Best Bet
(4.7) 35 reviews
MSRP: $3,052$13,096
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 20-24
Engine: 210-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/auto-manual
2008 Saab 9-3

Our Take on the 2008 Saab 9-3

Our Take

Saab's 9-3 sedan gets a redesigned exterior for 2008, and it will gain all-wheel drive later in the model year. It's positioned as Saab's entry-level sedan, and it competes with the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Volvo S60. The 9-3 is available as a convertible, SportCombi (read, wagon)... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • Available 255-hp turbocharged V-6
  • Sedan, convertible and wagon body styles
  • Redesigned exterior
  • New exterior colors

8 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.