches in the center console, while Aero models also feature a high-gloss metallic black interior finish and new 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels. Rain-sensing windshield wipers, leather sport seats, front and side airbags, an in-dash six-CD changer, XM Satellite Radio, and an input jack for MP3 players are included on the standard-features list. All models feature a cooled glove box to keep drinks chilled, as well as dual-zone climate control.

Safety features on the 9-5 include electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, and an integrated side-thorax side airbag system for front occupants. The 9-5 doesn't have side-curtain bags that provide head protection in back. The 2009 Saab 9-5 gets mostly five-star crash ratings from NHTSA, save for four-star ratings in passenger-side impact and rollover resistance.


The Bottom Line:

If you don't mind buying a 2009 Saab 9-5 that looks almost exactly like the 1999 model, there's still a lot of quirky appeal.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Opt
Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
Rain Sensing Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/100,000 Miles

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