"Even though my Saturn is over 14 years old, I still get great gas mileage on the highway (32 average, but sometimes 38mpg). I rated the interior/exterior a 7, because the door molding started to pull away at age 10 and I started noticing small tears in the ceiling fabric. The car is very reliable and has only need minor repairs (it really helps to keep the preventative maintenance up)."
Cons: "Its manual. not everyone drives stick shift"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Great car for a starter or student or someone trying to save money to buy a new car just as i did. This car will give you 30Mpg assured. its a 4cylinder and $30 will fill the tank. Its very reliable and had been regularly manitain (oil change etc) hv all my gas reciepts incase you want to verify the mileage and most of the oil changed and maintenance receipts as well.
GREAT CAR FOR THE RIGHT PERSON....."
"bought this car new for 10,000 in may of 2002 and have driven it for 173,000 miles and the only mechanical problems have been replace brake master cylinder and slave and install a new clutch kit at 173 000 miles..of course, tires, brakes, and oil changes every 3000 miles. It does not burn any oil and starts within 1 second when i turn the key..most economical and worry free car i have ever owned and at age 76 i have owned a lot of them"
"Saturn SL is an excellent value for the money. This car consistently gets 30+ miles to the gallon in the city and at least 43 on the highway using the air conditioner and traveling in the mountains. It averages 46-48 miles per gallon on long highway trips through the mountains. Being a manual transmission allows for down shifting and good speeds up steep grades - even with the 4 cylinder engine."