Saab 9-5

The most recent models of the Saab 9-5 enjoy incredible popularity with Saab fans and those who appreciate General Motors offers for the model. At the time of the design, GM still owned Saab.

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Saab 9-5 Origins

It’s hardly uncommon to find many of the well-known automakers started out in different fields. For example, several of the U.S. carmakers originally manufactured carriages and buggies. In Europe, things differed, and many automotive companies started as part of the World War II war effort. This is the case for Saab. The Swedish company first started producing airplanes, in both the bomber and fighter designs, in 1938. After basing its airplanes on German and American designs, Saab offered the first completely Swedish-designed aircraft, the Saab 17.

After the war ended, the company needed a new direction, and making high-quality automobiles seemed like a good way to go. The executives at Saab decided to offer the public affordable, safe cars. Up to this point, this particular market had been largely ignored by the other car manufacturers. As it turns out, Saab made a good choice. The company quickly became known for its quality cars offered at reasonable prices.

Saab has continued to offer its various lines of vehicles in several of the world’s markets, including the U.S. The 9-5 series provides just one example of the quality cars available.

About the Saab 9-5

Like most of the lineup from Saab, past and present, the 9-5 series of sedans enjoys a reputation for being well-made and reliable. Interestingly enough, this particular model lasted 11 years in its original guise. Most carmakers update or retire models much sooner than that. This one proved so popular that Saab left well enough alone until an update became imperative. The 2010 model year marked the changes for the 9-5, and so far it appears successful.

This car doesn’t necessarily offer the same precision as the older models, but it does offer a fun and reliable driving experience. In test drives, it receives favorable reviews for quick response. The attractive styling of the body and interior also attract a lot of attention. The 9-5 is impressive to look at, and this feature alone makes it popular with those buyers looking to find an affordable midsize sedan.

Saab 9-5 Features

Saab offered the 9-5 series new for the 2011 model year. This car touts a distinctive body style and good looks. In order to meet the needs of all of its clients, Saab offers the new 9-5 in four unique trim levels. Consumers can choose from Turbo4, Turbo4 Premium, Turbo 6 XWD, and Aero trim levels.

The Turbo4 trim level comes equipped with a four-cylinder engine and includes plenty of amenities for an entry-level option. Consumers will enjoy 17-inch wheels, keyless ignition, and cruise control. With the Turbo4 Premium, also a four-cylinder car, buyers receive all of the options of the Turbo4 with the added offerings of a panoramic sunroof, front and back parking sensors, and leather upholstery.

The Turbo 6 XWD contains a V-6 motor and offers plenty of features as well. These cars have all-wheel drive, advanced parking assistance, and a head up display. The upgraded Aero offers everything the other trim levels offer with the addition of 18-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, and paddle shifters.

Saab 9-5 Evolution

As noted, the original Saab 9-5 sedan remained relatively unchanged for 11 years. These cars debuted in the 1999 model year and didn’t receive updates until 2010. For the most part, the 9-5 series sells well and often receives very good reviews from industry leaders and drivers. During the first generation, the biggest changes Saab chose to make with the 9-5 series concerned the engines. It appears the company sought just the right mix of power and precision.

It can be difficult to judge how well the 9-5 stacks up to the competition due to the many years it saw production. Each model year has different competitors. However, buyers expect several features from the 9-5 sedans. These cars offer incredibly comfortable seats and cabin space, regardless of the model year. Available cargo space draws in many buyers, especially those with families or those who frequently travel.

In 1999, Saab presented the 9-5 with three trim levels: the base model, the SE, and the upgraded Aero. Each of these trim levels offers plenty of options for the new car buyer and makes a good choice for the used car buyer.

Select a Saab 9-5 Year

2011 Saab 9-5

Luxury, Sedan

The 2011 Saab 9-5 is an executive car manufactured by Saab Automobile AB, Sweden.

2010 Saab 9-5

Luxury, Sedan

Everything. The 2010 Saab 9-5 is new from the ground up, riding on a new chassis with all-new bodywork and interior. Engines and drivetrains are carried over from the Saab 9-3, but are matched to a new adaptive suspension. Adaptive Cruise Control and Traffic Sign Recognition are now both offered. Engines are bio-fuel compatible.

2009 Saab 9-5

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

The Saab 9-5 can be described as ""long in the tooth"" for a car.

2008 Saab 9-5

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

The Saab 9-5 was first introduced in the 2000 model year, making it one of the oldest vehicles on the market as of 2008.

2007 Saab 9-5

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

The 2007 Saab 9-5 is overdue for an upgrade.

2006 Saab 9-5

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

The 2006 Saab 9-5 is a midsize sedan that offers the classic Saab look but sometimes falls short on performance.

2005 Saab 9-5

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

The 2005 Saab 9-5 comes with superior handling, and the suspension fittings make it a sure performer on bends and sharp corners.

2004 Saab 9-5

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

The Saab 9-5 debuted in 1998 as a successor to the 9000 line.

2003 Saab 9-5

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

With six models total, there are a lot of great luxury choices in the 2003 Saab 9-5 lineup.

2002 Saab 9-5

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

Saab is a Swedish manufacturer that is well known for producing safe and reliable vehicles that stand out from the crowd.

2001 Saab 9-5

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

The 2001 Saab 9-5 combines some elements of the best luxury sedans with the pep of some sportier sedans.

2000 Saab 9-5

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

1999 Saab 9-5

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

Saab introduces the 1999 Saab 9-5.