Editors at TheCarConnection.com find that the 2009 Saab 9-3 has styling that sets it apart from the pack. It doesn't, however, stand out much from last year's model.
The 2009 Saab 9-3 Sedan receives only minor exterior touches. Vestiges of the last major redesign, then, are alive and well in the '09 version. The New York Times notes the "radical new front and rear-end redesign," which Kelley Blue Book finds "distinctively fresh." Autoblog feels it's "a handsome face for Saab." Edmunds cites its "distinct Scandinavian charm—refreshing break from the mainline aesthetic." Car and Driver, concurs, reporting that "the new face does what every freshening hopes to accomplish—make the old car look seriously dated."
In general, reviewers cheers the interior. Autoblog appreciates "a simpler interface with less buttons than recent Saabs we remember." Inside, the Turbo X model gets carbon-fiber trim and a different steering-wheel design, and it comes in only Jet Black Metallic.