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2009 Saab 9-7X Sport Utility

AWD 4dr 4.2i

Starting at | Starting at 14 MPG City - 20 MPG Highway

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2009 Saab 9-7X Sport Utility

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Saab 9-7X Sport Utility

The 2009 Saab 9-7X is a truck-based sport-utility dressed up for the road, with a full roster of serious luxury-car comfort and convenience features. Yet it still has truck-like towing abilities, with a tow rating of up to 6,600 pounds. The sporty Aero model with its powerful V8 and performance-oriented attributes, broadens the 9-7X's appeal to those who might otherwise look to a more expensive model.

What's new for 2009?

The 2009 Saab 9-7X returns largely unchanged. Small technical upgrades include Bluetooth connectivity and standard navigation available with the new Altitude package (4.2i & 5.3i)

Model Strengths

  • Powerful engine with quick acceleration and towing capability
  • seemingly limitless list of standard equipment
  • unique interior styling

Model Review

The 2009 Saab 9-7X, which is offered in three different models. The base 4.2i is powered by a 285-horsepower, 4.2L inline 6-cylinder engine; the 5.3i upgrades to a 300-horsepower, 5.3L V8; and the top-of-the-line, high-performance Aero model gets a 6.0L V8 making 390 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque.

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Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com's editors drove the new Saab 9-7X in order to give you an expert opinion. That's in addition to all the research that TheCarConnection.com has done, gathering some of the most useful information from road tests on the 9-7X to produce this conclusive review.

Forged in an American assembly plant with either a six- or eight-cylinder engine riding in a truck frame, the 2009 9-7X is the nonconformist in Saab's mode lineup. But it looks like a Saab--at least from some angles, if you're squinting.

Because the 9-7X utilizes the same basic mechanical structure as the Buick Rainier, the fact that designers were able to create a Saab persona in the 9-7X is as impressive as it is surprising. From the side, though, the 9-7X reveals its heritage, and it's not so modern or alluring.

Compared to GM's other SUVs, the Chevrolet TrailBlazer and GMC Envoy, the 9-7X is endowed with an interior that's richer in textures and tastefully styled. Out front, the 9-7X's grille fits right in with Saab's newer 9-3 range. For the 4.2i and 5.3i models, a special Altitude Edition is offered and includes DVD touch screen navigation radio and highly polished 18-inch alloy wheels; for the exterior finish, you can choose Carbon Flash and Diamond Silver Metallic. All models receive Bluetooth hands-free telephone connectivity.

Shoppers have a choice of two very different engines. Inside the 4.2i is a commendably smooth 4.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine with 290 horsepower, while the 5.3i is powered by a 300-horsepower V-8 powerplant. The 5.3-liter engine accelerates the 9-7X from 0-60 mph in less than six seconds, but burns a lot of gas in the process. The inline-six musters 14 mpg city, 20 highway, but the V-8 only manages a pitiful 12 mpg city, 16 highway.

A four-speed automatic transmission is fitted to both the inline-six and the V-8. Standard on both models is a fully automatic all-wheel-drive system with a limited-slip rear differential, as well as fully independent suspension with electronically controlled air shocks in the rear. On the road, the Saab 9-7X's ride gets busy, and the steering is vague and lacks any reassuring feedback in corners. The front seats are good for longer trips, but the second row is somewhat tight for adults, and there's no third-row seat offered.

However, the 9-7X possesses excellent towing capacity--ranging up to 6,600 pounds, which is enough to tow even larger boat trailers--and lots of low-end grunt to match.

Features such as an AM/FM/XM six-disc, in-dash CD changer with rear-seat audio controls are all standard equipment on the 2009 Saab 9-7X. An in-dash, DVD-based navigation system is available, as is OnStar turn-by-turn navigation, as well as other options, including a DVD entertainment system, an upgraded Bose audio system, and a power sunroof.

Safety remains an odd blemish--considering the 9-7X wears the badge of an automaker with a legacy of above-average occupant protection. The Saab 9-7X receives only three stars for driver front-impact protection, and four for the front passenger. In side impacts, the Saab 9-7X rates five stars, and it merits four stars for rollover resistance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the 2009 Saab 9-7X as "acceptable" for front impacts and "marginal" for side impacts. Standard features include anti-lock brakes, front and side-curtain airbags, and stability control.


The Bottom Line:

A smart appearance can't mask the 2009 Saab 9-7X's outdated GM truck design with vague handling, middle-of-the-road crash-test scores, and mediocre fuel economy figures.

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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
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side 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

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty  help
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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