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2011 Saab 9-3X

  • 2011 Saab 9-3X Base Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      210/221
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $36,975
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2011 Saab 9-3X Review

The 2011 Saab 9-3X is an ideal vehicle for people who do not want an SUV-type vehicle. The 9-3X is an all-rounder that can take on heavier mountaineering trials with comfort and style.

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Overview

The 2011 Saab 9-3X is a raised suspension wagon manufactured by Sweden-based Saab Automobile AB. The car’s design is mainly based on the Saab 9-3 SportCombi wagon and is about 35 mm higher than the SportCombi. The extra trunk space in the 2011 Saab 9-3X makes it a very efficient family wagon. The car has many impressive features that make it an ideal vehicle for long journeys. Many car buyers will agree that the 2011 Saab 9-3X is more capable than some of the SUVs in the market. The off-road capability, the flexible and refined engine, along with revised suspension leads to better riding comfort even in bumpy road conditions.

The company’s ten year anti-perforation warranty may provide some relief to 9-3X owners. The maintenance issues with the 9-3x are generally small in nature, and there should be no need to replace parts if they are maintained and serviced regularly.

The Range

Body Styles: four-door sport sedan, two-door soft-top convertible, four-door wagon (SportCombi)
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic, six-speed automatic
Models: Base 4dr AWD SportCombi, Turbo4 4dr AWD SportCombi

What's New

The 2011 Saab 9-3X is a carryover, and thus is unchanged for the 2011 model year.

Exterior

The Saab 9-3X Turbo4 4dr AWD SportCombi is powered by a 2.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine that generates 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The car is available with six-speed automatic and manual transmission. The Saab 9-3X Turbo4 4dr AWD SportCombi has stiffer springs and shocks and larger brakes than the other trim versions. The shift lever, dash, and door panels have a carbon fiber finish. The turbo boost gauge of the engine draws inspiration from its predecessor, the Saab 900.

Interior

The interior of the 2011 Saab 9-3X offers more luxury than the other 9-3 series. The fabric inserts in the leather seats are unique to the 9-3X. The cabin of the 9-3X has a decent finish with a strong, quality feel. The Active Head restraints for the front seats are offered as standard equipment. The in-car entertainment system includes a CD-radio combination, and customers have the option of upgrading the sound quality of the system to 300 watts. It also incorporates a DVD/GPS satellite navigation system with a 5.8-inch color monitor.

The 2011 Saab 9-3X also has some unique comfort features such as optional heated front seats and leather upholstery. Features such as driver seat memory, rear obstacle detection, and a power passenger seat and navigation system are optional.

Performance & Handling

The 2011 Saab 9-3X was introduced in 2010. The 9-3X is equipped with a two-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine generating 210 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. The all-wheel drive and six-speed automatic transmission is standard in the 2011 Saab 9-3X. Customers can also opt for a six-speed manual transmission at no extra cost. The 2011 Saab 9-3X is also available in a front-wheel drive variant.

The raised suspension of the 2011 Saab 9-3X allows for the better handling of the vehicle in a rugged terrain. This characteristic of the 2011 Saab 9-3X will entice people who frequently travel on unpaved roads.

The 2011 Saab 9-3X also features Saab’s cross-wheel drive system that was first introduced in the Turbo X limited edition. The unique characteristic of this system is its electronically-controlled Torque Transfer Device that distributes power between the axes for superior performance and prevents the slipping of the wheels in bad road conditions.

Safety

The 2011 Saab 9-3X is a dynamic and sporty vehicle thanks to the powerful turbocharged engine and the elegant Scandinavian design. In keeping with its tradition, Saab has provided good safety and luxury options that go with the style of the car. The carmaker has also received several honors from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety over the past several years.

Saab has continued its long-running tradition of providing ample safety, comfort and luxury features in the 9-3X. The Saab 9-3X has some notable security features such as anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control, front and side-impact airbags, front-side and side-curtain airbags, overhead airbags, seat belt tensors, an anti-whiplash system, an anti-skid system, and a security system. Safety features such as stolen vehicle tracking, in-vehicle assistance service, and height-adjustable safety belts are optional.

EPA Fuel Economy

2011 Saab 9-3X: 20/29 mpg in city/highway

You'll Like

  • Solid ride
  • Spacious interior with extra cargo space in trunk
  • Good safety scores

You Won't Like

  • The Saab 9-3x is known to have a handful of maintenance issues.
  • 9-3X owners may have to service their vehicles more frequently.
  • The maintenance of 2011 Saab 9-3X is not cheap.

Sum Up

The 2011 Saab 9-3X is an ideal vehicle for people who do not want an SUV-type vehicle. The 9-3X is an all-rounder that can take on heavier mountaineering trials with comfort and style.

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