2011 Saab 9-3 Research Click to hide
The aging Saab 9-3 soldiers on for 2012, amidst a cloud of uncertainty for its survival as well as that of its parent company. The entire range gets a new name: all 9-3 models are now badged as the 9-3 Griffin, which applies to the sedan, SportCombi wagon, and convertible ranges.
There's even a new model of the 9-3 out: the 9-3X, which is a tougher SportCombi with plastic flares, more ground clearance, and Saab's XWD that continuously routes power to individual wheels based on varying traction conditions. It shares the same 2.0-liter turbocharged engine as the rest of the range, which now produces 220 horsepower.
The sedan is still a fun drive, especially in turbocharged all-wheel-drive guise, but its age is showing. Despite sharing the same turbo engine in its only available model, Aero, the convertible looks better than it drives. Both SportCombi and 9-3X models are practical family wagons, with an available manual transmission for a bit more fun on the side. Despite incremental improvements such as new "ice block" headlights, tweaked bumpers, and a new center console and interior trim, the Saab 9-3 has been long left behind by its competitors--and its high price of entry isn't doing it any favors. Next Page »