$22,990 – $26,950 MSRP
$21,841 – $25,603 Invoice
21 / 27 MPG City/Hwy
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In only its second year of production, the 9-2X gets a small handful of upgrades. The most significant one is a boost in horsepower for the Aero model. The Linear model hasn't disappeared, but has been renamed. It is now called the 2.5i, a reference to the 2.5L, four-cylinder engine hiding under the hood. Saab also has simplified the option packages, which is always a plus when ordering. The best news for those watching their pennies is there were no price increases from 2005.
Perhaps surprising to some, Saab has been selling vehicles in America for 50 years now. The first automobile from this Swedish company was a three-cylinder, two-stroke front-driver that wowed attendees at the 1955 New York Auto Show. Fast forward a half decade, and Saab has proven that Scandinavian design, quick turbos, unique features, and a loyal owner body is all it takes to be successful. Now that Saab is under GM's leadership, it shares the 9-2X platform with the Subaru Impreza. Because of this, the ignition key location, which in Saabs is always in-between the front seats, is mounted on the column. A change would have been cost-prohibitive. Saab loyalists probably aren't thrilled with this setup, but the 9-2X benefits so much from the Subaru's excellent platform, it's not something that will deter drivers looking for a great package at a reasonable price.
The fact that the Saab 9-2X has full-time all-wheel drive is a bonus for safety and handling, and the 2.5i model that features the naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine makes 173 hp and 166 lb.-ft. of torque. For those looking for a bit more spice, the Aero version comes with a Subaru-based 2.5L, turbocharged, four-cylinder boxer (horizontally opposed) engine that pumps out 230 hp and 235 lb.-ft. of torque, up about three hp and 18 lb.-ft. of torque over 2005.
A Leather Package features cowhide seats and door inserts on the Aero, while the 2.5i gets a leather-covered steering wheel, gearshift knob, and hand-brake boot. The Aero's Sport Package includes 17-inch wheels and Xenon gas (brighter, whiter light) headlamps. Only three colors are available: Midnight Black Mica, Artic Silver Metallic, and Brilliant Red.
When it comes to the Compact Premium Sporty segment, the Saab 9-2X is with some austere company. The 11-model segment has done well, thanks to the popularity of these small, yet sporty, yet semi-luxurious rides.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the Nissan 350Z leads the segment, having sold 27,278 units in calendar year 2005. In a tight battle for second, the Acura RSX (20,809 sales in 2005) edged out the Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class (18,227). The Saab 9-2X, with 5,940 sales in 2005, ranked ninth on the sales chart. Other competitors in the segment include the Chrysler Crossfire, Mercedes-Benz SLK Class, and BMW Z4.
|2.5i||5 speed manual||$22,990||173-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl||22/29|
|Aero||5 speed manual||$26,950||230-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl||21/27|