Saab has survived a near-death experience--for now. Cut loose from the GM empire, it's been acquired by Dutch supercar builder Spyker, and it's revived its American operations behind a new 2010 Saab 9-5 and the carryover car here, the 2010 Saab 9-3.
The 9-3 is a roomy compact model that borders on mid-size, despite the fact that it's now the smallest model in the company's lineup. The 9-3 comes in sedan and versatile wagon (SportCombi) body styles, as well as a convertible
The 9-3 comes in two models: base and Aero. A 210-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine propels the base model, while the high-performance Aero model gets a 280-hp, 2.8-liter turbocharged V-6 engine. At the top of the range is the Turbo X model, which brings a stronger, 280-hp version of the turbo V-6 and an all-wheel-drive system.
Both models come with a six-speed manual transmission, with an automatic transmission optional on each: five-speed for the base, six-speed for the Aero.
Last year, Saab made its XWD all-wheel-drive system is optional on 2.0T models.
We're awaiting a test drive of the updated 2010 Saab 9-3, which is expected to have few changes from the prior version. Until then, read a review of the 2009 Saab 9-3 lineup.