...A likable sedan in numerous ways, but it lags behind the competition when it comes to providing class-leading luxury or performance.
...Interior themes range from fundamental leather and wood in the Linear to an industrial, high-tech feel that complements the Aero's sporty nature. The Arc model emphasizes luxury touring with its metallic-finished dashboard trim and available ventilated front seats. Sedan trunks hold 15.9 cubic feet of cargo. With the rear seats folded, the wagon can carry 73 cubic feet of cargo. Under the Hood The Linear sport wagon uses a 185-hp, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder. A turbocharged 220-hp version goes into the Arc. Performance-packed Aero models get a high-output, turbocharged 2.3-liter...
...All engines are matched with a five-speed manual transmission, while a five-speed automatic is optional. One of the strongest selling points for both the 9-3 and 9-5 Saabs is fuel economy. EPA estimates are 21/29 mpg with the manual and 19/28 mpg with the automatic. According to owners and reviewers, the 9-5 offers an enjoyable driving experience. Despite a slight throttle response delay due to the turbo, acceleration is fairly brisk on all models. The Arc and Linear models offer a smooth ride on most reasonably groomed surfaces, but the Aero's sport-tuned suspension may be a bit too stiff...
There are a lot more cars at the top of the test ranks at both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration... read more June 16, 2011 by Nelson Ireson
Very quietly, a new, completely redesigned 9-5 sedan arrived last year. As Saab was changing hands and repositioning itself as an automaker, much of the car-shopping public... read more June 16, 2011 by Bengt Halvorson 5
Production at the main factory of Swedish automaker Saab has restarted this morning after it was halted by a dispute over unpaid suppliers. Adding to concerns over the future... read more March 30, 2011 by John Voelcker 3
Wagon fans, rejoice: all is not lost, at least not at Saab. Even as other carmakers kill off or write off their wagon models for the U.S., the 9-5 SportCombi is making new... read more February 24, 2011 by Nelson Ireson
UPDATE: As several intrepid (and sharp-eyed) readers have pointed out, there is a quarter-second shot of a GM-era convertible around the 16-second mark. Good catch. As for... read more February 3, 2011 by Nelson Ireson 3