Sunday, May 2, 2010

2010 Saab 9-3 Convertible

2010 Saab 9-3 Convertible2010 Saab 9-3 Convertible

With so many entry-level luxury car choices from Germany, Japan and America, it's easy to overlook the Swedish Saab 9-3. But the truth is, the Saab 9-3 could be a great match for buyers looking for a spacious, safe and comfortable automobile with a proven safety record and a distinctly modern attitude.

Today's 9-3 lineup is the latest in Saab's long line of near-luxury cars dating back to the 1970s. Offered in a variety of body styles, with abundant cargo space and frugal yet powerful engines, it has always represented a competitively priced, character-laden alternative to the me-too near-luxury offerings from other manufacturers.

Though the unique and practical 9-3 hatchbacks were discontinued after the 2002 model year, the 9-3 family continues to be offered in multiple body styles: a four-door sedan, two-door convertible and four-door wagon, the latter called "SportCombi." All utilize small-displacement, turbocharged engines that extract big power while salvaging respectable fuel economy. Recent examples have been made available with V6s as a step up from one of Saab's traditionally lively four-cylinders. Furthermore, the Saab 9-3 tends to be priced aggressively, at least in sedan and wagon form. Convertible models have always been a bit less of a bargain.

All Aeros are powered by a 280-hp V-6, 2.0Ts can be optioned with AWD, the Aero V-6 XWD gains an electronically controlled limited-slip (eLSD), the Aero Sport Sedan and SportCombi get carbon-fiber interior trim. In addition, all 9-3s now have OnStar 8.0, which includes turn-by-turn nav.

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