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2004 Saab 9-5 REVIEW

Edmunds.com logo Edmunds.com 4/5/2017

Con: Turbo lag at low speeds, suspension too soft for aggressive driving, interior materials could use improvement.

Pro: Best-in-class crash scores, long list of standard features, plush highway ride, supportive seats, large trunk.

Edmunds Say: A likable sedan in numerous ways, but it lags behind the competition when it comes to providing class-leading luxury or performance. In wagon form, however, its seductive style and superior functionality make it a more attractive proposition.

What’s New: For 2004, the Linear model is available only as a wagon. Arc models drop their 200-horsepower V6 and standard automatic transmission in favor of a 220-hp, four-cylinder turbo and a five-speed manual; an automatic remains optional. The Arc also picks up lower body cladding and is eligible for a 17-inch sport wheel package. Bi-xenon headlights are now offered as a stand-alone option on Arc and Aero models. Ventilated front seats, previously standard on the Arc, are now optional. Additionally, Aero models get a more aggressive lower body kit.

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