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2011 Saab 9-3 - Review

 

2011
logo OVERALL RATING 5
out of 10

Turmoil at Saab has shaken things up over the past year, and the 2011 Saab 9-3, the oldest model currently on sale from the brand, gets a shake-up as well. MotorAuthority rates the Saab 9-3 5 out of 10.

The turbocharged V-6 model is no longer offered, and the options have been shuffled around, but there are still three familiar body style: the sedan, the convertible, and the SportCombi wagon. Two trim lines are available, the Turbo4 and the Aero X--previously among the higher trims available. Both cars derive their power from the same engine: a 2.0-liter, 210-horsepower turbocharged inline four-cylinder.

Both cars also get a five-speed automatic transmission, though it's an optional upgrade on the Turbo4 and standard on the Aero X. The Turbo4's standard transmission is a six-speed manual. Both models are also available with a Haldex XWD all-wheel drive system, and when so equipped, both come with a six-speed automatic transmission. Base configurations for both the Turbo4 and Aero X are front-wheel drive.

In terms of handling, the 9-3 is nothing exciting, as it's a bit heavy for its 210-horsepower engine, but at the same time, it's not your average workaday sedan or wagon, either. The all-wheel drive option adds some all-weather capability, but at the expense of fuel economy: the FWD models get 21/31 mpg, while the XWD models get just 17/27--not exactly top-notch for a turbo four-cylinder car.

Options are pretty standard, though they hint at the fact that the 9-3 was last seriously updated in 2008. Navigation is available, as are rear parking sensors, a power passenger seat, Bluetooth, and XM satellite radio--but none are standard on either trim. Standard options include leather upholstery, cruise control, and power locks/windows/mirrors.

For an exhaustive look at all of the Saab 9-3's features, read our most recent full review at TheCarConnection.

Specs: Select a Trim

Style MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
2-Door Convertible Automatic FWD (2)
2-Door Convertible Automatic FWD Specs $39,990 $38,990 19 27
Aero Specs $45,080 $43,276 19 27
2-Door Convertible FWD (2)
2-Door Convertible FWD Specs $39,990 $38,990 20 29
Aero Specs $45,080 $43,276 19 27
2-Door Convertible Manual FWD (2)
2-Door Convertible Manual FWD Specs $39,990 $38,990 20 29
Aero Specs $45,080 $43,276 20 29
4-Door Sedan Automatic FWD (2)
4-Door Sedan Automatic FWD Specs $28,900 $28,177 19 28
Aero Specs $35,340 $33,926 19 28
4-Door Sedan Automatic XWD (2)
4-Door Sedan Automatic XWD Specs $32,395 $31,585 17 27
Aero Specs $38,115 $36,590 17 27
4-Door Sedan FWD (2)
4-Door Sedan FWD Specs $28,900 $28,177 21 31
Aero Specs $35,340 $33,926 19 28
4-Door Sedan Manual FWD (2)
4-Door Sedan Manual FWD Specs $28,900 $28,177 21 31
Aero Specs $35,340 $33,926 21 31
4-Door Sedan Manual XWD (2)
4-Door Sedan Manual XWD Specs $32,395 $31,585 20 29
Aero Specs $38,115 $36,590 20 29
4-Door Sedan XWD (2)
4-Door Sedan XWD Specs $32,395 $31,585 17 27
Aero Specs $38,115 $36,590 17 27
4-Door Wagon (1)
AWD 9-3X Specs $36,975 $35,496 17 27
4-Door Wagon Automatic (1)
XWD 9-3X Specs $36,975 $35,496 17 27
4-Door Wagon Automatic FWD (2)
4-Door Wagon Automatic FWD Specs $30,330 $29,571 19 27
Aero Specs $37,020 $35,539 19 27
4-Door Wagon FWD (2)
4-Door Wagon FWD Specs $30,330 $29,571 21 31
Aero Specs $37,020 $35,539 19 27
4-Door Wagon Manual (1)
XWD 9-3X Specs $36,975 $35,496 20 29
4-Door Wagon Manual FWD (2)
4-Door Wagon Manual FWD Specs $30,330 $29,571 21 31
Aero Specs $37,020 $35,539 21 31
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