Rivals for the Saab 9-5 span a wide range, from the design savvy but otherwise-ordinary Nissan Maxima through to conservative luxury stalwarts like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
Volvo's S80 sedan is perhaps the top rival for the 9-5 as it's from Saab's domestic (Swedish) rival brand; but the two have quite a different design theme and driving feel, with the Volvo being brighter and airier and the Saab, at least up next to the Volvo, feeling more Germanic and serious.
The Acura RL is actually more expensive than the 9-5 Aero and doesn't have nearly as much design panache or personality.
Same goes for the Hyundai Genesis, which is smooth and responsive but design-wise remarkably boring compared to the 9-5.
Otherwise, the Audi A6 would be a top rival, but an all-new A6 is expected for 2012.
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|4-Door Sedan Turbo4 *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan V6 *Ltd Avail*||2-Door Coupe E350 RWD||4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S||4-Door Sedan 3.2L FWD|
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|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||2 Door Coupe||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Manual||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Continuously Variable||Automatic,|