2012 Saab 9-5  -  $37,400

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $37,400
Base Invoice: $0
Destination Charge: $875
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn Turbo4 Manual FWD
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 25 | City: 20 | Hwy: 33
Body Style: 4dr Sdn Turbo4 Manual FWD
Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission
Engine: 2.0L SIDI turbocharged I4 engine


Refreshingly different exterior; stylish interior appointments; excellent seats; interior space; responsive handling; available tech features

Model Highlights

The 9-5 has an all-turbo powertrain lineup, bringing the power of larger engines without the fuel economy disadvantages of upsizing. The Turbo4 model is powered by a 220-horsepower, 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. 9-5 Turbo6 models come with a 300-hp, 2.8L turbo V6. The smaller engine is E85-capable, meaning that it can be fueled with a blend of up to 85 percent ethanol. Transmissions on either model include a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.

Turbo6 models include Saab's XWD all-wheel drive system--a system that's geared both for sport-minded driving as well as inclement weather, using an electronic limited-slip rear differential and center differential system to send power quickly to the wheels with more traction. In normal driving, the system sends about 60 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels.

Completely redesigned for 2011 with a sleek, clean shape on the outside and an interior that builds on Saab's past, the 9-5 is about seven inches longer than the 9-5 it replaced, with most of that added length going to legroom in the cabin. The interior itself carries what Saab calls a "progressive Scandinavian design" and is appointed with materials that stand out in its class; gauges and controls are more clearly inspired by Saab's aircraft heritage. All models get an engine start-stop button on the center console between the front seats and backseat passengers can get their own temperature control.

At the top of the new 9-5 range is the performance-oriented 9-5 Aero, which adds more aggressive aerodynamics in front and in back, plus fog lamps, adaptive cornering lamps, rectangular exhaust tips and larger 19-inch alloy wheels with performance tires.

The sporty Aero model doesn't ride as stiffly as you might expect, thanks to DriveSense, an adaptive chassis control system that includes three modes--comfort, sport and intelligent, which firms up the dampers only when needed. Standard equipment on the Aero is greatly expanded compared to the other models--to include variable-effort quick-ratio power steering, a panoramic moonroof, bi-xenon headlamps, perforated leather upholstery, sport seats, remote start and upgraded trim throughout.

Also among the innovative tech features available on the 9-5 are an aircraft-style head-up display, bi-xenon adaptive lighting, automatic headlamp leveling and dynamic parking assistance--all part of the Technology Package.

The 11-speaker premium surround sound system from harman/kardon, includes an 8-inch touch-screen with navigation system and 10 GB for music storage. A backseat DVD player is also available, including wireless headphones and viewing screens that fold out from the seatbacks. It's offered as part of the Rear Passenger Package that bundles the DVD system with tri-zone climate control, rear-seat audio controls and a separate rear forced-air vent.

Model News

The Saab 9-5 was completely redesigned for 2011. For 2012, small changes have been made, including revised suspension tuning for a better ride. Inside, metallic trim has been added, and digital radio and satellite navigation are now standard.

Value Writeup

With its sleek, simple exterior and distinctly Scandinavian-styled interior, the 2012 Saab 9-5 stands out as different in a class of sport sedans that tend to all follow a similar boilerplate. Shoppers who appreciate comfortable seating and lots of legroom would likely be impressed by the 9-5's interior as well, and its turbo-charged engine lineup promises to be more fuel-efficient than the bigger 6- and 8-cylinder engines of rival models. In addition, tech features like the head-up display help it stand out in a crowded mid-size luxury market and give a nod to Saab's aircraft heritage.

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

EPA Classification

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
33 MPG

Cruising Range - City
360.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
20 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
25 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
594.00 mi

Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4


Fuel System
Direct Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
220 @ 5500

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 2500

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
96.2 ft³

Front Head Room
38.0 in

Front Leg Room
42.2 in

Front Shoulder Room
57.0 in

Front Hip Room
58.9 in

Second Head Room
36.8 in

Second Leg Room
38.8 in

Second Shoulder Room
56.4 in

Second Hip Room
58.0 in

111.7 in

Length, Overall
197.2 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
73.3 in

Height, Overall
57.8 in

Track Width, Front
62.4 in

Track Width, Rear
62.4 in

Trunk Volume
18.2 ft³

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Spare Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
17 x 7.0 in

Rear Wheel Size
17 x 7.0 in

Spare Wheel Size
Compact in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Spare Wheel Material

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
37.1 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.05 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.26 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
18.0 gal

Warranty Note
<<< Saab Cars North America suspended warranties on all models on December 19, 2011.>>>

2.0L SIDI turbocharged I4 engine

Keyless start/stop button

6-speed manual transmission

3.76 final drive axle ratio

Front wheel drive

70AH maintenance free battery

140-amp alternator

MacPherson strut front suspension

4-link rear suspension

Pwr steering

4-wheel disc antilock brakes

High performance brake lining

Electronic parking brake

Emergency tool kit

17" x 7" 5-spoke blade alloy wheels

225/55R17 all-season blackwall tires

Space-saver spare tire

Panorama view tilt-sliding moonroof -inc: express open, pwr sunshade, venting/opening over 1st row, fixed glass over 2nd row & pwr sunshade for both rows

Halogen headlamps

Front fog lamps

Side marker lamps

Tinted & heat absorbent glass

Pwr heated mirrors w/turn signal indicator

Rain-sensing intermittent wipers

Navigation system -inc: HDD-based navigation, 8" color touch screen

9-speaker audio system

USB port located inside center console

Steering wheel audio controls

XM Radio -inc: 3-months of trial service

Diversity antenna


Front leather-appointed bucket seats

Pwr driver seat

Pwr driver lumbar control

Driver seats memory

Pwr front passenger seat

Pwr front passenger lumbar

Heated front seats

2-way active front head restraints

Rear 60/40 split-folding seats

Rear seat w/trunk pass-through, cup holders & storage

Rear outboard head restraints

Console, front floor w/adjustable sliding armrest, storage compartment, cup holders, auxiliary input & USB port for MP3/iPOD

Pwr outlet -inc: 12-volt in the center console & in trunk area

Carpeted front & rear floor mats

Adjustable tilt/telescoping steering column

Leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel

Driver information center w/monochromatic display

Pwr windows w/front & rear Express-Down/Up

Pwr programmable door locks

Passive entry system

Universal home remote -inc: garage door opener, programmable

Cruise control

Theft-deterrent alarm system

Theft-deterrent engine-immobilizer

Dual-zone automatic climate control w/individual climate settings for driver & right-front passenger

Air filtration system

Automatic circulation/air quality sensor

Humidity sensor -inc: air quality, moisture & windshield temperature

Rear air vent controls

Electric rear-window defogger

2-tier glovebox -inc: cooled & illuminated, lockable

Amorello dark instrument panel & door molding trim

Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/OnStar controls

Driver & front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors visors

Lighting pkg -inc: ambient lighting in door, instrument panel, indirect illumination & foot area

Courtesy lighting -inc: rearview mirror, front & rear dual reading spotlights

'Night Panel' lighting function

Emergency trunk release

Electronic stability program (ESP) w/traction control

Daytime running lamps

Frontal driver & front passenger air bags

Air bag passenger sensing system -inc: sensor indicator inflatable restraint w/front passenger/child presence detector

Driver & front passenger thorax side-impact airbags

Driver & front passenger head curtain side-impact air bags

Rear head curtain side-impact air bags

OnStar, 1-year of Safe & Sound plan. -inc: automatic crash response, emergency services, crisis assist, stolen vehicle assistance, remote ignition block, remote door unlock, roadside assistance, remote horn & lights, hands free calling, OnStar vehicle diagnostics, low mileage discount

Back-up camera

3-point safety belts in all seating positions

Pwr rear child security door locks

Tire pressure monitor system

















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