2008 Saab 9-5 vs. Its Competition

2007 Saab 9-5 4-door Wagon Side Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Acura RL has clean styling outside, a tech-happy interior, and standard all-wheel drive.

The Lexus ES 350 is a plush, cushy front-drive sedan with good interior room and a powerful V-6 engine, but almost no care for sporty driving.

The Volkswagen Passat comes with a range of four- and six-cylinder engines, and is offered in a wagon version.

The Lincoln MKZ is the polar opposite of the Saab, with a thick style, a retro-flavored interior, and gruff V-6 engines with front- or all-wheel drive.

The Volvo S60 has a curvaceous style and V-6 power, but is due for replacement.

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Saab 9-5 offers good gas mileage, good visibility and great safety, but its atypical engine and dated styling limit its appeal.
The 2009 Acura RL tops safety rankings and bristles with technology, but its detached driving feel and over-the-top front-end styling remove it from the best-in-class competition.
Though it’s in a very conservative package, the 2009 Lincoln MKZ is a credible luxury bargain for those who value comfort over driving excitement.
The 2008 Lexus ES 350 is a plush, soft-handling car that would make Buick proud--if Buick still built cars like this.
The 2008 Volvo S60 is a comfortable, safe all-weather sedan, but if you want top sport-sedan performance, you should look elsewhere.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Gas 4-CylGas V6Gas V6Gas V6Low-Pressure Turbo Gas I5Gas I4
EPA Class     
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan (Natl)4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 2.5T FWD w/Snrf4-Door Sedan GL Manual
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4dr Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sdn
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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