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2003 Saab 9-3

Midsize luxury car
2003 Saab 9-3 4-door sedan
2003 Saab 9-3 4-door sedan
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Roof strength
    A

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Model year Small overlap front Moderate overlap front Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention Headlights LATCH ease of use
Driver Passenger
2011
G
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
2002
A
Crash avoidance rating
2001
A
Crash avoidance rating
2000
A
Crash avoidance rating
1999
A
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2003-11 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Saab 9-3 was redesigned for the 2003 model year.

The frontal offset crash test ratings also apply to the station wagon version of the 9-3, known as the SportCombi, beginning with its introduction in the 2006 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The side curtain airbags deployed, as intended by Saab (even for frontal impacts). After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head brushed the side airbag and its fabric cover. The dummy continued to rebound into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2003 Saab 9-3 Linear 4-door
Weight 3,322 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 105 in.
Length 182 in.
Width 69 in.
Engine 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 22 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0306
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 6
Left (cm) 8
Center (cm) 14
Right (cm) 13
Brake pedal (cm) 8
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 3
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -1
Rearward (cm) -5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0306
Head
HIC-15 164
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 8
Maximum Nij 0.20
Chest maximum compression (mm) 37
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 2.0
Femur force - right (kN) 5.0
Knee displacement - left (mm) 2
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.29
Maximum tibia index - right 0.38
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 62
Right 65

Applies to 2003-11 models

Overall evaluation
A
Curb weight 3,344 lbs
Peak force 11,482 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 3.43
Tested vehicle
2011 Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights

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