2004 Saturn L-Series

  • 2004 Saturn L-Series L300 1 Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      34
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/150
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,370
  • 2004 Saturn L-Series L300 1 Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      34
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/150
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $18,995
  • 2004 Saturn L-Series L300 2 Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      182/190
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $21,360
  • 2004 Saturn L-Series L300 2 Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      182/190
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $23,510
  • 2004 Saturn L-Series L300 3 Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      182/190
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $23,260
  • 2004 Saturn L-Series L300 3 Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      182/190
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $25,310
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2004 Saturn L-Series Review

A cross between efficiency and comfort.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2004 Saturn L Series comes in two body styles: a sedan and a wagon. Both body styles have two different engine types available, a 2.2-liter four-cylinder and a three-liter six-cylinder. This vehicle has decent fuel efficiency for both the six-cylinder and four-cylinder engine.

While Saturn includes many new features and decisions in the 2004 Saturn L Series the company forgets to update the safety features. Due to bare bones safety features, Saturn has seen low to average reviews when it comes to impacts and other safety hazards with the Saturn L Series.

The Range

Body Styles: wagon, sedan
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Saturn L Series Sedan, Saturn L Series Wagon

What's New

The 2004 Saturn L Series brings a number of new improvements to the table. The four-cylinder version of the engine has been redesigned to put out a total of 140 horsepower. The five-speed manual transmission gets discontinued in the four-cylinder version of the 2004 Saturn L Series, but it still remains available for the six-cylinder engine. The 2004 version of the L Series also includes anti-lock brakes (ABS), six speakers, heated mirrors, and a tilt steering wheel as standard features.

Exterior

The exterior of each of the body styles of the L Series differ slightly. The sedan and coupe both measure in at 190.4 inches long and 68.5 inches wide. When it comes to height, the sedan measures slightly shorter at 56.4 inches, when compared to the wagon version’s height of 57.3 inches. Just some of the exterior features include a rear defogger, intermittent wipers, a roof rack, power locks, power windows, power mirrors, steel wheels, and all-season tires. Both body styles of the 2004 Saturn L Series also include a McPherson strut suspension, a multi-link rear suspension, and a four-wheel independent suspension. Saturn also includes daytime running lights, traction control, and dusk-sensing headlamps.

Interior

Both body styles offer minimal head and foot room with 39.3 inches and 42.3 inches respectively. The interior of both styles of the 2004 Saturn L Series also offer a number of features such as cruise control; a cabin air filtration system to keep the air fresh for all of the passengers; cargo area lighting; and a CD radio system to keep everyone entertained during the drive. It also comes equipped with a front 12-volt power source. It features two front bucket seats and split-folding rear seats. Every seat in this vehicle comes upholstered in cloth.

Performance & Handling

When it comes to performance abilities for a sedan, much less a wagon, the L Series falls way behind the competition. Both engines seem comparatively weak, with the four-cylinder putting out a measly 140 horsepower while the six-cylinder only generates 182 horsepower. Both engines also produce a weak amount of torque, with 184 lb-ft of torque for the six-cylinder and 150 lb-ft of torque for the four-cylinder engine in either body style.

Handling marks another area where 2004 Saturn L Series does not get a lot of attention. Reviewers complain about losing handling abilities around corners and generally judge the handling as average at best. Although the L Series experiences problems with corners, it definitely does not lack features to help handling. The 2004 L Series comes with ABS, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, and other options to assist in handling.

Safety

The 2004 Saturn L Series lacks many safety features. Earning a moderate rating and two poor ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the safety that this vehicle can provide remains quite low. The L Series earns a poor rating in the side-impact test and head restraint test, while it scores a moderate rating in the frontal-offset test.

EPA Fuel Economy

Saturn L-Series four-cylinder: 21/31 mpg city/highway
Saturn L-Series six-cylinder: 18/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Decent fuel economy
  • Quick six-cylinder
  • Many available customization options

You Won't Like

  • Lackluster safety features
  • Slow four-cylinder engine

Sum Up

A cross between efficiency and comfort.

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