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1996 Saab 900

  • 1996 Saab 900 S Convertible

    S Convertible

    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/154
    • ENGINE
      2.3L I4
    • MSRP
      $33,995
  • 1996 Saab 900 SE Convertible

    SE Convertible

    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      170/167
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I4
    • MSRP
      $42,495
  • 1996 Saab 900 SE Hatchback

    SE Hatchback

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      185/194
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $29,695
  • 1996 Saab 900 S Hatchback

    S Hatchback

    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/154
    • ENGINE
      2.3L I4
    • MSRP
      $24,695
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1996 Saab 900 Review

A car that proves that nothing can match a Saab's character.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1996 Saab 900 is a car manufactured by the Sweden-based automaker. It was first introduced in 1978, and models manufactured until 1993 are considered classics. This generation was based on the 99 chassis, modified with a longer front end in order to meet crash regulations in the United States.

The 1996 Saab 900's second generation began in 1994 and is called the GM900 or NG900 to Saab enthusiasts.

The Range

Body Styles: convertible, hatchback
Engines: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, 2.3-liter 4-cylinder, 2.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Saab 900 S, Saab 900 SE, Saab 900 SE V6

What's New

The 1996 Saab 900 SE hatchback is now available in a five-door body style. This new model also gets a new turbocharged, four-cylinder engine, which get an automatic transmission as an option. Some cosmetic additions like fat tires, a standard spoiler, and alloy wheels also come along with the automatic alternative.

All 1996 Saab 900 models with a V-6 engine come with a standard automatic transmission. The V-6 convertible also gets alloy wheels and a standard rear spoiler. There is no optional manual transmission, but it does receive adjustable driver’s lumbar support across all models.

Exterior

The 1996 Saab 900 distinguishes itself from other cars with its unique styling cues. Its distinctive front end with the company's trademark plastered on the grille, which makes it instantly recognizable. It's 182.6 inches long, 56.5 inches tall, and 67.4 inches wide with a 102.4-inch wheelbase.

Interior

The 1996 Saab 900 sticks to its efficient hatchback design and upright stance from the first-generation classic. As a result, it also carries forward some of the best aspects, which include a generous cabin with lots of headroom and legroom in the front and back seats.

Despite the fact that the 1996 Saab 900 is a compact car, it still has a relatively large cargo area. However, the plus points do not hide the fact that it is a very offbeat and quirky car. The position for the key is mounted on the floor, and the shifter needs to be in reverse in order to remove the key; this can put off some customers.

The 1996 Saab 900 offers good visibility all around, thanks to the high seating position that gives a good view over the short hood. The windshield itself is set at quite an upright angle, which adds to the visibility up front. The dash is laid out very logically, and the analog instrument gauges are marked clearly.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Saab 900 is available with three engines. The base engine is a two-liter, straight-four, turbocharged engine that delivers 160 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 188 lb-ft of torque at 4300 rpm. Another engine is a 2.3-liter, straight-four engine that delivers 150 horsepower at 5700 rpm and 155 lb-ft of torque at 4300 rpm. The SE V6 model comes with a new 2.5-liter, V-6 engine from Vauxhall and Opel that delivers 170 horsepower at 5900 rpm and 167 lb-ft of torque at 4200 rpm.

The 1996 Saab 900 carries a two-liter, straight-four engine that's not much of a choice even though it is fitted with a turbocharger. The 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine is better and offers a decent bit of power, but it only comes with a manual gearbox. When combined with an automatic transmission, the engine feels underpowered. The V-6 engine is the best engine, delivering lots of power smoothly, especially with the automatic transmission.

Safety

The 1996 Saab 900 earns four out of five stars for passenger and driver safety during frontal impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.

EPA Fuel Economy

Saab 900: 19/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good performance from the V-6
  • Nimble steering and handling
  • Offbeat exterior and interior
  • Spacious interior

You Won't Like

  • Poor ride quality
  • Noisy cabin

Sum Up

A car that proves that nothing can match a Saab's character.

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