The 2007 Saturn ION Quad Coupe is something of an in between. It sits in the middle of the back of the pack in its segment. It shows an improvement over past models that were plagued by a litany of annoying problems, quibbles, and odd features. Saturn redesigns the ION and puts a respectable amount of work into addressing past issues. But either the ION started too low on the Totem pole or it has too many inherent problems, as the ION is still hard to recommend given the quality of rivals.
Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
TransmissIONs: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Saturn ION Quad Coupe 2, Saturn ION Quad Coupe 3, Saturn ION Quad Coupe Red Line
For 2007, the Saturn ION Quad Coupe has an increased output on both the 2.2- and 2.4-liter engines by five horsepower. Like all GM products, the powertrain warranty coverage extends to five years/100,000 miles.
The 2007 Saturn ION Quad Coupe comes in three trim levels: ION 2, ION 3, and Red Line. The Quad Coupe features a pair of reverse-opening access doors that make loading passengers or cargo into the back seat much easier. The ION Quad Coupe 2 looks as basic as possible. The ION Quad Coupe 3 features 16-inch alloy wheels. The Enhanced Performance Package for the Quad Coupe 3 includes a more powerful engine, sport-tuned suspension, anti-lock brakes, and traction control.
The high-performance ION Red Line features 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/45ZR17 performance tires, a lowered sport-tuned suspension, and trim specific gear.
The ION 2 is bare-bones, including power locks, OnStar, and a CD player. The Preferred Package for the ION 2 adds power windows and mirrors, cruise control, height adjustment for the driver’s seat, and keyless entry. The ION 3 adds air-conditioning and an anti-theft system. The Red Line has leather sport seats and much of the ION 3's equipment.
Performance & Handling
The ION Quad Coupe 2 makes use of a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 145 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. The Enhanced Performance package on the ION 3 upgrades the engine to a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 175 horsepower and 164 lb-ft of torque. No matter the trim, a five-speed manual transmission comes standard and a four-speed automatic remains optional.
The ION Red Line coupe packs a supercharged two-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 205 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. A heavy-duty Getrag five-speed manual transmission with a short-throw shifter provides the only available gearbox and aims for pure performance. The Redline runs the zero to 60 mph sprint in 6.7 seconds.
All 2007 Saturn ION Quad Coupes offer solid performance for this class and do a fine job of handling traffic situations while offering bit of driving fun.
Handling is respectable and even somewhat sporty. Yet the ride feels surprisingly smooth and comfortable. The ION handles curves and twists well and gives a driving enthusiast some things to smile about, despite a bit of engine noise and a lack of refinement. Braking is impressive, stopping from 60 mph in just 121 feet. The ION grips the road well and while it doesn’t have the handling and performance of some of the more expensive in-class rivals, it does well for the price.
The OnStar communications system comes standard on all trims. Anti-lock brakes with traction control are optional on the ION 2 and 3 and standard on the Red Line. Full-length side-curtain airbags remain optional on all trims. In NHTSA testing, the 2007 Saturn ION Quad Coupe receives mixed ratings, ranging from five out of five stars to three out of five stars. The weakness seems to be side-impact situations, where the ION Quad Coupe gets low marks. IONs equipped with airbags still don’t remedy the problem. In IIHS testing, the end results look similar to NHTSA ratings, wildly varying between the lowest, “Poor,"" and the highest, “Good,"" and everything in between. Once again the weak spot is side impacts and the presence of airbags still doesn’t improve things. Drivers have trouble recommending the ION Quad Coupe in terms of safety, and if one does buy a Quad Coupe, do not take any risks pulling out in front of traffic.
EPA Fuel Economy
Saturn ION Quad Coupe 2: 23/32 mpg city/highway
Saturn ION Quad Coupe 3: 23/32 mpg city/highway
Saturn ION Quad Coupe Red Line: 20/28 mpg city/highway
- Innovative rear-access doors
- Performance of Red Line
- Low price
- Customer-focused dealers
- Trunk capacity
You Won't Like
- Rear legroom
- Center-mounted instrumentation
- Poor side-impact crash test results
- Low-grade interior materials
Still not running with the competition.
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