2006 Saturn ION

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2006 Saturn ION Review

Made for young professionals with style and attitude at a low price.

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This car has a sleek look that was supposed to hook the young professional crowd, but it falls flat in terms of performance even with the 2.2-liter engine that produces decent torque and horsepower. The interior looks boring to the eyes based on customer reviews. The 2006 Saturn ION also doesn’t have a lot of legroom, but the trunk space is adequate for loading larger items. Some consumers had trouble with their ignition cylinders while others struggled to get replaceable parts. This car also suffers from excessive noise.

Furthermore, some consumers experienced trouble with the compressor and others said it can be expensive to repair but overall they were satisfied. Another consistent problem with the Saturn ION was the ignition. The key kept getting stuck in the ignition for no reason. However, the acceleration works excellently, and there aren’t many problems with getting the car to park. Another issue with the 2006 Saturn ION is that the interior features such as carpeting and seats appear to be made of low-quality materials and gives off a cheap look. The 2006 Saturn ION isn’t the best midsize car for these reasons. Even with some of its redeeming qualities, too many features work improperly, and it’s a lot of trouble to repair.

The Range

Body Styles: four-door sedan, four-door coupe
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Saturn ION 2, Saturn ION 3

What's New

The original Saturn ION 1 was dropped for the 2006 model line-up, but a new and option Enhanced Performance package was added. This includes a 2.4-liter, four cylinder engine with anti-lock brakes and a sport-tuned suspension.


The 2006 Saturn ION has 15-inch steel wheels and a defogger. The measurements are 67.2 inches in width, 57.4 inches in height, and 185 inches in length. The wheelbase is 103.5, and the curb weight is 2752 pounds. The red color of the car’s body adds a sporty and sleek look to the car, and it gives a slight air of luxury to this car. The steel wheels also look fantastic, and the tires don’t give out quickly. The rear windows give good visibility, and the trunk space has just enough space for packages. The exterior is a nice size overall and great for small or medium-sized families.


The ION's front head room is 38.9, and front hip room is 49.5 inches. The front leg room is 42.2 inches, while the front shoulder room is 54 inches. The rear hip room is 48.3 inches, and the rear head room is 36.5. The rear leg room is 32.7, and rear shoulder room is 51 inches. The speedometer and dashboard tend to turn on and off, and this was a complaint among a few consumers.

Performance & Handling

Some drivers disclosed in getting numerous repairs, and the power steering sometimes doesn’t work. In addition, the AC compressor often gives out, and several consumers didn’t like how their car doors were not strong enough to keep water out during hard rains. The 2006 Saturn ION has good mileage for its price but has poor transmission and engine performance. Other consumers noticed a failure in their power windows while some were not happy with the sound system. At times the car leaks excessive amounts of gas and some consumers mentioned that the dashboard lights don’t work correctly. The power steering wheel works well in general but drivers may experience some minor issues. The transmission also fails repeatedly and was a pain for several consumers.


The safety features with the Saturn ION include child safety locks, headrests, pretensioners, airbags, and trunk release. This car received decent but not excellent crash test ratings from consumer agencies. Based on customer reviews, the safety features operate efficiently, especially the pretensioners and trunk release.

EPA Fuel Economy

Saturn ION: 23/32 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Nice exterior and interior
  • Reasonable price
  • Comfortable ride

You Won't Like

  • Poor transmission and engine performance
  • Problems with power windows
  • Audio player
  • Problems with AC compressor
  • Gas leakage from car
  • Issues with dashboard lights
  • Inadequate safety features

Sum Up

Made for young professionals with style and attitude at a low price.

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