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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 881 Ratings for the 2003 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    7.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.3/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    7.8/10
    Styling
    8.1/10

Very reliable, and easy to drive, great gas milage

By on Saturday, August 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great gas millage, reliable, GREAT cabin airfilter"

Cons: "repairs needed were covered by recall"

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

"This car is one of the best cars I have owned. It is too bad that GM decided to discontinue the Saturn line. This car has been very reliable, with very little repairs needed. I love the OnStar. This is a great car for anyone, who doesn't want to worry about unexpected repairs, and OnStar is always there to help if emergency help is needed. The gas millage is great. In short, "I love my Saturn"."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

good running car,sporty red color

By on Sunday, August 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"This car does have back doors that only can be opened by a lever in the inside of the rear doors. Back seats fold down for additional hauling space."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

very good vehicle

By on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "very dependable; excellent gas mileage;"

Cons: "care in snow"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Bought new. Minimal problems over the life of the vehicle. Excellent gas mileage. Car has been in a variety of environs. Challenge to operate in winter in snowy mountainous areas. Otherwise very good handling."

No Problems So Far

By on Monday, July 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is the second Saturn I have driven. It handles great, has a sleek look, and is everything I wanted in it. I have not had to do anything to the car other than its regular oil and tire changes. I know some people talk badly about Saturn but they have run great for me so far."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

NEVER HAD AN MAJOR PROBLEMS WITH THIS CAR EVER.

By on Monday, July 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "NICE CAR NEVER WNTED TO HAVE TO SELL IT"

Cons: "WOUD NEVER SELL TO FRIEND JUST BECAUSE"

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

"I HaVE TO SELL THIS CAR BCAUSE MY HUSBAND PASSED AWAY AND HE HAD A NEWER CAR WITH LESS MILEAGE THAT I WILL KEEP. OTHERWISE I WOULD KEEP THIS SATURN UNTIL I COULDNT DRIVE IT ANY MORE incidentally THIS IS A 2 DOOR WITH THE 2 HIDDEN BACK DOORS"

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Perfect High School car

By on Wednesday, July 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, sleek, head-turner, fast,"

Cons: "fwd,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"This was my car for junior and senior year of high school. AWESOME CAR. everyone loved it and thought it was more expensive then it looked. sounds great when you drive, its alright in the snow. but good for sliding around in a parking lot cause of its long stance. ;) the clutch is as smooth as a honda civics'. great car overall."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

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