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2009 Saab 9-3 Wagon

4dr Wgn Aero AWD

Starting at | Starting at 15 MPG City - 24 MPG Highway

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  • $44,885 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Saab 9-3 Wagon

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.

What's new for 2009?

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.

Model Strengths

  • A body style for everyone: sedan, wagon, convertible
  • high performance from the Aero versions
  • all-wheel drive available on all models

Model Review

The Saab 9-3 comes in three body styles: Sport sedan, SportCombi (wagon), and convertible. All three are available in base trim, with an inline 4-cylinder 2.0L turbo engine that turns out 210 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque, or Aero, with a V6 2.8L turbo engine making 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, plus standard all-wheel drive. A 6-speed manual comes standard on the base model, with an optional 5-speed automatic as an option. The other models come with a 5- or 6-speed automatic transmission, with a manual transmission optional for sportier driving.

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To bring you this inclusive review on the 2009 Saab 9-3, editors scoured the Web for input and insight from reviewers and combined them with their own firsthand driving impressions, so you can feel confident that you have all the information.

The Saab 9-3 is a roomy compact model that borders on mid-size, despite the fact that it's now the smallest model in Saab's lineup. The 9-3 comes in sedan and versatile wagon (SportCombi) body styles, as well as a convertible.

The 2009 Saab 9-3 comes in two models: base and Aero. A 210-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine propels the base model, while the high-performance Aero model gets a 280-hp, 2.8-liter turbocharged V-6 engine (the figures represent a new boost in horsepower for 2009). At the top of the range is the Turbo X model, which brings a stronger, 280-hp version of the turbo V-6 and an all-wheel-drive system. Both models come with a six-speed manual transmission, with an automatic transmission optional on each: five-speed for the base, six-speed for the Aero. For 2009, Saab's XWD all-wheel-drive system is optional on 2.0T models.

Saab's electronic limited-slip differential manages power from side to side to help maintain grip and poise in very enthusiastic on-the-road driving. For 2009, it's standard on the Aero V-6 XWD, as well as the Turbo X.

A lowered sport-tuned suspension is added to the 2009 Saab 9-3 Aero models to take advantage of the added power, and the Turbo X gets an even more aggressive setup, along with upgraded brakes, Y-rated tires, and rear body leveling. Inside, it also garners carbon-fiber trim and a different steering-wheel design, and it's available in only Jet Black Metallic.

Handling is a strong suit; the 9-3 has better steering than most front-wheel-drive sport sedans, with good road feel, and the 9-3 feels more agile and tossable than most cars its size. The base model of the 2009 Saab 9-3 has a firm ride that's absorbent enough for driving on rough, urban highways, but the Aero models have a stiffer tuning that's less comfortable and transmits some coarser surfaces as road noise.

Inside, the 2009 Saab 9-3 models have Saab's traditionally stark appearance, which was spiced up a bit with an interior redesign for 2007. Nice, well-bolstered seats bring an upright driving position with a good view outward, but the backseat is very cramped and lacks the legroom necessary for adults. The trunk, however, is quite spacious.

In the 9-3 SportCombi wagon, the 60/40-split backseats fold forward to create a large, continuous space for cargo. A hidden, underfloor storage area provides added room for valuables.

The often-overlooked 2009 Saab 9-3 Convertible has an especially roomy trunk, yet it can stow away its soft top in just 20 seconds. The 9-3 Convertible remains one of TheCarConnection.com's favorite convertibles for practical everyday driving and cruising.

The 9-3 achieves only middle-of-the-road four-star results for frontal and side impact in the federal government's tests. It is, however, rated "good" in all of the insurance-affiliated IIHS tests. Electronic stability control is standard on all 2009 Saab 9-3 models, as are active head restraints, front side airbags, and side-curtain bags for outboard passengers.

The options list on the 2009 Saab 9-3 is quite short but includes a navigation system and a Cold Weather Package of headlamp washers and heated seats. The options list is brief in part because the standard features list is long; even base 9-3 models come equipped as luxury cars, with most commonly expected conveniences standard. Aero models add upgraded leather sport seats, xenon cornering headlamps, a moonroof, fog lamps, and a Bose Centerpoint surround-sound system. New for 2009 is upgraded OnStar 8.0, which includes turn-by-turn navigation and Bluetooth.


The Bottom Line:

Despite rather conservative styling, the 2009 Saab 9-3 is one of the boldest performers in its class.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Std
Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
Rain Sensing Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Std
Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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