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2007 Saturn Relay

  • 2007 Saturn Relay Base Minivan
    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      7
    • HP/TORQUE
      240/240
    • ENGINE
      3.9L V6
    • MSRP
      $21,570
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2007 Saturn Relay Review

Lacks many important minivan features, namely safety.

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Overview

The 2007 Saturn Relay classifies as a minivan. That says it all right there. Either skip to a different vehicle page or read every word here. Drivers looking for a minivan are a certain type of buyer: family oriented, not needing to be hip and buy an SUV, and mostly concerned with safety, utility, durability, economy, and features for the family. The Relay has most of that with solid handling, lots of cargo space, DVD entertainment systems, navigation, and a solid build quality. However, the Relay falls very short in the all-important safety arena. When talking about minivans, safety marks a priority since these are almost exclusively family vehicles. As noted in the safety section below, the Relay receives some very low scores in crash tests, notably for side- and rear-impact safety, and as such, it is difficult to recommend with much safer options available in this segment.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.9-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Saturn Relay 1, Saturn Relay 2, Saturn Relay 3

What's New

For 2007, all models of the Saturn Relay use the same 3.9-liter, 240-horsepower V-6 that makes 240 lb-ft of torque. Stability control is now standard on all models as well. The all-wheel-drive version has been discontinued. A more basic version, called the Relay 1, joins the lineup. It offers transportation without luxuries (such as a rear DVD entertainment system, cruise control, and keyless entry) for a lower price tag.

Exterior

The 2007 Saturn Relay minivan comes in three trim levels, simply called 1, 2, and 3. The Relay 1 really doesn’t offer any exterior features of note, while the Relay 2 has deep-tinted side and rear glass, heated mirrors, and a rear wiper. The Relay 3 then adds alloy wheels and a power-sliding passenger-side door. A sport-tuned suspension marks the notable exterior option.

The Relay looks like a minivan. No automaker has really ever stylized a minivan, although some do have the occasional exterior design cue.

Interior

The Relay 1 starts off with air-conditioning, full power accessories, an eight-speaker sound system with an MP3/CD player, and the OnStar communications system. Upgrading to the Relay 2 adds cruise control, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, keyless entry, and an interchangeable overhead console. The Relay 3 adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, rear dual-zone climate control, a power driver’s seat, a 115-volt AC outlet, power rear vent windows, second-row captain's chairs, and upgraded storage.

Options include the PhatNoise 40GB digital media system, a remote vehicle startup system, dual power-sliding side doors, rear park assist, satellite radio, a navigation system, and leather seating.

Note that the cabin of the 2007 Saturn Relay offers a great deal of storage and an upscale appearance.

Performance & Handling

All models of the 2007 Saturn Relay use front drive, as the all-wheel-drive version has left the lineup. All Relays make use of a 3.9-liter V-6, producing 240 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque while mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. As with most vehicles in this class, performance is not a valued asset and the Relay offers enough power to handle most traffic situations. Handling and braking on the Relay remain average for this class. The ride feels smooth and even kind of plush with a serene feel, depending on passengers, of course, since it is a family vehicle. The manufacturer offers an upgrade for the suspension that offers tighter handling, but the turn radius comes close to that of a dump truck, making some city driving and parking situations a real challenge.

Safety

The 2007 Relay comes with some standard safety gear such as anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, and traction control. Side-impact airbags for first- and second-row occupants remain optional, but not available at all for third-row protection. In NHTSA tests, the 2007 Saturn Relay earns five out of five stars on multiple tests, but only four out of five stars for side-impact, front-seat safety and only three out of five stars for rear-end collision safety. More disconcerting are the results from the extensive IIHS tests. While the Relay manages highest and second-highest ratings for frontal-impact tests, it receives many ratings of “Marginal"" and “Poor,"" the two lowest ratings, for most of the side- and rear-impact tests. This presents a serious and special concern as minivans mostly serve as family vehicles. As such, crash safety is of primary importance with utility marking the second-most-valuable asset. Having such low crash test scores makes the Relay a tough sell for families.

EPA Fuel Economy

Saturn Relay: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Smooth ride
  • Cabin storage
  • Multimedia storage system

You Won't Like

  • Missing safety features
  • Some unwieldy handling
  • Low crash test scores

Sum Up

Lacks many important minivan features, namely safety.

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