2004 Saturn ION Quad Coupe

  • 2004 Saturn ION Quad Coupe 2 Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      35
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/145
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $14,850
  • 2004 Saturn ION Quad Coupe 3 Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      35
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/145
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,350
  • 2004 Saturn ION Quad Coupe Red Line Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      205/200
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $20,385
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2004 Saturn ION Quad Coupe Review

Lightweight and quick, with fuel efficiency.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2004 Saturn ION Quad Coupe serves as an interesting coupe versION of the Saturn ION. While it uses the coupe name, this vehicle actually has four doors, two in the front and two rear-opening doors. The rear-opening doors look similar to those of an extended cab pickup truck. The ION Quad Coupe comes in two trim styles with a number of different customizatION optIONs for each trim. It contains the same 2.2-liter, four-cylinder available in all Saturn IONs and Saturn ION Coupes.

Every versION of the ION Quad Coupe offers the same exceptIONal fuel economy. As for the customizatIONs and how they affect fuel economy, it only gets better with the 2004 Saturn ION Quad Coupe. This car uses either a five-speed manual, automatic, or continuously variable transmissION (CVT). The CVT proves the best for maintaining the high fuel efficiency.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder
TransmissIONs: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic, CVT
Models: Saturn ION Quad Coupe 2, Saturn ION Quad Coupe 3

What's New

Saturn includes a few new features for the 2004 ION Quad Coup. The radio improves to offer MP3 and satellite radio compatibility. Both the CVT and five-speed automatic transmissIONs get redesigned for better gear selectION and a more efficient response. Saturn also improves the materials in the cabin to decrease unwanted noise.

Exterior

The ION Quad Coupe feature a basic style coupled with a few qualities that differentiate its exterior from that of other basic coupes. The most obvious design feature strikes the buyer when he sees all four doors open, with the rear doors opening like suicide doors. Rear-opening doors mark an uncommon feature on modern cars. Other exterior features include a roof rack, steel 15-inch wheels, full wheel covers, and measurements of 185 inches by 67.9 inches by 56 inches. The 2004 Saturn ION Quad Couple also comes equipped with daytime running lights, power door locks, intermittent wipers, and a rear defogger.

Interior

When it comes to the drawbacks of this coupe, the interior space definitely remains the most notable problem. Specifically, it lacks legroom in both the front, where it totals 42.2 inches, and the rear, with a measly 32.7 inches. While the space inside seems lacking, some features may help give the passengers a more comfortable ride despite the constraints. Some of the available features include: front 12-volt power outlets, retained accessory power capability, and a cabin air filtratION system that keeps the air fresh throughout the ride The 2004 Saturn ION Quad Coupe features two bucket seats in the front and a bench seat divided by a center console in the rear.

Performance & Handling

The 2004 Saturn ION Quad Coupe performs in the normal spectrum for any car with a four-cylinder engine. Putting out 140 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque, this coupe moves comparatively slow when contrasted against newer cars. With the 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine and the lightweight body of the car, this coupe gets going rather quickly.

The handling of the coupe comes up short in a number of areas, most notably the braking system. While the system seems perfectly safe for anyone looking to drive the car at the speed limit, it is not safe to run it at its maximum speed because there may be some fade-out with the rear drum brakes.

Safety

When it comes to safety features for this vehicle, the car is a gamble when it comes to protecting its passengers in the event of a wreck. While the car received poor ratings for its crash safety test ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), it does contain some safety optIONs which will assist in a wreck. The most mentIONable of the features include three-point seat belts, front seat belt pre-tensIONers, and child seat anchors.

EPA Fuel Economy

Saturn ION Quad Coupe: 23/31 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Fuel efficient
  • Quick

You Won't Like

  • Braking system
  • Lack of safety features

Sum Up

Lightweight and quick, with fuel efficiency.

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