2002 Saab 9-5 Reviews

2002 9-5 New Car Test Drive


Saab's 9-5 line of sedans and wagons are comfortable, convenient and enjoyable to drive whether it's around town or on the open road. These cars offer sharp handling and steering response, benefiting from steering and suspension revisions for 2002. Revised styling for 2002 gives the 9-5 a fresh, more contemporary look. 

Precise steering and excellent high-speed stability make the 9-5 a great companion for covering distances in a hurry. A new five-speed automatic transmission is available for all models that works superbly with the engines to deliver excellent response. Saab 9-5 seats are very supportive and the interior is nicely designed with clever solutions to ergonomic problems. A roomy rear seat makes this a comfortable car for four adults. 

With its high-output turbocharged engine, the Aero model puts a lot of power under the pedal for quick, throttle response at highway speeds. This makes the Aero an absolute delight for working through fast traffic. 


Saab has revised the model line for 2002, giving it an artsy new nomenclature drawn from the world of architecture. Three distinct models, or 'forms,' match engine performance and interior styles to suit varying 9-5 buyer priorities. 

The Linear, Arc, and Aero models each offer a distinct personality of vehicle. Each of the three forms is available in four-door sedan and wagon body styles. 

Linear models come with Saab's 185-horsepower 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Linear models come with an impressive level of standard equipment, including leather upholstery with leather door panel inserts, a walnut-trimmed instrument panel, power front seats, heated front seats, power sliding sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, cabin air filter, power windows, power central locking, steering-wheel audio controls, AM/FM/CD/cassette stereo with seven speakers, front and rear fog lights, ABS, traction control. 

Arc is designed to emphasize a sports-luxury touring role. Powered by a 200-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine, it comes standard with the new five-speed automatic and the Electronic Stability Program, a great safety feature. Arc models come with ventilated leather seats with a three-speed fan to keep things cooler in the summer. Arc models add more luxury features, including heated front and rear seats, the eight-speaker Harmon/Kardon stereo. 

Aero models offer the ultimate in performance with a 2.3-liter High-Output Turbo four-cylinder engine rated at 250 horsepower. Aero models come with bolstered sport seats and 17-inch wheels. Yep. You read that right: the Aero's four-cylinder engine is hotter than the Arc's V6. Aero is distinguished by unique exterior styling cues, special leather sport seats and a metallic-finish dash trim. 

Retail prices for 2002 9-5 sedans and wagons: Linear 2.3t ($33,995); Arc 3.0t ($38,650); Aero ($38,650); Linear 2.3t SportWagon ($34,695); Arc 3.0t SportWagon ($39,350); Aero SportWagon ($39,350). 

A brand-new five-speed automatic transmission ($1200) is optional. 

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