• (4.5) 51 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,162$9,234
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 23-26
  • Engine: 210-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/auto-manual
2006 Saab 9-3

Our Take on the 2006 Saab 9-3

The 2003 redesign of Saab's compact 9-3 transformed it into a premium sport sedan with a long wheelbase and a wide track, which promised improved handling. The 9-3 came in three trim levels. The base-model Linear featured a 175-horsepower, turbocharged inline-four-cylinder engine, while the ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Confusing radio controls
  • Snug backseat
  • Price
  • Slight turbo lag when Aero is pushed hard

Notable Features

  • Available 250-hp turbocharged V-6
  • Sedan, convertible and wagon body styles
  • Manual or automatic
  • FWD layout

2006 Saab 9-3 Reviews

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Safest car ever

by Saab enthusiast from on May 1, 2011

Safety, Safety, Safety!!! Was involved in an accident where the other driver (street racing at the time) struck my Saab at the right rear corner sending me across the intersection and into a brick wal... Read Full Review

6 Trim Levels Available

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2006 Saab 9-3 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Saab 9-3 2.0T

Head Restraints and Seats

IIHS Ratings

Based on Saab 9-3 2.0T

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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