2005 Saturn Relay

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2005 Saturn Relay Review

The great features of a reliable, utilitarian family vehicle but no additional power under the hood.

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The 2005 Saturn Relay provides a midsize, multi-passenger, four-door minivan with a sleek-looking body on the outside and plenty of room on the inside, as well as a top-of-the-line entertainment system to keep the entire family occupied during vacations or on the way to visit relatives. Passenger legroom proves excellent for the seven-passenger crossover sport van, as it has been fondly called. It may look like an SUV from the front view, but the minivan definitely has a unique body style and a design that pleases most shoppers.

The 2005 Saturn Relay comes in two trims: 2 and 3. Both use the same engine and transmission.

Those seeking a used Saturn Relay should feel comforted that this vehicle earns a five-star rating for reliability, covering everything from the engine and transmission to it brakes, air-conditioning, and start-up ability.

Overall, the new Saturn Relay offers a ton of value without spending a ton of money. The minivan makes a good choice for families that like to save money.

The Range

Body Styles: wagon
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Saturn Relay 2, Saturn Relay 3

What's New

The 2005 Saturn Relay makes a brand-new addition to the minivan segment as a member of the General Motors family. The new appearance looks different than most minivans with the front end designed more like it should be on an SUV, which makes it very unique.


The exterior of the 2005 Saturn Relay features duel power sliding side doors, power rear quarter windows, a rear liftgate door, a rear defogger and wipers, all-season tires with a temporary spare, full wheel covers, and a roof rack for the 3. An optional sport suspension offering tighter vehicle handling remains available, as well as different body paint colors.


Front-row seating inside of the 2005 Saturn Relay has comfortable, cloth captain’s chairs with folding second- and third-row seats and reclining rear seats. A six-way height-adjustable power driver’s seat only comes on the Relay 3. Other features include power locks and mirrors with heat, power steering with cruise and audio controls, air-conditioning with rear vents and fan control (only in the 3), center and overhead storage consoles, cup holders throughout, and a pass-through rear center armrests in the 3.

The entertainment system includes an AM/FM radio with a CD player and MP3 ability that holds hundreds of songs, a DVD player and video monitor with remote control, and speakers with separate front and rear audio controls. Special features include OnStar telecommunications service for both trims and a universal remote transmitter for a garage door or security system only in the 3.

Both trims have a cargo capacity with seats intact of 32.3 cubic feet with a maximum space of 140.7 cubic feet.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Relay offers a smooth and quiet drive but due to its six-cylinder engine, it does not have the quick ability of its V-8 competitors. However, its all-wheel drive provides easy maneuverability on the road and around corners. The engine that powers the 2005 Saturn Relay—a 200-hp, 3.5-liter V-6—proves excellent for the type of vehicle. Matching the V-6 engine with a four-speed automatic transmission works perfectly for the minivan.


The 2005 Saturn Relay has front and rear disc brakes, traction control, occupant-sensing passenger-airbag deactivation, a post collision safety system, and child safety locks on the rear doors. An anti-theft alarm system only comes on the 3.

The Relay has a consumer rating of four out of five. Most recent problems reported include difficulty with the power sliding doors, particularly with them sliding open unexpectedly. There have been some recalls for issues concerning the release handle and parking brake, and company makes adjustments accordingly.

EPA Fuel Economy

Saturn Relay: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Comfortable ride
  • Room for passengers and cargo
  • Multi-functional entertainment system
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Affordability

You Won't Like

  • No standard side-curtain airbags
  • Safety recalls

Sum Up

The great features of a reliable, utilitarian family vehicle but no additional power under the hood.

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