The 2001 Saturn L Series is available as both a sedan and a wagon and in a number of different trim levels, including the base model L100, midlevel L200, and line-topping L300. Wagons are available in either the well-equipped LW200 or LW300 trim levels.
The 2001 Saturn L Series is a competent option for either a sedan or a wagon. It’s spacious, comfortable, and provides handling that’s slightly above average. It also features dent- and rust- resistant body panels, which further sets it apart from competing models.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 2.2-liter DOHC four-cylinder; 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Saturn L100, Saturn L200, Saturn L300, Saturn LW200, Saturn LW300
Since the L Series roster was introduced in 2000, the 2001 line does not feature very many changes. One noticeable difference is that Saturn now offers front and rear head curtain airbags across the line. Sedan models are also now equipped with three-point seatbelts for the rear center seats, as well as emergency trunk handle releases. Saturn discontinued the colors Bright White Silver, Silver Plum, and Blackberry while a slate of new color choices has been introduced, including Cream White, Bright Silver, Silver Blue, and Straight Shade Black.
The 2001 Saturn L Series is just over 190 inches long. Models belonging to the L Series feature rust- and dent-resistant, polymer, side body panels that come attached to a steel space frame. Stylistically, L Series models resemble the smaller S Series, and even feature a similar crease running the length of the side body. The L Series features a 106-inch wheelbase.
All models belonging to the 2001 Saturn L Series feature comfortable seating and spacious interiors with controls that are well-designed and easy to use. The dashboard features rounded analog gauges, audio and climate controls stacked in the center, and column stalks for lights and windshield wipers. Standard interior features across the line include air conditioning, power steering, four-wheel independent suspension, a theft-deterrent system, front disc/rear drum brakes, and a tilt steering wheel. The front seats are bucket-style, and the backseat has room to reasonably accommodate two passengers. Wagon versions offer seating for five and feature a three-seat rear bench with a 60/40 split. The wagon boasts 29 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat up and 71 cubic feet with it folded down. Higher trim models are also equipped with front and rear disc brakes, and the option of antilock brakes with traction control.
Performance & Handling
The L100, L200, and LW200 come standard equipped with a 2.2-liter, DOHC four-cylinder that’s rated at 137 horsepower. A 3.0-liter V-6, rated at 182 horsepower, is available for the L300 and the LW300. The four-cylinder comes mated with a five-speed manual transmission, while the V-6 comes paired with a four-speed automatic.
The L Series provides a smooth, balanced ride, with the handling of a European model. Steering is responsive across the line, and L models perform well even on rougher roads. Models equipped with the V-6 engine provide a nice added boost in power, while four-cylinder models can seem a bit sluggish when pushed.
Standard safety equipment for the 2001 Saturn L Series includes a head curtain airbag system for front and rear passengers and available Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS). In passenger side impact tests conduced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2001 L Series received a perfect five out of five star rating, while in driver side and side impact rear tests, it received four out of five stars. It also received a two-star rating in side impact front tests. In frontal offset impact tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the L Series received a second highest rating of ""acceptable,"" while in side impact and rear crash protection tests, it received a lowest rating of ""poor"".
EPA Fuel Economy
Saturn L Sedan: 22/30 mpg city/highway
Saturn L Wagon: 21/29 mpg city/highway
- Available as a sedan or a wagon
- Strong available V-6 engine option
- Priced competitively for a model in its segment
You Won't Like
- Build quality feels outdated
- Styling is overly-conservative
- Something of an unknown (?)regarding service and repair history
While it’s true that the 2001 Saturn S Series is more affordably priced than its competition, there are good reasons for this.
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