Saab 9-3 Review – Research New & Used Saab 9-3 Models | Edmunds

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With so entry-level luxury car choices Germany, Japan and America, easy to overlook the Swedish 9-3. Once upon a time, it was a match for buyers looking for a safe and comfortable automobile a proven safety record and a modern attitude. Actually, for buyers, that’s still the but new car shoppers looking for an entry-level sedan will find the 9-3 now behind the times.

Though the and practical 9-3 hatchbacks were after the 2002 model the 9-3 family continues to be offered in body styles: a four-door two-door convertible and four-door the latter called SportCombi. All a small-displacement turbocharged engine extracts decent power salvaging respectable fuel

Among the Saab 9-3‘s shortcomings are its lone, underwhelming choice, comparatively cut-rate quality, somewhat cramped and an aging design that’s many increasingly common So, it’s easy to overlook the 9-3 for a purchase, and that’s probably not a bad

Current Saab 9-3

Today’s 9-3 is sold in three body sedan, SportCombi wagon and Each is broken into and Aero trim levels, the SportCombi is available in an additional trim known as 9-3X. and SportCombi models feel with low floors, upright and seating for five, though in the rear seat can be tight. in particular is a sore spot. models have a rear for two adults of small-to-average size.

room in all models is generous.

All are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 210 Front-wheel-drive 2.0T models standard with a six-speed and are optional with a five-speed This is standard on the front-drive

A six-speed automatic is standard on models, but any 9-3 with a standard can be equipped with a no-cost manual.

The 9-3X gets an elevated height, an electronic limited-slip and different exterior and interior to make it a more all-terrain-suitable The front-wheel-drive Aero features a suspension, while the Aero XWD only) gets a limited-slip and a self-leveling suspension.

Inside, two-tone color schemes lots of matte-black finishes an intense, distinctly Scandinavian — though its look and are not as upscale as competitor luxury or even some run-of-the-mill sedans. Longstanding Saab-isms including a floor-mounted ignition and a Night Panel button darkens all non-essential dashboard to reduce eye fatigue. However, the and audio controls are now generic, friendly GM units.

Editorial have praised the Saab 9-3 as one of the front-wheel-drive cars on the market, taking note of its comfortable seats and cavernous cargo even in the convertible. The Aero in although expensive, has a lightweight, feel missing from of its competitors. Its low-powered engine, gives it a distinct disadvantage in a where 300 hp is a common output.

While the 9-3 isn’t a bad car, you can do better nowadays.

Used 9-3 Models

Shoppers interested in a Saab 9-3 should note the vehicle has changed some its introduction for 2003. Originally, the was available in three trim The base Linear and more Arc shared a turbocharged 175-hp four-cylinder engine and nearly styling.

The Vector wore clothes, rode lower and a 210-hp version of the same which was also optional on the The 9-3 Convertible appeared for 2004, by the SportCombi wagon for 2006. models were renamed for 2005.

For 2006, the base trim level and its weak were dropped, while the Arc was 2.0T and gained the 210-hp as standard. The Aero received the turbocharged V6 that year for 280 hp. Six-speed manual and automatic were available. All 9-3s got an freshening for ’07, including bizarre, GM-sourced climate and controls.

The all-wheel-drive Aero sedan and arrived for 2008, along the limited (for-2008-only) Turbo X It featured 18-inch wheels, paint, a lowered and firmer self-leveling rear shock larger brakes, black seats and faux carbon-fiber trim.

For 2009 only, the 9-3 was expanded to include a dizzying of trim levels for the various styles and engines. They gone the following year the 9-3X was introduced and the Aero’s V6 was unfortunately dropped from the The current transmission availability at this time as well.

The Saab 9-3 debuted in 1999. a new model than a new name, the 9-3 over for its Saab 900 predecessor and a mildly upgraded interior and chassis turning. Other that, this 9-3 was pretty the same as the 1994-’98 years of the

It was available in three body a two-door hatchback, a four-door and a convertible.

The first-generation 9-3 is considered one of the true Saabs. Designed General Motors took Saab in 2000, the 9-3 possessed all the and quirks that Saab-o-philes sacred: temperamental keyholes in the rounded, jet-fighter-like wraparound and bustle-back styling on the hatchbacks.

9-3s were offered lively turbocharged four-cylinder In 1999, base models 185 hp, while next up the ladder the SE models with 205 hp and 9-3 Viggen with 230. By 2002, models were dropped, the SE as the entry-level 9-3.

The most of the original 9-3s was the convertible.

One of the convertibles to offer a completely power top, as well as the to open and close all four with one button, the Saab 9-3 also boasted one of the largest in its class and a generous amount of glass for good outward

First-generation 9-3s generally a decent amount of feature and safety. Their body are built to last, but due to spotty quality, their interiors may not be. at the time couldn’t overlook the 9-3’s numerous shortcomings, but were smitten by the 9-3’s and dare-to-be-different packaging.

As long as a 9-3 isn’t a broken 9-3, it be a compelling used car option just be prepared for the generally maintenance and repair costs come with owning a import.

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