The 2001 Saab 9-5 combines some elements of the best luxury sedans with the pep of some sportier sedans. There’s plenty of power with a five speed manual transmission. It also offers lots of features, a number of different models, and it comes in a wagon as well.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 2.3-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Saab 9-5 2.3t, Saab 9-5 SE, Saab 9-5 Aero
In addition to some stylish metallic paint options, the 2001 Saab 9-5 brings more horsepower and the highly praised and popular OnStar telematics system.
The 2001 Saab 9-5 showcases 16-inch alloy wheels, 17-inch on the Aero with all-season tires, and a power glass sunroof. The base model comes in seven colors: Laser Red, Midnight Blue, Black, Cirrus White, Silver Metallic, Steel Gray Metallic, and Sun Green Metallic.
The 2001 Saab 9-5 features heated power mirrors, bucket front seats with an eight-way power seat for the driver, power steering, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio controls on the wheel, dual climate controls, trip computer, and a CD player stereo with leather steering wheel and leather trim on the shift knob. The upgraded models add an advanced 200-watt stereo system, electrochromatic inside rear view mirror, and memorized settings for three drivers.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Saab 9-5 gets four-wheel independent suspension, traction control, and responsive brakes. Consumers will love the handling to go along with the impressive power attached to the five speed manual transmission. The standard 2.3t comes with a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine with that five-speed manual transmission (four-speed automatic optional), which gives a nice 185 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. Consumers can upgrade the base model with a premium package to ramp up the luxury feel. Besides the base 2.3t, there’s the SE with 3.0-liter, V-6 engine mated to a four-speed automatic. The V-6 offers 200 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque. If consumers are looking to combine the luxury of the SE with more sportiness, there’s the Aero, which has a five-speed manual transmission mated to the 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine, resulting in up to 230 horses and 258 lb-ft of torque.
The 2001 Saab 9-5 is loaded with safety features, including front head and dual front side-mounted airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, electronic brake force distribution, traction control, and front and rear headrests. For theft protection, it has a remote anti-theft alarm system and engine immobilizer, child seat anchors, and rear child safety locks. Consumers will also find an emergency interior trunk release, cornering and daytime running lights and the OnStar telecommunications system on hand to assist with any unexpected emergency.
EPA Fuel Economy
Saab 9-5 2.3t Sedan: 19/28 mpg city/highway
Saab 9-5 2.3t Wagon: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Saab 9-5 SE V6t Sedan: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Saab 9-5 SE V6t Wagon: 16/24 mpg city/highway
Saab 9-5 Aero Sedan: 19/26 mpg city/highway
Saab 9-5 Aero Wagon: 18/24 mpg city/highway
- Quality steering/braking
- Combines luxury and sportiness
- Wagon option
You Won't Like
- Not as stylish as some other sedans/wagons
- Manual transmission not standard in SE V6t
- Sportier Aero model somewhat pricey for a near-luxury sedan
Not the leader in luxury or sportiness, but has a reasonable price .
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