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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Five stars, front impacts; five stars, front side impacts; four stars, rear side impacts
Good," front impact
Although certain safety features are absent on the 2009 Saab 9-5, the automobile still scores well in crash tests.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the 9-5 “good” for front impacts. 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.
According to J.D. Power, “tire-pressure-monitoring system, daytime running lights, and theft-deterrent system with engine immobilizer,” are standard equipment, as are anti-lock brakes, front and side airbags, and traction and stability control.
Side head-curtain airbags that protect rear passengers are noticeably absent, but the Saab 9-5 is equipped with the OnStar communications system to provide assistance in the event of a crash or highway emergency.
Safety is respectable in the 2009 Saab 9-5, though the lack of head-protecting side bags for rear passengers is surprising.