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2005 Saturn ION

  • 2005 Saturn ION 1 Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/145
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $12,410
  • 2005 Saturn ION 2 Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/145
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,280
  • 2005 Saturn ION 3 Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/145
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,805
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2005 Saturn ION Review

A practical vehicle that takes passenger safety seriously.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2005 Saturn ION includes significant enhancements to make it a better vehicle. Alongside its performance, it offers style and an aerodynamic body shape with an attractive interior finish. The safety and suspension system also boast upgrades as does the overall outward presentation. Though it offers notable competition, the ION remains a simple car that offers minimal convenience and comfort features.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe, sedan
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Saturn ION

What's New

The transmission options for the 2005 Saturn ION include either a five-speed automatic or a five-speed manual. It sells as a coupe or sedan with front drive.

Exterior

The 2005 Saturn ION includes a defogger on the rear window and intermittent wipers in the front. Its dimensions include a 103.2-inch wheelbase riding on 14-inch steel wheels fitted on all-season tires. The exterior measures 67.2 inches wide, 57.4 inches tall, and 184.5 inches long.

Interior

The interior of both trims of the 2005 Saturn ION comes with cloth-covered bucket seats in the front with 40 inches of headroom, 42.2 inches of legroom, and 53.7 inches of shoulder room. Meanwhile, the rear offers 37 inches of headroom, 33.3 inches of legroom, and 52.8 inches of shoulder room, fitted with a split-folding seat. It offers 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space for both trims. The storage spaces in the front include cup holders, pockets in the front and the rear doors, and pockets in the front seatbacks. Convenience features include a remote trunk release, light in the trunk, and front vanity mirrors. Speed-proportional power steering and a tilt-adjustable steering wheel come standard. The dashboard includes an AM/FM radio with four stereo speakers, and the driver gets various safety indicators including low tire pressure and low fuel level warnings, among others.

Performance & Handling

The front-drive 2005 ION uses a five-speed manual transmission and a 2.2-liter four-cylinder, spewing 140 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. The suspension system includes a MacPherson strut suspension, a torsion beam in the rear, and an independent suspension in the front. The front wheels of the 2005 Saturn ION come fitted with ventilated disc brakes, and the rear wheels use drum brakes.

Safety

The 2005 Saturn ION includes basic safety features such as height-adjustable headrests for all of the seats to protect passengers from whiplash, and rear-seat safety anchors for a child’s seat. The rear doors come fitted with child safety locks to ensure that a child does not open the door while in motion. For enhanced safety while driving, the ION includes electronic brake force distribution, daytime running lights, and an engine immobilizer. Additional safety features include the interior trunk release lever that enables the user to open the trunk if locked inside.

EPA Fuel Economy

Saturn ION: 24/32 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Comfortable suspension
  • Roomy trunk

You Won't Like

  • Manual transmission
  • Limited comfort and convenience features

Sum Up

A practical vehicle that takes passenger safety seriously.

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