This paper presents a contour level object detection approach. In contrast to conventional bounding box results, we give out the salient closed contour of the object, which provides a possibility of semantic analysis for the object. We get the salient closed contour with Ratio Contour algorithm. The top-down information needed by salient closed contour extraction is based on the well-known Bag-of-Features methodology. Our top-down information based contour extraction and completion is much more efficient and robust than many related approaches lack of the top-down information. We also propose a novel post-processing framework for object detection. With low threshold and a refined binary classifier, we can get stable high performance. We evaluate our approaches on UIUC cars dataset. We show that our approaches apparently improve the performance of object detections under clutter. (C) 2013 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.