Interestingly, an increasing number of Americans turned to older cars as COVID forced workers to stay at home, and the economy took a hard hit. The thing is, the spike in the old car trend hasn’t abated yet. According to the research agency IHS Markit, the average car on the road in the United States in 2021 will be more than 12 years old. Man, the braces have never been this wide as long as we can remember. We’re just saying we understand why Americans like you might be looking for older cars, and you’re not alone in this.
It’s not so long ago GM bought the Swedish car company we know as Saab. Despite its acquisition by GM in the year 2000, the tent went down ten years later, exactly 64 years from the year the Stockholm-based aerospace and defense company began making cars. Piece of advice; Don’t judge a car by how the automaker did it.
Saab packed up due to financial difficulties, leaving truly exceptional cars like the 2001 Saab 9-5 Aero in the dust. Ultimately, your finances, brand loyalty, maintenance plans, nostalgia and driving experience are some of the factors that determine your car shopping preferences.
Are you in the market for a new car? We highly recommend the 2001 Saab 9-5 Aero, and we have at least four reasons to back up our recommendation for this relatively older car. As you will soon discover through this exhibit, this car wears multiple hats. It competed with luxury brands such as the Cadillac Catera, while also trailing sports sedans such as the BMW 540i. To top it off, it looks and acts differently because … it’s a Saab. Thanks to its great features, these are the reasons why you should choose a 2001 Saab 9-5 Aero
The 2001 Saab 9-5 Aero looks great
In the new 2021 model year, the Saab 9-5 Aero received a modified styling. The makeover, such as the body-sprayed rear bumper, side skirts and side indicator lights, enhanced Saab’s premium quality. The 9-5 is a luxury executive cruiser that handles exactly like that, even when it doesn’t look like it. It has a low front profile, a louvered air dam under the front bumper and an overall solid wedge stance.
This is an executive sedan that is perfect for owners who don’t want to impress their friends at the golf club. Go for the 2010 Saab 9-5 if you want to impress your golf club friends. The streamlined cockpit design explains why the company likes to hype that feature in TV ads. We’re not just talking about the instrument panel. The entire interior speaks to Saab’s aviation roots, so that a pilot would feel at home in this car.
The Saab 9-5 Aero from 2001 has a powerful engine
The nameplate of the Saab 9-5 came in three versions, from the fully equipped base model to the SE version with a wide range of amenities and the high-quality Aero trim. The Aero variant pays tribute to the brand’s aircraft history.
As a performance 9-5 trim level, the 2001 Saab 9-5 Aero features the most advanced powertrain; a 2.3L turbo-four V6 engine with 230 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque at 1,900 to 3,000 rpm mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The Aero variant with turbo was the fastest Saab at the time. It offered a quieter ride, faster acceleration, better fuel economy and handling you could call aviation precision.
The Saab 9-5 Aero from 2001 has a huge storage space
How many cars (excluding trucks and SUVs) allow you to get into the trunk without getting out of the car? Saab 9-5 gives you that thoughtful function and many other innovative details, such as a removable rigid luggage shelf and a sliding load floor to make loading and unloading things easier.
The rear seat does not fold down in sections, but provides a passageway in the rear seat to allow access to the trunk from the inside. The Saab 9-5 Aero from 2001 offers a luggage space of 15.9 cubic meters and a maximum load space of 15.9 cubic meters. The Aero wagon variant complained that the Saab 9-5 does not have a hatchback model. The car offers nearly 73 cu-ft of cargo space with the rear seats folded.
The Aero Wagon – Gary Fisher Edition– takes cargo transport one step further by offering a roof rack system plus various load compartment accessories, including heavy-duty cargo nets and a 12-volt power outlet. Bringing along the same turbocharged V6 and now ample storage space means you’ll be well prepared for that journey.
The Saab 9-5 Aero from 2001 has comfortable seats
The Swedish automaker built this car with passenger safety and comfort in mind, but space doesn’t allow us to explore all the features here. The wagon version comes with seats built specifically for long-distance travel, while the sedan’s interior also offers comfort for long journeys. Expect a leather-wrapped 4-spoke steering wheel with a rim exactly the diameter to make the driver’s grip as comfortable as possible.
The pear-shaped leather-stitched gear knob enhances the car’s premium feel. The front passengers enjoy 39 cu-ft of headroom, while the rear passengers have 38 cu-ft of headroom. You also get 57 cu-ft front and rear shoulder room and 32.4”/36.6” front/rear legroom. With a fuel capacity of 18.5 gallons, you can make that long journey without fear of running out of gas halfway through the journey. 9-5 Aero offers great fuel economy with 21 mpg city/30 highway.
Final thought on the 2001 Saab 9-5 Aero
For us, one of Saab’s strong selling points is the extreme attention to detail on the car, as this means a fresh look at vehicle technology.
Imagine a refrigerated glove box, aircraft-inspired cargo securing system, map pocket on the front seat, dual sun visors, winter and sport mode push button on the gear lever, programmable garage door opener on the rear-view mirror, automatic door lock at 10 mph, and many other features. If you are buying a used Saab like the 9-5 Aero you may need a downloadable manual to identify the range of features available in this car.
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