Strong but fuel-efficient performance; excellent handling; solid feature list; standout convertible model
Saab is introducing all-wheel drive across its model lineup, and it certainly increases the desirability of the 9-3 sedan. The Saab 9-3 has very unique design and styling details when compared to other sport-sedan models, as well as a perky yet efficient turbo 4-cylinder engine. Steering and handling are also strong features of the 9-3. Finally, the 9-3 Convertible is an unusually strong entry in its segment today, with real seating space in back and a tight, quiet cabin setup.
The Saab 9-3 is offered in two different body styles--a sedan or convertible. No matter which 2011 Saab 9-3 model you choose, it's powered by a 210-horsepower, 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. The engine itself is all-aluminum, and balance shafts help keep it smooth and refined. Most Saab 9-3 models are now offered in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel-drive XWD models, and there's a choice between a 6-speed manual transmission or 5-speed automatic (6-speed auto only for the XWD).
In addition to a Haldex all-wheel drive system with multi-plate clutch, 9-3 XWD models add self-leveling shocks and ventilated rear disc brakes. Their Sentronic transmission has a manual-shift mode that allows the driver to command an upshift or downshift.
The 9-3 Convertible is a true 4-person drop-top, with enough space in back for two adults and a nice, tight-fitting top. Other 9-3 models have space for five, though backseat legroom isn't quite on par with most mid-size sedans. The interior is in most iterations quite dark, yet tastefully designed, and the instrument panel has a sporty cockpit design that arcs slightly around the driver.
Standard 9-3 models come about as well equipped as any entry-luxury European cars, with standard rain-sensing wipers, fog lamps, leather upholstery, power front seats, remote keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control and a cooled glovebox. Top Aero models upgrade to black leather sport bucket seats, carbon-fiber interior trim, chrome exhaust tips, other exterior upgrades, a limited-slip differential, a remote garage-door opener, Bluetooth connectivity, and a Bose Centerpoint premium audio system. A DVD-based navigation system is also on offer, along with an Aero Premium Package that adds memory seat settings, rear park assist, heated side mirrors, and folding, light-sensitive mirrors.
The 9-3 also lives up to Saab's reputation for safety, with active front head restraints, electronic stability control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, front side airbags, and side-curtain airbags for outboard occupants.
A significantly refreshed version of the 9-3 is due for the 2012 model year.
For 2011, the turbocharged V6 models of the 9-3 have been discontinued--as has the SportCombi wagon--while Saab's turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which now powers the entire model line, has received new direct-injection technology.
Vehicle Price: 29,725.00
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