If you want to drive a vehicle that moves you on an emotional as well as physical level, go to the nearest Saab dealership and take a test drive in the new 2008 9-3.
Do it now.
Why deprive yourself of great experience.
The more I drove this car, the more I absolutely fell in love with it.
Yes, I appreciate the new Aero X Concept-inspired exterior styling and the sleek interior cockpit.
And while I noticed ó and also appreciated ó the extra horsepower under the hood, Iím absolutely smitten with how well the new Saab 9-3 performs on the road.
Without question, this is one of those vehicles you look forward to driving. I take that back. Itís one of those vehicles that you look for reasons to go somewhere just for the chance to get behind the wheel.
Go drive one.
Today! They just started arriving in dealerships.
Available in sedan, convertible and SportCombi wagon body styles, the five-passenger, front-wheel drive 9-3 also provides buyers with their choice of two engines and three transmissions.
A 2.0-liter I-4 high output turbo (210 horsepower/221 lbs.-ft. torque) powers the 2.0T Sport Sedan, SportCombi and Convertible models and is mated to either a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. EPA fuel economy ratings are listed as 19 mpg city, 29 mpg highway with the manual transmission, 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway when equipped with automatic.
A 2.8-liter high output V-6 (255 horsepower/258 lbs.-ft. torque) powers the Aero Sport Sedan, Aero SportCombi and Aero Convertible mode and ls mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel economy ratings are listed as 16 mpg city, 26 mpg highway when equipped with manual transmission, 15 mpg city, 24 mpg highway when equipped with automatic.
Later in the model year, an XWD cross-wheel drive system will be available on 9-3 Aero models.
The pre-emptive, active on demand system is activated only when required to improve fuel efficiency and provide a rear-wheel drive feel. The system electronically engages the clutch before take-off, avoiding wheel spin and achieving immediate and maximum traction. No front wheel slip is required before the rear wheels are engaged.
For this review a 2008 Saab 9-3 Aero Sport Sedan was driven during a one-week test period.
For me, the week passed much too quickly.
While every week I recommend vehicles to add to the list for consideration for those in the market for that particular type of car, crossover, SUV or truck, the 2008 Saab 9-3 is a vehicle I strongly urge everyone to visit the nearest Saab dealership and take a test drive.
We can talk about the bi-xenon cornering headlights, Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound audio system, its passive rear-wheel steer suspension and advanced electronic stability program later.
Youíll thank me next week.
The new Saab 9-3 has a base price starting at $28,385 for sedan models, $29,630 for SportCombi and $39,710 for convertible models.
Neal White has been covering the automotive industry for more than 15 years and is affiliated with the Texas Auto Writers Association and the Midwest Automotive Media Association. Comments may be sent to Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org.