2011 Saab 9-4X

The Saab 9-4X, a new model for 2011, has been named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick.

The 9-4X earns this award for its standard electronic stability control and for receiving the highest scores possible in front, side and rollover crash tests. The IIHS states that these scores are “based on good performances for its structural twin, the Cadillac SRX,” but that the Institute conducted separate rear impact tests for seating and head restraints. The 9-4X also received the highest rating in this category.

While the Cadillac SRX and the Saab 9-4X are structurally similar Top Safety Picks, compare the two before buying one over the other. Both SUVs seat five, have about the same amount of cargo space, a base 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 265 horsepower and available entertainment systems. Price, however, distinguishes the two vehicles. The 9-4X starts at $33,380, which is $1,235 less than the base Cadillac SRX, and comes with more standard features like Bluetooth and a USB port. A SRX equipped with these features and optional navigation and a rear entertainment system will cost $43,710 including the $875 destination charge. A fully-loaded 9-4X with rear entertainment is about $50,000.

If neither of these vehicles interests you, they aren’t the only SUVs to earn Top Safety Pick status. The Lexus RX, Lincoln MKT, Volkswagen Touareg, Volvo XC90 and Lincoln MKX, which are luxury midsize SUVS, share this honor. The smaller Audi Q5, Volvo XC60, Infiniti EX35 and Mercedes-Benz GLK are also Top Safety Picks.

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