Trims Packages Both years offered two trim options: the base model Linear and the turbocharged Aero. Particularly since this car adds something to the Saab lineup--all-wheel drive--that's overdue. Not only has Acura been thriving in the segment for years with the and , but the Euros are currently organizing a full assault as well. This naturally aspirated engine is now rated at 173-hp 6,000 rpm, up eight horsepower from last year. The sound system is horrible, and the heat and air can't really be turned up to a very high max important for super hot and cold days. The Premium Package has been deleted, and the Sport Package has been revised to include 17-inch wheels and xenon headlamps; additionally, a Leather Package is now available for both models.
Driving Impressions Although the Impreza's suspension settings were softened for the Saab 9-2X, the wagon still lacks the refined ride quality of the Audi A3 and Volvo V50. If you just want a fun-to-drive wagon with reasonable monthly payments, proceed directly to your local Subaru dealership. The combination of practicality in a unique, fun-to-drive package enticed a lot of current owners. In an effort to give the 9-2X upscale dash in place of the Impreza's flash, you won't find any Saab cars in Subaru's signature Rally Blue paint; instead, there are more refined color options including a dark navy blue. A superb inline six-cylinder engine comes standard. This blue-eyed, black-haired beauty is built by Fuji Heavy Industries, a. Plus, it's a very functional design that can squeeze in five adults along with 28 cubic feet of gear.
If it is a practical, all-weather capable family car you are after, look for a 2005 9-2x Linear with the four-speed automatic. To sum it up: a lot and a little. For Saab, the wagon made the most sense given the brand's hatchback history. I'm just recently finding out that the heated seats get perfectly warm very fast, and I love that they're paired with cloth upholstery. Had Saab attempted to build its own car from scratch, it would have taken up to five years to get it to market. Of particular note are with the five-speed manual in the turbocharged Aero cars that also houses the front differential in the transmission casing.
A five-speed manual transmission comes standard on both the 2. Accordingly, Saab turned to the one entity that could quickly rally the troops—the General. So, has Saab performed enough of an Impreza transformation to justify paying a few thousand dollars more for the Saab version? Powertrains and Performance Two engines are available for the Saab 9-2X. The steering is superb, offering crisp turn-in, a firm on-center feel, and quick response that isn't too quick. The 9-2X represents many firsts for Saab.
If it is a fun, rally-car-for-the-streets with some added functionality, go for the five-speed manual 9-2x Aero, especially the ultra-rare 2006 model with the larger 2. The Subaru's strut suspension was reworked with firmer springs, softer dampers, 10mm-shorter rear bump stops, and stiffer front control-arm bushings. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard on both the 2. It's slower and more expensive. Recall and Crash Test Database Looking for more information? These lower-end offerings typically blend the luxury amenities and high style younger buyers crave with the day-to-day practicality they need. All-wheel drive is standard on both trims. Thus, it installed not only the upgraded carpet but also sealing for the rear quarter-trim and liftgate; a revised rear engine mount; acoustical treatment on the roof and rear floor; and new or improved insulation for the toe board, fenders, and shift boot.
This drives resale value down and a similar condition 9-2x is cheaper than its Impreza counterpart, despite all major components being the same. That this Saab is really a Subaru begs the question, How different are they? The Aero model gets considerably more juice in the form of a turbocharged 2. Thus, it installed not only the upgraded carpet but also sealing for the rear quarter-trim and liftgate; a revised rear engine mount; acoustical treatment on the roof and rear floor; and new or improved insulation for the toe board, fenders, and shift boot. It has only softened the edges while at the same time raising the quality bar. Plus, the 9-2X Aero beats the old February 2002 to 60 and the quarter. We told you it wasn't a rebadge.
The carpeting is now a richer, fuller weave. Among them: six airbags, all-wheel drive, electronic stability control and other excellent auto facility like its and other parts… Leather upholstery is standard. Option packages could be added to either version. First, the laundry list of alterations. Plus, it's a very functional design that can squeeze in five adults along with 28 cubic feet of gear. Saab felt it direly needed to get a foot in the door to the premium-compact market, which the brand predicts will triple in size by 2006.
Over Ann Arbor's diverse landscape, the 9-2X exhibited a ride as firm as the Subie's yet more compliant, better at absorbing the harsher impacts. The moonroof on the Aero becomes a stand-alone option. Nevertheless, as a descendant of Vikings, it seems to me there's a credibility question that's gonna nag Saab faithful. Unfortunately, the answer is no. I'd stick with the Subaru, however. It is very reliable and a fun to drive car. The seats, gauges, door handles, controls and interior plastics are all of Impreza origin.
It is very reliable and a fun to drive car. We think the 9-7X may be the best execution of this solid truck platform to date. All 2006 9-3 Aero models will feature a new 2. Interior Design and Special Features Inside, the 2006 Saab 9-2X is almost all Subaru. For the hind end, Saab nipped and tucked the Subie's butt, fitting the 9-2X with fresh taillamps, a bumper with a black diffuser, and a new tailgate that houses the license plate.