The new 2012 Saab 9-4X has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award.
“The 9-4X is rated good in the Institute’s front, side, and rollover evaluations based on good performances for its structural twin, the Cadillac SRX,” the IIHS said. “A separate rear impact test was conducted for the seats/head restraints in the 9-4X resulting in a good rating for protection in rear-end crashes.”
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IIHS recognizes a vehicle as a Top Safety Pick when it earns highest ratings in all 4 Institute safety evaluations, and that have electronic stability control, which is standard on the 9-4X.
Refresher: The 2012 Saab 9-4X is available with two V6 powertrain choices, both mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The entry-level engine is a 3.0L engine making 265-hp allowing the 9-4X to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds with front-wheel-drive (8.4 seconds with Saab’s XWD all-wheel-drive). The second model is a 2.8L turbo V6 making 300-hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Mated standard to XWD, the turbo Saab 9-4X sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds. Prices start at $33,380.
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– By: Omar Rana