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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.
Favorite Features

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 862 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

So far, so very good.

By on Saturday, March 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,000

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
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Very good price originally. Very reliable."

Cons: "Paint has chipped a bit on the front bumper."

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

"When I bought the car someone told me it would be good for at least 200,000 miles. Now I'm a bit over half-way there and I am believing it. I have no major and only a couple of minor problems. The clock and radio station indicator lights have died, but the radio and CD player still work. Original clutch and brakes are doing fine. Gas mileage averages over 30 miles to the gallon. Car is comfortable to drive and to ride in. Surprisingly large trunk. Backseats fold forward."

Best vehicle I've ever owned

By on Thursday, March 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Best buy for the money"

Cons: "None"

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

"I'm sad to have to trade this car in. Best purchase ever made. Great design with the reverse back doors. I could fit anything from a flight case for my keyboard to full size lumber from lowes while all the truck people watched with amazement. GM needs to design something like this again and get some decent color choices! My ion was electric lime- loved it!"

Best vehicle I have ever owned.

By on Friday, March 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,453

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: "Easy to maintain."

Cons: "Should get better gas mileage but thats o.k."

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

"I first leased this Saturn Ion II. I enjoyed it so much, I purchased it when the lease was up. I have maintained it myself since I purchased it. The only problem I have ever experienced was with the ignition switch. After replacing the ignition switch 8 years ago I haven't experienced any more problems. Several years back, the temperature light would keep coming on but the vehicle would never overheat. No leaks, and no loss of fluid what-so-ever. Found the overflow or reservoir temperature sending switch was bad. I just disconnected it, and that was 6 years ago."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

this has been a wonderful car

By on Friday, March 14, 2014

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

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "greet price, feels roomy, solid inside"

Cons: "no cd player"

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

"This has been a great car - comfortable, roomy, very reliable, great starter ... it's the first time we bought a used car and it has really been great! Saturn Ion 2004"

saturan ion

By on Thursday, March 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "good on Gas does not COST much to fill"

Cons: "its plastic"

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

"transmission don't shift right when it is very cold other then that car is very reliable. Has never failed to start the only thing I did not care for is the leg room of this car and three kid's in back is a squeeze but other than that the ion does good in snow I would say the car does very well for what it is. I know if you live in Michigan u have to wash the car at least once a week in the winter time to keep ice out of the cracks of the adjoined plastic."

good,dependable,inexpensive car for work,errands.

By on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "cheap to drive and insure."

Cons: "this car does not have cruise."

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

"If this car had cruise it would be an exceptional second car for an adult, or first car for a newer driver."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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