2011 Saab 9-5 - Edmunds Ratings

2011 Saab 9-5 Aero (2.8L V6 Turbo AWD 6-speed Automatic)
Date Driven: 11/9/2010 (2010 Aero AWD)
Performance Our Aero test car featured the 2.8L V6 turbo engine, good for 300 hp and 0-60 in 6 seconds. Unlike Saab Turbos of the past, the power delivery is linear. We struggled to come close to the fuel economy estimates and missed by large margin.
Driving Dynamics The Aero's adjustable dampers and intelligent AWD system are sophisticated and well sorted. In performance testing, our 9-5 Aero proved it has the agility of a comparable BMW sport sedan. Steering is friction-free, responsive and precise.
Ride Comfort The adjustable dampers do a very good job with most surfaces, only getting flinty on choppy, potholed roads (what car doesn't?). Overall ride character is confident, compliant, and sporty, and rarely harsh.
Quietness On par with comparable sport sedans.
Ergonomics With the exception of the 'Night Panel' button where we'd expect to find an ignition button on the dash, much of the interior layout (and switch gear) resembles many current GM products. Adequate, logical, but nothing particlularly clever.
Visibility Despite what appears to be a high beltline and odd-shaped greenhouse, outward visiblilty is typical of a sedan with the exception of the large C-pillar. Lane-departure warning and reverse camera are available.
Seat Access & Space This generation 9-5 offers generous interior proportions, front and rear. Our Aero's seats were very comfortable and very supportive (heated as well).
Cargo & Storage The 9-5's trunk is large by almost any standard, plus the rear seats fold to expand cargo capacity.
Build Quality Our test car's Diamond Silver paint was flawless and showed off the car's curves. We never heard a squeak or buzz or rattle, although there's still a gap beween this car's build quality and the best cars in this price range.
Towing Tow rating up to 4,400 pounds.

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