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.
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|2009 Saab 9-3Browse Used Listings||2009 Audi A4Browse Used Listings||2009 Subaru LegacyBrowse Used Listings||2008 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2008 Volvo S60Browse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged I4||Gas I4||Gas Flat 4-Cyl||Gas I6||Low-Pressure Turbo Gas I5|
|4-Door Sedan 2.0T Touring||4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*||4-Door H4 Manual||4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV||4-Door Sedan 2.5T FWD w/Snrf|
|Front Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|