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Rankings & Research

The 2009 Saab 9-3 Wagon ranking is based on its score within the 2009 Wagons category. Currently the Saab 9-3 Wagon has a score of 7.7 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 13 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.0
Reliability:
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2009 Saab 9-3 Wagon Review

With a small cargo area and cheap-looking interior, reviewers said there are better wagons to buy than the 2009 Saab 9-3 Wagon.   

Pros & Cons

  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Suspension handles well
  • Standard leather upholstery
  • Small cargo space behind back seat
  • Available navigation system is complicated
  • Interior plastic looks cheap

2009 Saab 9-3 Wagon Overview

The base 2009 Saab 9-3 Wagon and 9-3 SportCombi come with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, manual transmission and front-wheel drive. The highest Aero trim has a six-cylinder engine, an automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. In between the two trims there are three other trims with a mix of those powertrain options. The base model with the turbocharged four-cylinder and manual transmission gets 19/29 mpg, which is average for the class. The same engine with an automatic gets 19/27 mpg. Reviewers who drove the turbocharged four-cylinder engine said there is some lag from a stop, and that it was hard for some test drivers to get the standard manual transmission into gear. They said the 9-3 wagon handles well and that the suspension should be comfortable for any driver.

Though the interior of the Saab 9-3 has standard leather upholstery, reviewers said there is too much plastic in the rest of the vehicle, making it look cheap. Overall, reviewers said the seating is comfortable. However, they warned the legroom comfort in the back seat depends on how far the front seats are pushed back. The cargo space behind the second row is small for the class, with only 29.7 cubic feet of space. There are other wagons that can easily beat it with more cargo room. All five trims are fitted with heated mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, satellite radio, an auxiliary jack, Bluetooth and a premium audio system. Depending on the trim, 9-3 wagons can have heated front seats, a sunroof, a rear parking aid, an upgraded audio system with 10 speakers and a navigation system. Reviewers disliked the navigation system because of its small screen and confusing menus. 

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2009 Subaru Outback has standard all-wheel drive and much more cargo space than the Saab 9-3 Wagon. Like the 9-3 Wagon, the Outback has a number of available trims, and it has two available engines that can be mated with an automatic or manual transmission.

Reviewers liked the 2009 Volkswagen Passat Wagon’s interior, saying it is luxurious and roomy. The Passat Wagon has more cargo space behind the second row than the Outback and 9-3 Wagon. Plus, reviewers said it has rear seating that comfortably seats five.

Compare the 9-3 Wagon to the Outback and Passat Wagon »

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