• Dec 6, 2010
2012 Saab 9-4X – Click above for high-res image gallery

The 2012 Saab 9-4X is set to join the automaker's shapely new 9-5 sedan at dealerships across the country in May, and we've now learned that cost of entry for the new Scandinavian crossover will be $34,205 (*plus including $825 in destination charges).

That $35K price point gets you the base 9-4X with front-wheel drive and the 3.0-liter direct-injected V6, good for 265 horsepower and roughly 20 miles per gallon (combined). Moving up the model range, the 9-4X Premium rings in at $38,075 plus including delivery. Premium models still use the same 3.0-liter mill, but XWD (Saab's all-wheel drive system) is available, as are a host of other goodies.

The range-topping 9-4X Aero is priced at $48,835, and it uses a 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 (like the 3.0-liter, it's General Motors-derived) that produces a healthy 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, mated exclusively to all-wheel drive. Based on our experiences with the 9-4X's sister car, the Cadillac SRX, the 2.8T powerplant is clearly the one to have. Even with the healthy increase in power, fuel economy is rated at an estimated 18 mpg combined.

Because the 9-4X shares the majority of its architecture with the SRX, it makes sense that pricing for the two crossovers won't be hugely different. The base SRX comes in at $33,830 – only $375 less than the Saab. What's more, the 2.8T-equipped SRX starts at $49,915, meaning the comparable Saab is actually $1,080 less than the GM crossover it spawned from, though obviously each has slightly differing levels of specification.

While we haven't yet driven the 9-4X, we don't imagine it will be too far removed from its Cadillac cousin. With prices that are this close, it really comes down to which you'd rather look at (or badge you'd rather have on the hood). The Cadillac buys you a luxurious piece of American crossover pie, while the Saab nets you nearly the same package in a shapely Scandinavian wrapper. Let us know which one you'd pick in Comments.


*UPDATE: Saab spokesperson Michele Tinson now clarifies that the above 9-4x pricing actually includes $825 in destination charges. We apologize for any confusion.


[Source: Saab]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Neither are particularly compelling, but I find the Cadillac the (marginally) more attractive of the two.

      While the 9-4 looks decently cohesive, details like the lower body cladding cheapen the impact of the styling. While it has integrated the corporate exterior cues, it doesn't come across as a strongly Saab-take on the genre. Competitors such as the Q5, X3 or even the SRX do it better for their respective brands.

      Still, its a world better than the 9-7x.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I drove the SRX at a GM test drive event and didn't care for it too much. However, I prefer the 9-4X styling and interior styling by far. I think it will age better and is not something you will tire of. Plus, Saabs aren't about flashy styling anyway. If you look at older models, even the hatchback 900's and 9-3's, they still look pretty good 10+ years later.

      However, I may be biased. I relish in not having a car that you pass 15 identical ones on the way to work every morning.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Saab hands down is a much nicer looking X-over. It's a more balanced design. The Cadillac is a bit "nose-heavy", the grill too much in your face. While the Saab's grill offers a strong, purposeful design. I prefer the blacked-out a and b pillars on the Saab. The Cadillac has too much chrome and seems a bit too "pretty" to take off the asphalt (say a gravel or rough road at the beginning of a trail-head or the bottom of a ski-run). The Saab looks much more outdoorsy to me while the Cadillac reminds me of a sharp-edged Lexus RX11. I'd be interested in the demographics of SRX vs. 9-4 buyers. I'd bet that the Saab buyers would be much a more active, fit and younger group of people. On the other hand I see the Cadillac buyers as being older, wealthier and less active (for some reason I think "velvet jumpsuits"). Hot toddy anyone?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take the 9-4X Aero, thankyouverymuch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      For a Mexican made Caddy Clone, NOT!
      Maybe for $28k fully loaded, YES.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Marty, guess where the Cadillac is made? Saab wouldn't build something in Mexico unless there was a reason, such as the vehicle it shares a platform with being built there. Also its hardly a clone, if i remember correctly the Saab was supposed to be out first (they were developed on similar time lines) but GM hasn't exactly been giving Saab much to work with, they were too busy making stupid decisions. An acceptable response would have been. "I Prefer the Cadillac because i like ugly vehicles with bizarre angles and an ugly front end."
      • 4 Years Ago
      This reminds me more of the 'Nox than the SRX. I like the interior of this better, but on the outside it comes across as kind of bland. OH, Nadrvark already said that, except he said understated.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree - the basic shape is far more Chevy than Caddy. Saab needs a stronger design language than this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey, hey, hey...

      Save the asterisks. Remember?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Besides having something a little unique, I see little reason why anyone would pick this over the SRX. I think the SRX is much better looking - inside and out.
      Looking at the interior pics, the passenger-side vent looks REALLY oddly placed.

      I do have to give Saab (actually, GM) props for really giving each iteration of this platform very unique designs... few people that don't follow automotive news religiously would know that this 9-4X, the SRX, Equinox and the Terrain are all essentially the same vehicle (with the 2 luxury versions riding on a slightly modified platform).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd take the Saab, even though i am an admitted Saab fanboy, i can't stand the nose on the Caddy, too big and pointy, in fact thats kind of the theme across their whole range now which i don't personally care for..... i would still love a CTS-V though (sedan only)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, I vastly prefer this styling to the Cadillac. Much cleaner and more understated (less overstated?).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ill take the 9-4X, it will look nice next to my other 2 Saabs!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Obviously needs more plastic at the bottom.....
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