2009 Saab 9-7X vs. Its Competition

2009 Saab 9-7X 4.2i

If you still need a truck-based SUV for towing and want something a little different or more styling, the Mercury Mountaineer first comes to mind.

It’s mechanically the same as the Ford Explorer, which, by now, is a very competitive model with good performance and plenty of standard safety features, yet the Mountaineer comes with a more upscale look inside and out.

These models offer third-row seating and available V-8 engines.

The Chrysler Aspen is a Dodge Durango in upscale trim, with a big grille as its chief distinction, but the Aspen and Durango arguably are more cumbersome to drive, yet don’t have much more room inside.

The Toyota 4Runner is a relatively new entry under an old nameplate; it handles a bit better than most of the other vehicles in this class and has a full roster of safety features.

2009 Saab 9-7X 4.2i2009 Saab 9-7XBrowse Used Listings2008 Chrysler Aspen Limited2008 Chrysler AspenBrowse Used Listings2008 Ford Explorer RWD 4-door V6 XLT Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Ford ExplorerBrowse Used Listings2008 Mercury Mountaineer 2008 Mercury MountaineerBrowse Used Listings2008 Toyota 4Runner SR52008 Toyota 4RunnerBrowse Used Listings
Quick Specs
6.4
A smart appearance can’t mask the 2009 Saab 9-7X's outdated GM truck design with vague handling, middle-of-the-road crash-test scores, and mediocre fuel economy figures.
7.2
There are few compelling reasons to choose the 2008 Chrysler Aspen over slightly larger, roomier competitors like a well-equipped Ford Expedition or GMC Yukon.
8.2
As the perennial best-selling truck-based SUV, the Ford Explorer is still the one to beat.
8.2
The 2008 Mercury Mountaineer is what an Explorer looks like in lipstick and heels.
7.2
The 2008 Toyota 4Runner isn’t as roomy or as efficient as newer crossover designs, but if you need towing or off-road capabilities, it’s a good, safe choice.
MSRP From    
$42,615$32,905$26,495$26,800$28,415
Gas Mileage    
12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I6Gas V8Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
4WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
AWD 4-Door 4.2iRWD 4-Door LimitedRWD 4-Door V6 XLTRWD 4-Door V6RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (Natl)
Drivetrain    
All-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
58555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door4 Door SR5
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD