Road Test: 2011 Saab 9-5 Aero Specs | Edmunds

2011 Saab 9-5 - Road Test Specs

2011 Saab 9-5 Sedan

(2.8L V6 Turbo AWD 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2011
StyleAero 4dr Sedan AWD (2.8L 6cyl Turbo 6A)
Base MSRP$50,390
Options on test vehicleNavigation Radio With 8-Inch Color Screen ($2,395); Technology Package ($1,695 -- includes adaptive bi-xenon headlights, parking sensors, head-up display and lane-departure warning system); 19-Inch Wheels and Summer Tires ($750).
As-tested MSRP$55,230


Drive typeAll-wheel Drive
Engine typeTurbocharged, port-injected V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,792cc (170 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)9.5
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)300 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)295 @ 2,000
Fuel typePremium unleaded (recommended)
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic with console shifter and steering-mounted paddles with sport/competition modes


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, driver-adjustable three-mode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, driver-adjustable three-mode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle F1
Tire typeSummer front and rear
Tire size, frontP245/40R19 98Y
Tire size, rearP245/40R19 98Y
Wheel size19-by-9.6 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front13.3-inch ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear12.4-inch ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.5
0-45 mph (sec.)4.3
0-60 mph (sec.)6.4
0-75 mph (sec.)9.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)95.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29
60-0 mph (ft.)113
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)Stability on: 0.86; Stability off 0.87
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)Stability on: 66; Stability off 67.5
Sound level @ idle (dB)21.7
@ Full throttle (dB)74.7
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66.4

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsHighly responsive to pedal overlap at the start. Remarkably linear power delivery and smooth upshifts. Manual shifts are too delayed to be of use here. Obviously with AWD, there was no chance of wheelspin.
Braking commentsExcellent consistency and despite 58 percent front weight bias, remarkable flat cornering attitude. Medium/firm pedal and no fade whatsoever.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Excellent balance with very mild understeer -- I assume there's some power being shifted around, but I couldn't sense it at all. It just goes where it's pointed without drama. Also, couldn't detect any interference from ESC-on laps. Slalom: Trustworthy, crisp turn-in, takes a set quickly and transitions as well. Again, very neutral behavior but for the last two cones where it began to understeer mildly so I stood on the gas, which helped the front tires pull the car past the timing lights. This is a well-sorted chassis and all-wheel-drive system.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)60.1
Relative humidity (%)39.2
Wind (mph, direction)2.5 head/cross

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 city/27 highway/20 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)18.6
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,250
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,251
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)58.3/41.7
Length (in.)197.2
Width (in.)73.3
Height (in.)57.8
Wheelbase (in.)111.7
Track, front (in.)62.4
Track, rear (in.)62.4
Turning circle (ft.)38.1
Legroom, front (in.)42.2
Legroom, rear (in.)38.8
Headroom, front (in.)37.6
Headroom, rear (in.)36.3
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.0
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.4
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)18.2


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion10 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance3 years/36,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front and dual rear
Head airbagsFront and rear
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Rollover protectionSide curtain airbag rollover sensor
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested
IIHS offsetNot tested

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