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2010 Saab 9-5 Aero Review

Saab's Second Wind

A three-quarter front view of a silver 2010 Saab 9-5

In short: An advanced and driver-friendly AWD sedan.

Resurrected from the ashes by Spyker after the fallout with General Motors, Saab's final GM-designed model is one Scandinavian sedan that we're happy to have seen survive. Featuring bold styling, top-of-the-line interior technology, and excellent handling thanks to Saab's advanced XWD all-wheel drive system, the all-new 9-5 is sure to turn heads in the luxury segment with its distinctly Swedish demeanor.

In spite of its sporty persona, the Saab 9-5 is a big car — 4,250-pounds-big. However, our performance-oriented Aero edition behaved quite sprightly thanks to the addition of a 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 engine and Saab's DriveSense selectable chassis. A heavy GM influence is apparent in the latest iteration of the Swedish sedan, with Saab's former parent company offering OnStar along with its Bluetooth and navigation systems as a parting gift. Overall, the 9-5 makes for a nice, albeit pricey family sedan, and seems to hint at great things for the once-questionable future of the idiosyncratic car maker.

Warranty/Service: Five-year/100,000-mile basic warranty; three-year/36,000-mile no-charge scheduled maintenance; four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; five-year/100,000-mile roadside assistance and courtesy transportation; ten-year/unlimited-mile anti-corrosion warranty.

Base Price: $47,565 / As Tested: $54,490

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

ngine: 2.8-liter turbocharged DOHC V6 engine
Horsepower: 300 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque: 295 lb-ft @ 1,850 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with manumatic shifting

Curb weight: 4,250 lb
Wheelbase: 111.7 in
Length/Width/Height: 197.2/73.5/57.7 in
Turning circle: 37.1 ft

Brakes: 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes; ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution; brake assist

Suspension: MacPherson strut front; linked H-arm axle rear; coil springs, shock absorbers and anti-roll bar in front and rear
Traction: electronic limited slip differential; electronic stability program

0-60 mph: 6.9 seconds
Top Speed: 143 mph (governor limited)

EPA City: 16 mpg
EPA Highway: 27 mpg

Safety: driver and front passenger front airbags; front seat side airbags; rear seat side airbags; roof-rail airbags; lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition; roll-over sensing system

Likes: roomy front cabin; good-size trunk

Dislikes: rear legroom; transmission noise; not so much a pure Saab anymore

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