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2003 Saab 9-3 REVIEW

Edmunds.com logo Edmunds.com 4/5/2017

Con: Some turbo lag at lower speeds, not as vaultlike as some of its European competitors, front-wheel drive also a slight disadvantage.

Pro: Sharp handling, frugal yet powerful engines, generous passenger room, class-leading trunk space, excellent audio systems.

Edmunds Say: A much improved 9-3 in a category that demands excellence -- whether it's enough remains to be seen.

What’s New: The 2003 9-3 is an all-new design from top to bottom. It rides on a new platform, has new engines and an interior that's considerably more modern than the previous version.

Review: This fully redesigned version of Saab's entry-level sedan marks the first use of GM's Epsilon global vehicle platform in North America. This means front-wheel drive and a stiffer chassis, but unfortunately it's expected to be coupled to a shape that lacks the eccentricity of Saab designs of the past.

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