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2011 Saab 9-5 Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by mplegg



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Reviewed: 2011 Saab 9-5

4dr Sedan turbocharged 220hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Why the 2011 Saab 9-5?

Exterior styling

One of the more stylish vehicles in its class. Looks smaller than it actually is. The exterior is nothing like a Buick Lacrosse and looks nothing like anything else in its price range.

Fuel economy

So far doing mixed highway and suburban driving, getting about 26-28 on the highway while around 19-22 driving around suburbs.


While it is longer than a Cadillac CTS Sedan, it feels much smaller from behind the wheel. Haven driven the CTS before the Sabb 9-5 has a much sportier handling and feel.

Powertrain performance

The 2.0L may seem under power on paper but it delivers more than enough for the car. It can take a second for the turbo to kick in, but once it does the car has no problems passing on highways or getting up to a certain speed on the on-ramps.

Rear seat room & comfort

One of the roomiest back seats of any vehicle. Test drove competitors TL, A4 and 3-series and found that none of their backseat room was anywhere close to the Saab's. Also the truck is extremely large making the car very useful for a growing family.

Why Not the 2011 Saab 9-5?

Insurance cost

With Saab going bankrupt the 9-5 may not have high resale value. Insurance on the other hand has not been a problem and am not paying much more than any other vehicle.

Brand reputation & image

With GM destroying whatever brand loyalty Saab had, it is difficult to imagine Saab regaining close to what had before GM.

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