(4.4) 44 reviews
MSRP: $1,770$8,958
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

Our Take

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


Our Expert 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 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


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.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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