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2012 Saab 9-3
Aero
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$34,340
2021 BMW 3 Series
300e xDrive Hybrid Plug-in AWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$53,638
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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2012 Saab 9-3
Aero
No Expert Reviews
2021 BMW 3 Series
300e xDrive Hybrid Plug-in AWD
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User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2012 Saab 9-3
Aero
20
Big_Smoke writes:
Pretty similar to the Audi, but better handling, more pickup, and overall more comfortable
Power Ranked 2012 Audi A4 2.0T Premium Plus Sedan FWD worse.
"It felt like it had way more pickup"
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2012 Audi A4 2.0T Premium Plus Sedan FWD worse.
"The Trunk in the Saab is massive compared to the Audis"
2021 BMW 3 Series
300e xDrive Hybrid Plug-in AWD
No User Reviews

Specs

2012 Saab 9-3
Aero
2021 BMW 3 Series
300e xDrive Hybrid Plug-in AWD
Powertrain 8-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
AWD
Fuel Economy, City
19 MPG
20 MPG
64 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
29 MPG
33 MPG
71 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 16.4 gal 10.6 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Flex Fuel Vehicle
Flex Fuel Vehicle
Gasoline
Power
220 hp @ 5,300 RPM
220 hp @ 5,300 RPM
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Torque
258 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM
258 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM
--
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
9.5:1
9.5:1
10.2:1
Displacement
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.4 in x 3.4 in
3.4 in x 3.4 in
3.23 in x 3.72 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof Standard Standard
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard --
CD Changer Standard --
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard Standard
Passenger Power Seats Standard Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 4 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 42.3 in 42 in
Back Legroom 35.1 in 35.2 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 15 cu ft 13.2 cu ft
Maximum Payload -- 891 lbs
Maximum Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs --
Exterior
Length 182.9 in 185.7 in
Width 70.9 in 81.4 in
Height 57.1 in 56.9 in
Wheelbase 105.3 in 112.2 in

Available Options

2012 Saab 9-3
Aero

Exterior Colors

  • Arctic White
  • Black
  • Carbon Gray Metallic
  • Diamond Silver Metallic
  • Glacier Silver Metallic
  • Java Metallic
  • Jet Black Metallic
  • Laser Red
  • Nocturne Blue Metallic
  • Oak Metallic

Option Packages

  • Navigation Radio
  • Navigation W/Bose Audio
  • Premium PKG
2021 BMW 3 Series
300e xDrive Hybrid Plug-in AWD

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