Fun car at the right price
By JPC on
2005 Saab 9-2X Linear 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
After owning a Nissan Xterra (and dealing with its appetite for fuel), I was in the market for a more economical vehicle at or around $16K. My choices were limited, and I had started to resign myself to purchasing a Toyota Corolla. Thanks to the current GM rebates, the Saab 9-2X Linear was in my price range. The car has a distinctly Saab look in the front, Subaru look in the midsecton, and Saab again in the rear. There is a world of difference in the ride quality between the related Subaru Impreza 2.5s & the Saab 9-2X linear. The spring rates in the Saab are not as harsh as in the Subaru. The styling of the Saab is more mature. Saab also made many safety features standard.
27 MPG. A long list of safety features are standard equipment. Manual is geared perfectly for daily driving. AWD. Great visibility out the rear, very small blind spot. Versatile cargo area. 4yr/50K warranty. 2yr/24K free maintenance. With the current GM promotion, it's the best value for the dollar.
The seats are a bit tight, but not uncomfortable (I could stand to lose a little weight). Stock radio & small 4' stock speakers are barely adequate. Do not opt for the moonroof. I compared one with and one without. The moonroof is small and not worth the $1200 option price tag.