The Saab 9-5 is the newest Saab that has been redesigned by the company, and the newest 9-5 in more than a decade of production. A lot is riding on the 9-5 after Saab's recent encounters with bankruptcy and financial problems, but fortunately the car delivers on Saab's mix of practicality, sport, and--of course--quirkiness.
The 9-5 comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in front-wheel-drive guise, but is also available with a 2.8-liter turbocharged V-6 and Saab's advanced XWD four-wheel-drive system that varies power between all four wheels. In top Aero model, the 9-5 is a respectable performer, with a strong engine and all-wheel-drive poise.
Overall, the 9-5 is well-equipped with Saab's best safety features like active head restraints and rollover protection, while features like steering wheel controls, satellite radio, and traditional Saab quirks like the Night Panel (which blanks out the gauges except for ones in use) and an ignition switch in the center console are standard. Parking assistance, a panoramic moonroof, and adaptive suspensions are all standard on the Aero model. Next Page »