2010 Saab 9-5 Performance
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According to most reviewers, consumers who are interested in the Saab 9-5 should not expect class-leading performance. While Saab may not have designed the 2010 9-5 for the racetrack, it has engineered the car to drive smoothly. For 2010, Saab offers the 9-5 with one engine and has tuned the chassis and suspension to provide a relaxed ride.
- "What the 9-5 lacks in raw pace, it claws back by delivering power in a refreshingly refined and stress-free fashion. " -- Edmunds
Acceleration and Power
As an introductory 2010 model, the 9-5 will only be available with one engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission equipped with paddle shifters. Under the hood will be a 2.8-liter V6 that produces 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The EPA has not yet released fuel economy numbers for the 2010 Saab 9-5.
- "The V6 is smoother than any Saab engine in memory, and it's strong enough to move a substantial car with some urgency." -- AutoWeek
Handling and Braking
While several reviewers are relatively pleased with the 9-5’s power supply, many don’t think it’s built with handling in mind. In fact, many reviewers believe that the 9-5 doesn’t have the capability to hang with more performance-oriented sedans.
- "That steering is incredibly light, something that Saab's engineers say is intended to boost a character unique to their company. In practice, however, it just removes all feel from the driving experience." -- Popular Mechanics