2012 Saab 9-3  -  $40,365


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $40,365
Base Invoice: $39,378
Destination Charge: $875
Options: $0
Trim: 2dr Conv Manual FWD
Doors: 2
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 25 | City: 20 | Hwy: 33
Body Style: 2dr Conv Manual FWD
Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission
Engine: 2.0L turbo-charged I4 engine

Pros

Strong but fuel-efficient performance; excellent handling; solid feature list; standout convertible model


Value Writeup

Saab features available all-wheel drive across its model lineup, and that certainly increases the desirability of the 9-3 Griffin sedan. The Saab 9-3 Griffin 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.


Model Highlights

The Saab 9-3 Griffin is offered in two different body styles--a sedan or convertible. No matter the 9-3 Griffin model, it comes with an all-new 220-horsepower, 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, which was sourced from the 9-5. This engine is all-aluminum and features twin-scroll turbocharging and E85 capability. Saab says it achieves 4% greater fuel economy over last year's 2.0L unit. 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 6-speed automatic.

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, 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.


Model News

For 2012, the Saab 9-3 gets a mild refresh, a new engine, and a new name. In homage to the car's longtime mascot, the 9-3 is now known as the 9-3 Griffin. The 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine has been replaced with another 2.0L turbo engine, taken from the 9-5, which produces 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque--a significant improvement over the 210 horsepower and 221 lb-ft in the outgoing model. In addition, the new engine is E85 capable, and it's said to achieve 4% better overall fuel economy.

Styling highlights include new badges, a larger Saab grille emblem, revised headlights and new fog lamp recesses. 17-inch wheels are now standard on Aero and Turbo4 models. Inside, the dash has been slightly redesigned and gray fabric is now available, alongside new optional tan and black leatherette upholstery.

A new Independence Edition is also available for 2012, all of which are to be convertibles with special orange paint and beige leather interiors. Other features of the package include special carbon fiber look dashboard components, shifter, door handles, and handbrake lever. 18-inch wheels are standard. Only 366 are scheduled to be built.


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.3

EPA Classification
Sub-Compact

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
33 MPG

Cruising Range - City
320.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
20 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
25 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
528.00 mi

Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4

Displacement
2.0L/122

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
220 @ 5300

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 2500

Trans Type
6

Trans Description Cont.
Manual

Passenger Capacity
4

Front Head Room
38.0 in

Front Leg Room
41.5 in

Front Shoulder Room
56.0 in

Second Head Room
37.0 in

Second Leg Room
31.9 in

Second Shoulder Room
44.7 in

Wheelbase
105.3 in

Length, Overall
182.9 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
70.1 in

Height, Overall
56.6 in

Track Width, Front
60.0 in

Track Width, Rear
59.3 in

Trunk Volume
12.4 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3710 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
3500 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
350 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear
Independent

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/anti-roll bar

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Toe-link

Front Wheel Size
17 x 7.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
17 x 7.5 in

Front Wheel Material
Alloy

Rear Wheel Material
Alloy

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
16.0 gal

Warranty Note
<<< Saab Cars North America suspended warranties on all models on December 19, 2011.>>>

2.0L turbo-charged I4 engine

6-speed manual transmission

Front wheel drive

MacPherson strut front suspension -inc: gas shock absorbers, anti-roll bar, hydroformed subframe

4-link independent rear suspension -inc: coil springs, gas shock absorbers, anti-roll bar, subframe, 'Re-Axs' passive rear-wheel steering system

Pwr assisted rack & pinion steering

4-wheel disc brakes w/ventilated front

Anti-theft alarm w/engine immobilizer

17 x 7.5 5-spoke turbine alloy wheels

All season tires

Triple layer insulated fully automatic remote open convertible top

Saab 3-port grille design

Halogen projector beam headlights

Rear fog light

Front fog lights

Heat absorbent tinted glass

Heated pwr outside mirrors

Rain-sensing windshield wipers

High pressure headlight washers

Front pwr windows w/express down

Express close & remote open front windows

Remote keyless entry

AM/FM stereo w/CD player -inc: 7-speaker audio system

7-speaker audio system

Aux audio input

XM® Satellite radio w/(3) months trial period

Leather seat trim

Pwr driver seat

Pwr passenger seat

Heated front seats

Front seat storage pouch

Front seat active head restraint

Rear seat outboard head restraints

12V outlet in front console

Center armrest w/storage bin

Perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel

Steering wheel mounted controls

Titanium metallic interior trim

Driver info center w/trip computer

Central locking remote control w/panic alarm

Cruise control

Dual-zone climate control system

Electric rear defogger

Cooled glove box

Door pocket storage areas

(2) front seat passenger cup holders

Front & rear interior reading lamps

Illuminated vanity mirrors

Center rear armrest/load hatch w/luggage intrusion protection

Anti-lock braking system

Electronic stability program

Traction control system

Dual stage driver & front passenger air bags

Side impact head & thorax air bags

Front passenger sensing system

Front outboard safety belt pre-tensioners

Front outboard safety belt force limiters

Tire pressure monitor

Child seat LATCH system

Emergency trunk release handle

 
BLACK
$0

 
LASER RED
$0

 
ARCTIC WHITE
$0

 
GLACIER SILVER METALLIC
$600

 
CARBON GRAY METALLIC
$600

 
NOCTURNE BLUE METALLIC
$600

 
JAVA METALLIC
$600

 
DIAMOND SILVER METALLIC
$600

 
OAK METALLIC
$600

 
JET BLACK METALLIC
$600

 
CONVERTIBLE SOFT TOP COLOR BLACK
$0

 
CONVERTIBLE SOFT TOP COLOR BLUE
$600

 
CONVERTIBLE SOFT TOP COLOR SAND
$600

 
CONVERTIBLE SOFT TOP COLOR GRAY
$600

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
BLACK, LEATHER-APPOINTED SEAT TRIM
$0

 
PARCHMENT, LEATHER-APPOINTED SEAT TRIM
$0

 
CONVENIENCE PKG
$1,750

 
PREMIUM AUDIO PKG
$895

 
NAVIGATION W/PREMIUM AUDIO
$3,040

 
NAVIGATION RADIO
$2,145

 
ONSTAR SYSTEM
$750


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