2001 9-3 New Car Test Drive
Saab 9-3 lets drivers experience the excitement of turbocharged front-wheel drive, but helps them manage it with traction control and sophisticated engine management. It's offered in three-door, five-door, and convertible models.
Saab cars have been lauded for their innovation ever since the first Saab 92 was unveiled in 1947. Designed by aircraft engineers, they quickly attracted attention with their aerodynamic styling. Some consider them quirky. This latest generation of Saabs is far more mainstream than Saabs of past, but it preserves that special character that makes a Saab. The ignition key is still mounted on the center console; a modern version of the Black Panel instrument cluster remains; and innovative solutions to mirrors and the ventilation system can be found on the 9-3. The name, 9-3 (pronounced 'nine-three'), traces its roots to Saab's aviation heritage. The 9-3 is the successor to the long-lived Saab 900, a car that practically became a legend among its followers for its turbocharger and front-wheel drive.
Saab 9-3 is available in three body styles: a three-door hatchback, a five-door hatchback, and a two-door convertible.
Three different engines are available, all turbocharged four-cylinder engines. 9-3 comes standard with a 185-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. SE models come with a 205-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Viggen models come with a 230-horsepower turbocharged 2.3-liter engine.
Base 3-door ($26,495) and 5-door ($26,995) models comes standard with velour upholstery. SE 5-door ($32,595) and convertible ($39,995) models come with leather seating surfaces. A Leather Package ($1350) is available as an option on base and Viggen models. Powerful Viggen models are available in 3-door ($37,995), 5-door ($37,995), and convertible ($44,995) styles.