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Avg. Price Paid: $14,290 - $20,841
Original MSRP: $33,380 - $48,010
MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy
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Used Car: 2011 Saab 9-4X Review

Review Last Updated: 9/2/14

The 2011 Saab 9-4X is a competent family hauler, but its underpowered base engine and lack of an available reliability rating may make another luxury crossover a better, more dependable choice.

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Many test drivers said that the new-for-2011 Saab 9-4X was Saab’s best product in a long time. Rather than being just a rebadged Chevrolet Trailblazer like the Saab 9-7X, the 9-4X was developed with Saab’s input from the beginning, and as a result, reviewers noted that the results were much more successful than other recent Saabs. It has great safety scores, its turbocharged engine is powerful and its interior is upscale and packed full of features.

However, there are some significant downsides to be aware of. The base 3.0-liter V6 engine gets good fuel economy but test drivers felt that it is underpowered and that the firm ride may be too stiff for some drivers. Reviewers also noted problems with a transmission that hunted for gears and hindered acceleration, along with counterintuitive paddle shifters on top-of-the-line Aero models. Perhaps the biggest problem with the Saab 9-4X is the unknown. Because the Saab brand does not exist anymore, it might be difficult to get replacement parts and it’s unclear how potential recalls might be handled. If you can find a 9-4X with a great price, many testers said that the top-of-the-line Aero trim is a good choice. If reliability is a priority or you want better performance from base trims, you should test a few other SUVs first before taking the plunge on a Saab.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Cadillac SRX was co-developed alongside the Saab 9-4X. Test drivers loved its upscale cabin, long list of standard features and sporty driving dynamics. Reviewers also appreciated its bold, angular styling. Additionally, its safety scores are outstanding and its reliability rating is above-average.

The 2011 Lexus RX is worth a look for anyone shopping for a five-seat luxury SUV. Its reliability rating is fantastic, its safety scores are great and reviewers loved its well-made, attractive interior. Its fuel economy is also significantly better than the 9-4X’s, even before taking a look at the RX’s hybrid trim. Because of Saab’s demise, the Lexus RX is a better choice in almost every way.

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