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Saab 9-3 Sedan
2012 Saab 9-3 Sedan
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Overview

Engine
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Engine
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Engine
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Transmission
8-Speed Automatic
Transmission
8-Speed Automatic
Transmission
N/A
Drivetrain
Rear-Wheel Drive
Drivetrain
Rear-Wheel Drive
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Fuel Economy
City: 21 MPG
Hwy: 31 MPG
Fuel Economy
City: 21 MPG
Hwy: 31 MPG
Fuel Economy
City: 20 MPG
Hwy: 33 MPG
Fuel Tank Capacity
17.4 gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity
17.4 gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity
16 gallons
Seating Capacity
5 seater
Seating Capacity
4 seater
Seating Capacity
4 seater
Trunk Volume
10.8 ft³
Trunk Volume
10.4 ft³
Trunk Volume
15 ft³

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Performance Specs

Engine and Transmission

Engine
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Horsepower
241 hp @ 5200 rpm
241 hp @ 5200 rpm
220 hp @ 5300 rpm
Torque
258 lb-ft @ 1650 rpm
258 lb-ft @ 1650 rpm
258 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
Transmission
8-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
N/A
Drivetrain
Rear-Wheel Drive
Rear-Wheel Drive
Front-Wheel Drive

Weight and Towing

Curb Weight
3,715 lbs
3,737 lbs
3,710 lbs

Fuel and MPG

Fuel Economy

Combined
25 MPG
25 MPG
25 MPG
City
21 MPG
21 MPG
20 MPG
Highway
31 MPG
31 MPG
33 MPG

Emissions

CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.1 Tons/yr
7.1 Tons/yr
7.3 Tons/yr

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity
17.4 gallons
17.4 gallons
16 gallons
Cruising Range City
365.4 miles
365.4 miles
320 miles
Cruising Range Highway
539.4 miles
539.4 miles
528 miles

Dimensions and Measurement

Exterior Dimensions

Length
185.4 in
185 in
182.9 in
Height
56.5 in
54.9 in
57.1 in
Max Width
72.4 in
72.4 in
70.9 in
Front Width
62.2 in
62.2 in
60 in
Rear Width
62 in
63 in
59.3 in
Wheelbase
110.2 in
107.5 in
105.3 in
Ground Clearance
5.5 in
5.3 in
N/A

Interior Space

Seating Capacity
5 seater
4 seater
4 seater
Front Seat Leg Room
44.8 in
45.4 in
42.3 in
Front Seat Headroom
38.2 in
39 in
38.9 in
Front Seat Shoulder Room
55.9 in
54.7 in
55.1 in
Front Seat Hip Room
54.3 in
53.9 in
N/A
Rear Seat Leg Room
32.2 in
27.3 in
35.1 in
Rear Seat Headroom
36.9 in
34.8 in
37 in
Rear Seat Shoulder Room
53.4 in
50.8 in
55.1 in
Rear Seat Hip Room
54 in
44.9 in
N/A

Cargo Space

Trunk Volume
10.8 ft³
10.4 ft³
15 ft³

Wheels and Suspension

Steering

Steering Type
Rack-Pinion
Rack-Pinion
Pwr Rack & Pinion
Turning Diameter
34.2 ft
34.2 ft
N/A

Wheels

Wheels Type
Aluminum Wheels
Aluminum Wheels
N/A
Front Wheel Size
18" x 8.5"
18" x 8"
17" x 7.5"
Rear Wheel Size
18" x 8.5"
18" x 8"
17" x 7.5"

Suspension

Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Double Wishbone
MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension
Multi-Link
Multi-Link
Independent

Tires

Front Tire
P235/45VR18
P235/45VR18
N/A
Rear Tire
P235/45VR18
P235/45VR18
N/A
Spare Tire
Compact
Compact
N/A

Colors and Materials

Standard Exterior Colors

  • Atomic Silver
  • Caviar
  • Cloudburst Gray
  • Eminent White Pearl
  • Grecian Water
  • Iridium
  • Matador Red Mica
  • Atomic Silver
  • Caviar
  • Eminent White Pearl
  • Grecian Water
  • Infrared
  • Obsidian
N/A

Standard Interior Materials

  • Black, NuLuxe Seat Trim
  • Glazed Caramel, NuLuxe Seat Trim
  • Rioja Red, NuLuxe Seat Trim
  • Black, NuLuxe Seat Trim
  • Flaxen, NuLuxe Seat Trim
  • Glazed Caramel, NuLuxe Seat Trim
  • Black, Leather-appointed seat trim
  • Parchment, Leather-appointed seat trim

Features and Options

Infotainment

HD Radio
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Bluetooth Connection
Not Available
Standard
Optional
Premium Sound System
Standard
Optional
Optional
Satellite Radio
Standard
Standard
Standard
Smart Device Integration
Standard
Optional
Not Available
WiFi Hotspot
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Auxiliary Audio Input
Not Available
Standard
Standard
MP3 Player
Standard
Standard
Standard

Interior Trim

Bucket Seats
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Cloth Seats
Standard
Standard
Standard
Leather Seats
Standard
Standard
Standard
Leather Steering Wheel
Standard
Standard
Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats
Standard
Standard
Standard
Vinyl Seats
Standard
Standard
Standard
Woodgrain Interior Trim
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Sun/Moonroof
Optional
Optional
Optional

Comfort

Navigation System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Steering Wheel Audio Controls
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Power Mirror(s)
Standard
Standard
Standard
A/C
Standard
Standard
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Automatic Parking
Optional
Not Available
Not Available
Climate Control
Standard
Standard
Standard
Cooled Front Seat(s)
Optional
Optional
Not Available
Cruise Control
Standard
Standard
Standard
Heated Front Seat(s)
Optional
Optional
Standard
Heated Steering Wheel
Optional
Optional
Not Available
Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard
Standard
Multi-Zone A/C
Standard
Standard
Standard
Power Driver Seat
Standard
Standard
Standard
Power Passenger Seat
Standard
Standard
Optional
Remote Engine Start
Standard
Standard
Standard
Seat Memory
Not Available
Optional
Optional
Universal Garage Door Opener
Standard
Standard
Optional
Keyless Start
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Navigation from Telematics
Not Available
Not Available
Optional
Telematics
Standard
Standard
Optional

Safety

Safety Features

Back-Up Camera
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Cross-Traffic Alert
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Rear Parking Aid
Not Available
Optional
Optional
Blind Spot Monitor
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Lane Departure Warning
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Lane Keeping Assist
Standard
Standard
Not Available
ABS
Standard
Standard
Standard
Tire Pressure Monitor
Standard
Standard
Standard
Brake Assist
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Stability Control
Standard
Standard
Standard
Traction Control
Standard
Standard
Standard

US NHTSA crash test result

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
N/A
N/A
Rollover Rating
N/A

Airbags

Driver Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Front Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Front Side Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Knee Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Passenger Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Rear Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Rear Side Air Bag
Standard
Not Available
Not Available

Warranty

Warranty Summary

Basic
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
N/A
Corrosion
6 Years / Unlimited Miles
6 Years / Unlimited Miles
N/A
Drivetrain
6 Years / 70,000 Miles
6 Years / 70,000 Miles
N/A
Maintenance
1 Years / 10,000 Miles
1 Years / 10,000 Miles
N/A
Roadside Assistance
4 Years / Unlimited Miles
4 Years / Unlimited Miles
N/A
Warranty Note
N/A
N/A
Saab Cars North America suspended warranties on all models on December 19, 2011.
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