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2009 Saab 9-3 vs. Its Competition

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The Saab's other Swedish rival, the Volvo S60, is worth consideration; the S60 has more passenger comfort but doesn't feel nearly as sporty.

At the top end of the 9-3's range, the BMW 3-Series might also be taken into account, especially in top 335xi trim.

This is where the less recognized 9-3 seems priced a little high, at about the same as the BMW.

The base 2009 Saab 9-3 2.0T sedan competes with the A4 2.0T, which also comes with a torquey, turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Next to the 9-3, the A4's interior is simply more stunning and opulent than that of the 9-3, even though the Saab's cabin feels pleasantly different.

The Subaru Legacy GT, with its 250-hp turbocharged version of the automaker's flat-four engine, is priced about the same as the base 9-3 and offers similar performance, though it comes with standard all-wheel drive, a feature only offered on the top 9-3 Turbo X.

Wagon shoppers looking at the SportCombi should also consider the Volvo V50, the BMW 3-Series Sports Wagon, or the Audi A4 Avant, while convertible shoppers might also look at the Volkswagen Eos.

2009 Saab 9-3 XWD2009 Saab 9-32009 Audi A42009 Audi A42009 Subaru Legacy 2009 Subaru Legacy2008 BMW 3-Series 2-door Convertible 328i Side Exterior View2008 BMW 3-Series2008 Volvo S60 2.5T2008 Volvo S60
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Despite rather conservative styling, the 2009 Saab 9-3 is one of the boldest performers in its class.
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The 2009 Audi A4 has grown into a more useful luxury sedan, though it goes overboard with optional, programmable handling.
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The 2009 Subaru Legacy appeals to rugged, sporty, and practical types, but not those who expect top refinement.
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The 2008 BMW 3-Series sedan has the best overall driving experience in its class and remains the gold standard among mid-size sport sedans.
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The 2008 Volvo S60 is a comfortable, safe all-weather sedan, but if you want top sport-sedan performance, you should look elsewhere.
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Turbocharged I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas I6Low-Pressure Turbo Gas I5
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4-Door Sedan 2.0T Touring4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*4-Door H4 Manual4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV4-Door Sedan 2.5T FWD w/Snrf
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