The 2001 Saab 9-3 is a fun line of hatchbacks, coupes, and convertibles that have a unique style, good power and acceleration, and plenty of features. If consumers are looking for safety, luxury, and sportiness, it's definitely an option to consider. Consumers can opt for the three-door or five-door version or upgrade to the SE five-door with a number of tantalizing features. The SE and the Viggen is also available as a convertible.
Body Styles: hatchback, convertible
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.3-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Saab 9-3, Saab 9-3 SE, Saab 9-3 Viggen
The 2001 Saab 9-3 base model is no longer available as a convertible, but consumers can still enjoy the SE and Viggen in convertible form. Traction control and the OnStar telecommunications system are now standard equipment across all models.
The 2001 Saab 9-3 has a three-door hatchback or five-door hatchback body with 15-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires and a rear spoiler. The SE coupe forgoes the spoiler for a power glass sunroof with 16-inch tires, while the SE convertible has the rear spoiler and power convertible roof. The Viggen has 17-inch alloy wheels with performance tires and power glass sunroof, and the Viggen convertible adds the rear spoiler with a power convertible roof.
The 2001 Saab 9-3 features comfortable velour bucket front seats with a height adjustable driver seat with adjustable lumber support. You’ll also find power locks, windows and mirrors, and a telescoping steering wheel with audio controls for the stereo built in. The SE adds leather to the front seats, steering wheel, and shift knob with eight-way power adjust for both driver and passenger. Sport front seats are featured in the Viggen hatchback and convertible models.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Saab 9-3 models all feature front independent suspension and a turbo five-speed manual transmission. The standard hatchback comes with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with a turbo five-speed manual transmission that can generate a solid 185 horsepower with 194 lb-ft of torque. For optimal performance, buyers will want the SE, which can provide 205 horsepower and 209 lb-ft of torque or the Viggen model with its 2.3-liter, DOHC, four-cylinder engine, offering 230 horses and 258 lb-ft of torque.
For safety, the 2001 Saab 9-3 is a great choice. The patented B-pillar pendulum design protects the head and chest in the event of an accident, and it's equipped with two-stage inflating head and chest side airbags along with front head airbags, four-wheel BS, traction control, front and rear headrests, front seatbelt pretensioners, and electronic brake force distribution. Consumers will also find a remote anti-theft alarm system, engine immobilizer, and cornering and daytime running lights. Don’t forget the OnStar telecommunications system standard.
EPA Fuel Economy
Saab 9-3: 19/26 mpg city/highway
Saab 9-3 Viggen: 18/28 mpg city/highway
- Nice power
- Lots of choices
- OnStar standard
You Won't Like
- Other cars in its class are also competitive
- Unique Saab style not for everyone
- Some torque steer issues in SE and Viggen models
A fun, sporty hatchback or convertible with good power with a unique Saab style.
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