2011 Saab 9-3 Performance
The road tests for the 2011 Saab 9-3 includes a total evaluation of the 2011 Saab 9-3 and all of its features. Not only are the engine and handling performance for the 2011 Saab 9-3 tested, but also interior cabin and cargo space for comfort while driving and riding. The 9-3 is quick, but seems to suffer a bit from turbo lag. Passing abilities are impressive however. The 2.0T convertible with an automatic transmission did 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds. In Consumer Guide tests, a 2.0T sedan with the automatic transmission averaged 23.3 miles per gallon while the 2.0T convertible averaged 24.0. It is recommended by the manufacturer that 90 octane gas be run in all of these vehicles.
Thel 9-3s seem firm and controlled and handle well over bumps. The convertible's structure is rigid however, with very little of the typical body flex usually found in four passenger convertibles of this type. The steering is good, having good balance and grip in turns. The 9-3 has more tire noise than many in its class and although the engine is always heard, it never sounds unrefined. All 9-3s have their ignition switch on the center console as is a Saab tradition. The available navigation system absorbs audio controls, making things a bit more difficult than they need to be. Interior materials are carefully assembled with care, but the overall feel is more sporty than luxurious as one would expect in a Saab.
While the seating is very comfortable and supportive, taller drivers will likely want more tilt to the steering and would be more comfortable with more seat travel. The sedan has thick roof supports which provide a higher safety rating but cause more problems with visibility while the convertible top creates large blind spots when raised.