Used Car: 2009 Saab 9-7X Review
The 2009 Saab 9-7X can’t match the refinement, performance or safety of other luxury midsize SUVs.
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The 2009 Saab 9-7X is based on the 2009 Chevrolet Trailblazer, and test drivers who drove it when it was new said that it shows. They said the 9-7X has a cheap-feeling interior and unrefined, truck-like performance, which stood out when compared with other luxury SUVs in its class. The 9-7X also has the worst safety ratings of any luxury crossover. Not only is it uncomfortable to drive on paved roads, it doesn’t redeem itself with spectacular off-road performance.
The base six-cylinder engine on the 9-7X is underpowered and gets terrible gas mileage, and the available V8 engine is even worse. There are a few things to like about the 9-7X, including an interior that’s slightly nicer than a Trailblazer’s and prices that tend to be less than other luxury midsize SUVs. The 9-7X’s reliability rating is also slightly above-average for the class, but even die-hard Saab loyalists should cross the 9-7X off their shopping list and contemplate other options instead.
Other Cars to Consider
The 2009 Acura MDX has a well-made, attractively-designed interior, sporty handling and excellent safety ratings. The MDX also has standard all-wheel drive and gets better gas mileage than the Saab 9-7X, however the Saab has a slightly better reliability rating.
If you like the 9-7X because it’s a Saab, the 2009 Volvo XC90 has a similar Swedish pedigree. The XC90 stands out with good safety ratings, though its reliability score is slightly lower. When it was new, reviewers said that the XC90 handles smoothly on paved roads as well.