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A much improved 9-3 in a category that demands excellence -- whether it's enough remains to be seen.
Sharp handling, frugal yet powerful engines, generous passenger room, class-leading trunk space, excellent audio systems.
Some turbo lag at lower speeds, not as vaultlike as some of its European competitors, front-wheel drive also a slight disadvantage.
Available 9-3 Sedan Models
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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.
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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