This is a 2011 car but I think the Saab is one of the premier car manufacturers out there, and they still are building a fan tastic 5-passenger, four-door sedan. Marvin K. Brown Saab is waiting for the 2012 models, but they have a good selection of 2011 and willing to make great deals.
My test car was a 2011 Saab 9-5 which had styling lines like no other. I had the 9-5 with the All Wheel Drive feature that keeps drivers on the road in just about any road condition.
This Saab had the 2.0-liter four cylinder turbocharged engine producing 220 horsepower and 258 foot pounds of torque. The turbocharger is rather tame, in that it does not snap your neck on heavy acceleration. The Saab also keeps everything under control thanks to its advanced suspension system. I had the six-speed automatic that was perfect in every shift that should get 230 MPG in the city and 33 on the freeway.
But the real joy of a Saab is driving it as well as looking at its sleek profile. Saab is a major aircraft builder and this car has aviation cues throughout. The most notable is the speedometer with a dial version but also a rolling speedo just like an airplane.
The driver compartment is well done and easy to operate. Everything is at an easy glance and reach. I loved the center armrest that raises up for a very comfortable arm position. Plenty of connectivity ports for front and rear occupants and a sound system that can put a smile on anyone’s face.
My Saab had a wonderful sunroof that was great for all passengers, and comes with an electric sunshade as well. Storage was abundant and could handle just about anyone’s gear in the car as well as the trunk.
I was very pleased with the looks, handling, stopping and accelerating of the 9-5. In the mountains is where it seemed to be the happiest. Anyone who has never been in a Saab should take a run down to Mission Valley, stop by Marvin K Brown Saab and take one for a spin.
Pricing starts at $38,525 plus tax and license but buyers can load it up as they please.