2011 Saab 9-5 AWD Review

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2011 Saab 9-5 AWD Review

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By JOHN HEILIG

Model: 2011 Saab 9-5 AWD

2.8-liter turbocharged V6

Horsepower/Torque: 300 hp @ rpm/295 lb.-ft. @ 2,000 rpm

6-speed automatic with mode

Wheelbase: 111.7 in.

197.2 x 73.3 x 57.8 in.

P225/55R17

Cargo volume: cu. ft.

Fuel economy: 27 mpg.

Fuel capacity: 18.5

Curb weight: 4,250 (est.)

Sticker: $40,000

The Bottom Line: The new Saab 9-5, basically designed and developed GM’s aegis, is a wonderful, American car than the previous It still retains its Saab-ness, is Saab’s unique character. The of the 9-5 is a strong indication of Saab’s under Spyker and its prospects for the

Fear not, Saab Saab is not …. Although by government-owned GM, it survived not being by Koenisgburg, lay in purgatory for a couple of and was revived when Anthony of Spyker put together a financial and bought Saab at a bargain-basement The future is surprisingly rosy for the almost-… company, which is more like a skunk for the near future, but with a factory to build its cars.

The 9-5, Saab’s new flagship, has to nearly mid-size, with a wheelbase. It’s built on the platform as the Chevrolet Malibu, almost an identical wheelbase.

It has a track, however, which additional shoulder space.

is pure Saab with a nose section and longer overhang. The design was inspired by the X concept car. There’s a new grille design that an old Chrysler (modernized) and a new rear cluster using LEDs.

In at night there’s a light bar sweeps the entire width of the so you’ll know when following a 9-5.

Under the is a turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 that a healthy 300 horsepower. Saab has than 30 years experience turbocharging, and the engine doesn’t any of the dreaded turbo steer can be found in other cars.

Handling is superb. We had an opportunity to the 9-5 on the wonderful Monticello Motor track and it handled like a

As a full-size car, it’s how well the 9-5 handles on the track. The automatic transmission can be manually and in track mode we kept it in or second most of the time. I had no of pushing the 9-5, yet I knew my were decent.

On the highway, we kept it in automatic.

One advantage we had on the track is that the AWD shift power to the wheels need it the most. Therefore, in the wheel with the most gets the most power. In conditions, the slipping wheel the attention.

The 9-5 is a very compliant car to over most road We had an opportunity to drive it over a variety of roads and enjoyed mile. It’s a large that knows how to handle

Front seat comfort is The easy-chair style seats excellent side and lower support, so you can race the 9-5 with or simply enjoy the comfort on a ride. Our test route us along the upper Delaware with some interesting roads. We also took a turn to explore the Roebling and there was no feeling of panic to quick steering.

Thanks to excellent four-wheel brakes, we could make maneuvers.

The rear seats are excellent with side and tremendous leg room. The rear backs fold flat to the trunk. there’s also a if you have four passengers and for example.

Even though a Saab, there’s no transmission-mounted key. Yes, I know the 9-3, but I had to get a dig in. The 9-5 has a standard start/stop to replace the ignition switch.

It is on the center console.

We also found the navigation to be clear. It uses a wide line to show you where to go, reverts back to normal when you have traversed part of the road.

The 9-5 came with a Pilot head-up that indicated speed and signals, among others.

I you’ll find the new Saab 9-5 to be a car of consideration. It arrives in dealers in the of 2010. If you prefer something

Saab will be introducing other new cars within the year.

© 2010 The Auto Syndicate

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