Saturn Relay

The Saturn Relay from General Motors (GM) was an attempt by the company to create a more rugged-looking minivan along the lines of an SUV rather than a bland shuttle. The car was marketed as a crossover sports van. It has the trademark longish nose, roof rack, and the aggressive front fascia of a rugged SUV. The fundamental architecture of the vehicle is based on the U platform that underpinned the Chevrolet Venture, among several other GM minivans. In fact, the Relay looks somewhat like a small van with a big snout.

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Saturn Relay Origins

The Relay is considered to be more upscale than other most other Saturn cars and has several family-friendly features. These include the split-fold third-row seats, as well as the 40 GB digital music playback system christened PhatNoise. It allows the customer to store and play several movies and thousands of MP3 files.

About the Saturn Relay

GM loaded the Relay with many standard safety features, as customers shopping for minivans often consider those to be of primary importance. Traction and stability control and the anti-lock brake system are the two most noteworthy features of the vehicle. The car got an impressive five stars, which is the highest rating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tests for the driver and passenger seats. It received a four-star rating in side-impact tests for protection of the front passengers, and five stars yet again for rear passenger safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in its crash test on the Relay, awarded a four-star rating to the vehicle out of a highest five in the frontal offset test. The minivan also got a good rating in the side-impact test conducted by IIHS.

Saturn Relay Features

The 2009 Saturn Relay minivan is available in three versions: 1, 2, and 3. The first one has full power accessories, air-conditioning, and a sound system with eight speakers. The CD player is capable of playing MP3s as well.

Version 2 of the Relay has cruise control, a backseat DVD entertainment system, keyless entry, and deep-tinted rear and side glass windows in addition to the standard features of the first variant. It also has an interchangeable overhead console. This enables the customer to arrange the storage compartments as per his or her requirements. A rear wiper and heated mirrors are available in the Relay 2 as well.

Relay 3 is the top-tier model of the vehicle and has leather-wrapped steering with audio controls, a dual-zone time control, a rear air-conditioning unit, alloy wheels, a power driver seat, power rear-vent windows, a 115-volt air-conditioning outlet, a second-row captain’s chair, power-sliding passenger side doors, and an upgraded storage space in addition to the features of Relay 2.

Other major options that could be availed with any of the above three variants include dual power-sliding side doors, a remote vehicle startup system, rear park assist, a navigation system, satellite radio, sport-tuned suspension, and leather seating arrangement. Most of these options are either available separately or bundled together with various other features that are offered by Saturn from time to time.

When it comes to the performance of the entire Relay range, all vehicles are equipped with front-wheel drive, since the four-wheel drive version was discontinued. All variants are fitted with a 240 hp 3.9-liter V-6 engine that delivers a torque of 240 lb.-ft. The performance is topped with a four-speed automatic transmission system.

Saturn Relay Evolution

The 2005 version of the Relay was comprised of 17x16.5 inch steel wheels that sported P225/60R17 all-season tires. The minivan came with a spare tire. Other standard equipment included privacy glass, intermittent wipers, a rear defogger, powered rear quarter-windows, and rear lift-gate doors. The vehicle measured 72 inches wide, 69.4 inches tall, and 204.7 inches long. It had a ground clearance of 5.5 inches and comprised of a 61.8-inch and 63.3-inch front and rear track, respectively.

The base engine size of the 2005 model was 3.5-liters and was powered by a 12-valve V-6 cylinder. The vehicle delivered a torque of 220 lb-ft at 4400 rpm and offered a peak of 200 horsepower at 5200 rpm.

All three versions of the Saturn Relay released in 2007 were upgrades of its earlier respective models. It had the 3.9-liter V-6 engine and automatic transmission. The peak mileage was 16/23 mpg city/highway. Other standard features included stability control, an MP3 player, and traction control. The side and curtain airbags were optional accessories and did not come bundled with the standard equipment.

Select a Saturn Relay Year

2007 Saturn Relay


The 2007 Saturn Relay classifies as a minivan.

2006 Saturn Relay


The 2006 Saturn Relay minivan comes with many new safety and entertainment features.

2005 Saturn Relay


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.