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2007 Saturn Ion

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2007 Saturn Ion Review

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As fuel costs show no sign of dropping, the small car is once again in vogue, making Saturn the darling of GM. With its Ion coupe and sedan, Saturn offers buyers a genuine alternative to the popular Japanese and Korean makes, and a customer service model that focuses on total satisfaction from purchase to trade-in. Though the Ion is not yet the equal of such vehicles as the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, it is a worthy compact offering excellent fuel economy, an agreeable price tag and a number of innovative options, including the high-performance Red Line package.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you desire a fuel-efficient commuter car with a bit of an edge, the Ion's handsome new grille, trendy center-mounted instrument pod and innovative "four-door coupe" design may appeal to you.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If interior design is important to you, the Ion's interior, though improved, still feels somewhat Spartan when compared to its competition. Also, the Ion's resale value can't match the numbers set by the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.

What's Significant About This Car?

The standard 2.2-liter ECOTEC engine gets a slight bump in horsepower to 145, while the optional 2.4-liter ups the ante to 175 horsepower.

Driving the Ion

Driving Impressions Considering its size, the ECOTEC 2.2-liter engine delivers outstanding performance in both acceleration and fuel consumption. Though we prefer the slick-shifting five-speed manual, the Ion's four-speed automatic transmission does a...

nice job changing gears. The 2.2-liter has terrific low-end torque, is quick off the line and always has an ample reserve of power for passing and climbing. The Ion coupe feels much more confident on the road than last year's car. This is due to Saturn's recent readjustment of the Ion's electric power steering, which was intended to give better on-center feel at high speeds. The all-season tires are not exactly performance oriented, so you'll still get a good deal of tire squeal under aggressive driving.

Flat-Folding Front Seat
The Ion's clever flat-folding front seat can be used as a work table or to increase cargo space.

Quad Coupe's Rear Doors
The Quad Coupe's rear doors are quite large, providing the type of access previously available only to sedan owners.

2007 Saturn Ion Details
Interior

The Ion bucks the traditional instrument panel design by having the instrument cluster in the center top of the dash—some people may find this awkward. The Ion's seats are wide and flat, which may not be to the liking of those accustomed to well-bolstered sport seats. Improvements made to last year's interior carry over for 2007, including higher quality plastics, optional leather seating and an array of audio options, including CD/MP3 compatibility and a standard audio input jack for use with an external MP3 player.

Exterior
2007 Saturn Ion photo

The Ion's geometric body sculpting stands out in the small car world, while its dent-resistant plastic body panels help it maintain its factory-fresh look. Sedan models are not as visually exciting as the coupes, but their fully-independent rear doors make it much easier to get in and out of the rear seat. The coupes feature a novel rear-half door that can be opened only after the front doors are opened and swung wide.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

As standard equipment, the Ion 2 has a 145-horsepower 2.2-liter engine, five-speed manual transmission, power locks, front cup holders, rear defroster, illuminated entry, dual manual remote control mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD, split-folding rear seat, OnStar, tilt wheel and 15-inch tires with full wheel covers. The Ion 3 adds air conditioning, rear cup holders, CD/MP3 player, automatic headlamp control, cruise control, power mirrors, power windows, remote keyless entry and alloy wheels.

Optional Equipment

Options include the Enhanced Performance Package, and the Sun and Sound package that adds a sunroof and XM Satellite Radio. Stand-alone options include a four-speed automatic transmission, 175-horsepower 2.4-liter engine, leather seats, head-curtain airbags and a power sunroof. The Red Line package adds a 200-horsepower supercharged engine, sport suspension, sport seats and 17-inch wheels. Available as optional on the Ion 2 are cruise control, power windows, upgraded audio and power mirrors.

Under the Hood

The Ion's 2.2-liter in-line four is plenty peppy for most needs. The optional 2.4-liter should go a long way with the tuner crowd on a budget. For those who can afford a price tag above $20,000, the Ion Red Line Quad Coupe is the best performer in the bunch.

2.2-liter in-line 4
145 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
150 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/35 (manual), 24/32 (automatic)

2.4-liter in-line 4
175 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
164 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/34 (manual), 24/32 (automatic)

2.0-liter in-line 4 Supercharged
205 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
200 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30

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2007 Saturn Ion Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 896 Ratings for the 2003 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    7.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.3/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    7.8/10
    Styling
    8.1/10

Economical fun to drive

By on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Economical fun to drive relatively reliable"

Cons: "Sometimes hard to shift"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Bought this with 35,000 miles now have 90,000 miles have had to change the tires and bushings in the front suspension ($300)Also had the recalls done for the ignition and gas tank. Not a luxury car but it is fun to drive with the 5 speed manual and i get 40 mpg on the highway"

I love my car/go-kart

By on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Good mpg, fun to drive, practical"

Cons: "Small, no jack to play my mp3 player through"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I purchased my Saturn Ion Quad Coupe brand new with 12 miles on it in June 2004. It has been my daily driver most days since then. That is when gas was headed for $2/gallon and we were all going to die. Because of the 4-door configuration on the coupe and the fold-down rear seats, it is easy to get huge things in and out. I have put in 10' long vinyl siding corners one day, and a Lazy Boy Recliner a different. The furniture store kids thought I was nuts, but it was easy (the chair back unclips on that brand). Doors, windows, and trunk closed every time. Can even haul a few rigid things 9' long. Of course, that's when it's a 1-seater. The go-kart feel is fun to drive and I like where everything is positioned. I'm going to miss this car when it's time comes. I plan to get to 250,000 miles some day. It gets a consistent 30 mpg in the Summer Ethanol, and 28 mpg in the Winter (10% Ethanol, 90% gasoline). One trip when it was much newer, I got 36 mpg on a trip across South Dakota. I recommend this car, but get your own. I'm keeping this one."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

I beat on this car and it takes it !!!

By on Saturday, January 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 146,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "It gets up and goes !"

Cons: "I drive 45 miles each way to work and I'm 6' tall."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I beat on this little car and it takes it ! I drive 45 miles each way to and from work on the Jersey turnpike . When I want to go it goes ! I'm 6' so it does get a little uncomfortable. Over all I really like this little car !"

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

first vehicle owned

By on Sunday, November 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,500

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun drive, light/speedy, sporty, great gas mileage"

Cons: "not good in winter, too light, expensive tranny"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

After we bought it!

"Loved driving this car the past few years. It is sporty looking, has unique doors, great color, super quick and a nice interior. However, living in Montana this car is impractical. It doesn't do well on ice and snow because it is so light. During the summer months it was a great fast little car with fantastic gas mileage. Only issue would be that this particular model has a very expensive transmission so replacing it isn't worth it."

14 people out of 23 found this review helpful

After we bought it!

It'll drain your bank account!!

By on Thursday, November 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Nice stereo system, comfortable to drive"

Cons: "Too many repairs needed (exclud. reg. maintenance)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I fell in love with this car when I seen it. After a few months, came the problems. After a few years, came the recalls. Besides ALL of the REACALLS, it was just a complete nightmare owning the Saturn Ion. Even with regular maintenance, there was always something going on under the hood. I spent at least, 6 grand in repairs, just to keep this car in running condition. So ridiculous! Worst car I've ever had!! Wish I would've done my research on this car before buying it from a lot."

9 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Bought the car new, most reliable car I owned!

By on Sunday, November 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Very trouble free"

Cons: "Seats too shallow"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Purchased new, only issue was ignition switch, no other issues. Car has 180,000 miles now, and still drives flawless, only wish the seats were more comfortable. Car stills looks new!!!"

13 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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