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2005 Saab 9-5 Mid-Size Luxury Sedan and Sport Wagon

New Car Review of the 2005 Saab 9-5 Mid-Size Luxury Sedan and Sport Wagon

Description: Mid-Size Luxury Sedan and Sport Wagon
Base MSRP Range: $32,550 - $40,750
Invoice Price Range: $30,610 - $37,369
Where built: Sweden

Cars in Saab's flagship series include a luxurious four-door sedan and the five-door SportWagon with elegant appointments aboard and performance gear on top editions.

SportWagon for 2005 splits into three versions labeled Linear, Arc and Aero, with Linear as the standard, Arc for luxurious touring and Aero tipped toward performance. The sedan 9-5 shows Arc and Aero issues. SportWagon Linear has soft leather upholstery, heated front seats and twin automatic climate zones. It also carries such standard mechanical assets as an anti-lock brake system (ABS), electronic traction control (TCS) and Saab's electronic stability program (ESP). Arc editions get perforated leather seats while the Aero brings bolstered sport buckets.

The engine for 9-5 Aero -- a high-output turbo-charged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder plant -- pushes 250-hp and ties to either a manual 5-speed or Saab's automatic Sentronic 5-speed with control tabs on the steering wheel for thumb and finger shifting. Other 9-5 models stock a 2.3-liter light-pressure turbo four that achieves 185-hp with standard manual shifter or optional automatic.

A new DVD-based navigation system is available this year, along with new exterior paint colors like Parchment Silver and Chili Red.