Top Safety Pick

2012 Saab 9-5

large luxury car / 4-door sedan

2012 Saab 9-5 4-door sedan
2011 Saab 9-5 shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2010-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Saab 9-5 Aero 4-door 4wd

The Saab 9-5 was redesigned for the 2010 model year. Its size and weight were increased sufficiently to reclassify it as a large luxury car. (Earlier models were classified as midsize luxury/near luxury cars.) Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Saab as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Side

Rating applies to 2010-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Saab 9-5 Aero 4-door 4wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags

The Saab 9-5 was redesigned for the 2010 model year. Its size and weight were increased sufficiently to reclassify it as a large luxury car, and it now shares its basic body design with the Buick LaCrosse. (Earlier models were classified as midsize luxury/near luxury cars.) Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Saab as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2010-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Saab 9-5 Premium 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,832 lbs
Peak force 22,434 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.85

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2010-12 models

Seat type: Power cloth seats (AHR)

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry