The 2005 Saab 9-3 has room and adds a lot of pleasure to the driving experience. Its performance is commendable with well-executed front-drive technology and a powerful engine. Long for its class, the 9-3 has an attractive body design that comes in both convertible and sedan options.
Body Styles: sedan, convertible
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Saab 9-3 Linear, Saab 9-3 Arc, Saab 9-3 Aero
Some of the notable offers that come with the 2005 Saab 9-3 include a sunroof, a navigation system, and the turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. It also adds the convertible and the sedan trims as the interior takes on flavor with leather seats, and the wheels, too, get a face-lift with funky 16-inch alloy wheels. The front looks grand with fog lights.
The 2005 Saab 9-3 now comes with fog lights, an attractive front grille, and heated power mirrors. The 9-3 measures 69 inches wide, 56.8 inches tall, and 182.5 inches long, making it bigger than most vehicles in its class. The entire vehicle sits on a 105.3-inch wheelbase and runs on 16-inch alloy wheels fitted with P215/55R H all-season tires.
The bucket seats in the front of the 2005 Saab 9-3 have a leather finish and the front offers 38.9 inches of headroom, 42.3 inches of legroom, 56.3 inches of shoulder room, and both the front passenger and the driver get a height-adjustable seat. The rear offers 37 inches of headroom, 35.1 inches of legroom, and 55.1 inches of shoulder room, and a split-folding rear seat includes a folding pass-through center armrest. The 9-3 offers 15 cubic feet of cargo space with all of the seats upright, which expands to an impressive 56.5 cubic feet of maximum cargo room.
Additional storage spaces include the front console, front and rear door pockets, cup holders, and pockets of the front seatbacks. More leather trim appears on the gear shift knob and steering wheel. The 9-3 also features power door locks and power windows, a trip computer, and various driver signals such as low fuel level and low tire pressure indicators. Power steering and a tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio controls come standard. Comfort features include air-conditioning, courtesy lights in the trunk, front and rear reading lights, and driver and front-passenger illuminating vanity mirrors. For entertainment, the 9-3 includes an AM/FM radio with an in-dash CD player supported by seven 150-watt stereo speakers.
Performance & Handling
The base engine of the 2005 Saab 9-3, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder, emits 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. This engine pairs with a five-speed manual transmission. The suspension system on the front-drive model includes a MacPherson strut suspension, multilink rear suspension, and four-wheel independent suspension.
Four-wheel ABS comes standard in the 9-3. Additional stability fittings in the wheels include ventilated disc brakes in the front wheels and solid disc brakes in the rear wheels, emergency braking assist, stability and traction control, and electronic brake force distribution. Additional safety features in the 2005 Saab 9-3 include head airbags in the front and rear and side-mounted airbags in the front and rear. Seats come fitted with height-adjustable headrests to protect occupants from whiplash in the event of a crash. Child seat anchors and child-safety door locks in the rear make the 9-3 suitable for families. For user safety it includes a remote-controlled anti-theft alarm system, an engine immobilizer, and an emergency interior trunk release lever. For safer driving, the 9-3 includes daytime running and auto delay-off headlights.
EPA Fuel Economy
Saab 9-3 sedan: 22/30 mpg city/highway
Saab 9-3 convertible: 21/32 mpg city/highway
- Safety features
- Engine power
- Stable suspension
You Won't Like
- Coupe and sedan body options
Sedan and convertible trims with equal power and drive thrill.
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