2009 Saab 9-3 vs. Its Competition

2009 Saab 9-3 XWD

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.

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Quick Specs
7.6
Despite rather conservative styling, the 2009 Saab 9-3 is one of the boldest performers in its class.
8.4
The 2009 Audi A4 has grown into a more useful luxury sedan, though it goes overboard with optional, programmable handling.
7.4
The 2009 Subaru Legacy appeals to rugged, sporty, and practical types, but not those who expect top refinement.
8.6
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.
7.4
The 2008 Volvo S60 is a comfortable, safe all-weather sedan, but if you want top sport-sedan performance, you should look elsewhere.
MSRP From    
$30,360$30,700$20,795$32,700$30,975
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Turbocharged I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas I6Low-Pressure Turbo Gas I5
EPA Class    
CompactCompactCompactCompactCompact
Style Name    
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
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
ManualCVTManualManualAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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