The 2008 Saab 9-5 scores well in crash tests, but lacks some safety features.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 9-5 five stars for front-impact protection and front-side impacts; rear-side impacts get four stars' worth of protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the 9-5 “good” for front impacts.
Anti-lock brakes, front and side airbags, and traction and stability control are standard equipment, according to J.D. Power, which also notes standard “tire-pressure-monitoring system, daytime running lights, and theft-deterrent system with engine immobilizer.”
Noticeably lacking in this era of safety are side curtain airbags that protect rear passengers.
For help while on the road, the Saab 9-5 sports the OnStar communications system to provide assistance in the event of a crash or highway emergency.