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STYLING | 6 out of 10
a Chevy TrailBlazer with only slightly more-becoming clothes
Car and Driver
some elements retain the cheap plastic feel of TrailBlazer and Envoy
Far sportier and more sophisticated than any of the vehicles with which it shares so much
Kelley Blue Book
The exterior styling of the 2009 Saab 9-7X has its highs and lows, and reviews read by TheCarConnection.com are largely split.
Taking a stance firmly against the exterior of the Saab 9-7X is ForbesAutos, which advises viewers to look elsewhere if they think "slapping a Saab badge on a GM truck is a bad idea." While the criticisms from ForbesAutos have some basis in reality, Kelley Blue Book counters by saying that "given that most of its exterior panels are borrowed from its domestic-branded cousins, Saab's designers did an excellent job of giving the 9-7X its own identity," and that they successfully managed to create an SUV that is "far sportier and more sophisticated than any of the vehicles with which it shares so much." From the front, the 2009 Saab 9-7X definitely looks the part of a refined, upscale Saab vehicle, but in profile, it is unremarkable. Car and Driver doesn't see anything stylistically special in the 9-7X Saab, claiming that it is "a Chevy TrailBlazer with only slightly more-becoming clothes." Cars.com is indecisive, split between the Saab's "sleek styling" and the fact that it seems like "an archetype of yesterday's midsize SUV...inefficient and rough around the edges."
The interior scores higher than that of some other Saab vehicles, notably the 9-2X, and Kelley Blue Book feels that "contrast stitching, wood-like trim and familiar air vents help further differentiate the 9-7X as a premium European-like vehicle." ConsumerGuide adds that "controls are clear and handy, though adjusting the low-mounted climate system demands a long look away from the road." Edmunds says, "Drivers who have piloted other Saabs and don't look too closely will feel comfortable behind the wheel of the 9-7X." For those who decide to look closely, though, ConsumerGuide points out that "some elements retain the cheap plastic feel of TrailBlazer and Envoy."
The 2009 Saab 9-7X is quite attractive when focusing on smaller details, but take a step back and you’ll see the 9-7X for the outdated GM SUV it really is.