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2009 Saab 9-7x Review

Powerful engine options and towing capacity.

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Overview

Although it says ?Saab? on its badges, the 9-7x is really a GM-based luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV). The 9-7x is facing a great deal of competition that offer better bang for the buck. For all intents and purposes, the 9-7x really isn’t a Saab so much as it is a Trailblazer or Buick Ranier with extra luxury features.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.2 liter V-6, 5.3-liter V-8, 6.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: 9-7x 4.2i, 9-7x 5.3i, 9-7x Aero

What's New

For its last go-round, the 2009 Saab 9-7x receives an option called the Altitude Edition for the 4.2i and 5.3i models. It includes DVD-based navigation, polished 18-inch alloy wheels, and special paint. All models now have Bluetooth connectivity.

Exterior

The 2009 Saab 9-7x is offered in three different trims: base 4.2i, 5.3i, and the performance-based Aero. The 4.2i starts off with 18-inch alloy wheels and a sunroof, while the 5.3i model upgrades to V-8 power, xenon headlights with washers, and specific aluminum wheels. The performance model Aero further advances its driving thrills with a bigger V-8, a sport-tuned suspension with larger stabilizer bars, 20-inch wheels with performance tires, heavy-duty brakes, and exclusive charcoal metallic paint. Chrome-trimmed side assist steps are optional.

Interior

The 2009 Saab 9-7x has an especially large cabin, even for its car class. While the features list is respectable, the materials used are of a substandard quality for an expensive SUV. The 4.2i has leather upholstery, faux wood trim, dual-zone climate control, eight-way power-adjustable heated front seats with driver memory, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, OnStar, satellite radio, and an MP3-compatible Bose audio system with an in-dash six-CD changer. The 5.3i only adds power-adjustable pedals to the list. The Aero has model specific embroidered seats and floor mats. Optional 9-7x equipment includes a navigation system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and polished aluminum wheels.

Performance & Handling

All 2009 Saab 9-7x models feature GM-built engines that make use of a four-speed automatic transmission and a standard all-wheel-drive setup. The 4.2i model features a 4.2-liter inline six-cylinder producing 285 hp and 276 lb-ft of torque. The 5.3i is outfitted with a 5.3-liter V-8 that cranks out 300 hp and 321 lb-ft of torque. The 5.3i motor has GM's Active Fuel Management system, a feature that deactivates four cylinders when not needed during cruising conditions.

The Aero is the performance option and comes with a six-liter V-8 that kicks out an impressive 390 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Despite being a 2.5-ton SUV, a 9-7x Aero can rip through a zero-to-60-mph sprint in under six seconds. With the right equipment, the 2009 Saab 9-7x can tow up to 6600 pounds.

The 2009 Saab 9-7x is built on a truck platform, and the handling will quickly remind the driver that this is a truck. Buyers have become accustomed to SUVs that handle and ride like cars. As such, the 2009 Saab 9-7x is left behind a pack of competitors in this respect.

The 22-gallon tank allows the 2009 Saab 9-7x to travel 308 city miles and 440 highway miles on a full tank. These numbers drop noticeably with the Aero’s six-liter V-8.

Safety

Saab has a reputation for building very safe vehicles, yet the 2009 Saab 9-7x is well below the standard this maker normally achieves. The basic features are anti-lock brakes, front and side-curtain airbags, and stability control, but this is an incomplete list given the price. As for ratings, the 2009 Saab 9-7X receives only three stars for driver front-impact protection and four stars for front passenger protection on a scale of five stars. The 2009 Saab 9-7X rates five stars for side impacts and four stars for rollover resistance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the 2009 Saab 9-7X as ""acceptable"" for front impacts and ""marginal"" for side impacts. Not exactly up to the Saab standard.

EPA Fuel Economy

9-7X: 14/20 mpg city/highway
9-7X Aero: 12/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Many features
  • Powerful engine options
  • Interior comfort
  • All-wheel drive
  • Towing capacity

You Won't Like

  • Fuel economy
  • Poor crash-test scores
  • Poor handling
  • Interior quality
  • Outdated design
  • Mediocre braking
  • Segment lacking transmission

Sum Up

Powerful engine options and towing capacity.

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