Getting a hefty slate of upgrades this year, the 2009 Saab 9-3 has expanded its trim levels and performance enhancements. Body style choices include a hard top sedan with seating for five; a two-door, four-passenger convertible; and a five-door, five-passenger sport wagon. Standard on all trim levels, except the Aero, is a 2.0L turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that cranks out 210 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque, while the Aero trims boast a turbocharged 2.8L V6 engine capable of 280 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the base trim, while a five-speed automatic transmission is optional; however, all other trims come with either a five- or six-speed automatic transmission. Optionally, a manual transmission is available on the sportier trims. The Aero and the XWD trims are all-wheel drive, but the rest come in front-wheel drive. Fuel economy estimates range from a low of 15 mpg city/24 mpg hwy and 18 mpg in combined driving for the automatic Aero sedan or SportCombi to 19/29/23 mpg for the manual 2.0T sedan. Saab 9-3 standard safety features include antilock disc brakes, stability control, OnStar telematics, active head restraints and front-seat side airbags.Read more Read less
The Saab 9-3 got an overall freshening for 2008, so there were only minor improvements for 2009. Aero wagons and sedans now come with standard all-wheel drive (it's an option with the base 2.0L turbo engine). Bluetooth connectivity is standard for all variants. The Turbo X sedan and wagon were dropped for the current model year.
A body style for everyone: sedan, wagon, convertible; high performance from the Aero versions; all-wheel drive available on all models
The 9-3 is in the luxury sedan category, and is priced accordingly, with the base 2.0T sedan starting around $30,000 and the top-of-the-line 2.8L turbo Aero convertible coming in around $50,000. Saab fans will appreciate the more aggressive exterior styling and, of course, the quirky Saab interior touches, like the key in the console and honeycomb air vents.
Convertible 2D Turbo
Sedan 4D Turbo
Sedan 4D Turbo AWD
Wagon 5D SportCombi Turbo
Wagon 5D SportCombi Turbo AWD