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2008 Saab 9-3 SportCombi

At a Glance

Pricing $29,250 - $43,915
Drive Types FWD, AWD
Engines 2.0l I4, 2.8l V6
Transmissions A5, A6, M6
Fuel Economy 15-19 (city), 24-29 (highway)

The 9-3 SportCombi looks much nicer than its name suggests. In fact, the little 9-3 wagon is one of the best looking compact wagons on the market. A choice of two turbocharged powerplants is available: a 210-bhp 2.0L I-4, or a 250-bhp 2.8L V-6. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic (2.0T SportCombi), or 6-speed automatic (Aero SportCombi). Value-conscious customers will prefer the base 2.0T SportCombi due to its significantly lower price. The 9-3 Aero SportCombi does have a more powerful V-6, sport-tuned suspension, and 17-inch alloy wheels, but at a significant price premium.

What Changed:

The 9-3 receives numerous styling changes for 2008 featuring all-new front-end styling. A new AWD Aero model has been announced for the sedan and wagon variants. A limited-edition Turbo X model features a turbocharged 6-cylinder and all-wheel-drive.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
9-3 SportCombi 2.0T 2.0l I4 (210-bhp) M6 FWD 19/29/24 $29,250
9-3 SportCombi 2.0T 2.0l I4 (210-bhp) A5 FWD 18/24/21 $30,600
9-3 SportCombi Aero 2.8l V6 (255-bhp) M6 FWD 16/26/20 $36,250
9-3 SportCombi Aero 2.8l V6 (255-bhp) A6 FWD 15/24/19 $37,600
9-3 SportCombi Aero 2.8l V6 (255-bhp) M6 AWD 16/24/20 $38,895
9-3 SportCombi Aero 2.8l V6 (255-bhp) A6 AWD 15/24/19 $40,245
9-3 SportCombi Turbo X 2.8l V6 (280-bhp) M6 AWD 16/24/20 $42,565
9-3 SportCombi Turbo X 2.8l V6 (280-bhp) A6 AWD 15/24/19 $43,915