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1995 Saturn S-Series Review
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The 1995 Saturn S-Series is a compact car that comes as a coupe, sedan, or station wagon. It uses a Z-body. The car series, which was first launched in 1990, was developed entirely in-house and did not share many components with other General Motors models.
Engines: 1.9-liter L24 four-cylinder, 1.9-liter LL four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Saturn SC1, Saturn SC2, Saturn SW1, Saturn SW2, Saturn SL, Saturn SL1, Saturn SL2
All models of the 1995 Saturn S-Series have standard front airbags for the driver and passenger, along with a redesigned steering wheel and dash. The base engine is modified to provide an improved power output of 100 horsepower, which is 15 horsepower more than previous years. The in-dash CD player is no longer available, but a trunk-mounted changer is available as an option. The SC1 coupe gets new high-back front seats, and all coupes receive a revised front end and wheel cover.
The 1995 Saturn SL and SW have a wheelbase of 102.4 inches, while the SC has a wheelbase of 99.2 inches. The SL and SW have an overall length of 176.3 inches, and the SC1 has a length of 173.2 inches and the SC2 has a length of 176.4 inches.
The 1995 Saturn S-Series is spacious enough for tall occupants to sit comfortably without feeling cramped. The sedan and wagon can seat four adults comfortably, and the coupe can get two people in. The rear seat for the coupe is more or less non-existent, but the sedan and wagon models have a spacious rear seat with as much headroom and legroom as the seats in front. The wagon has a firm rear seat and upright backrest that may not be comfortable for some people. Entry and exit is easy for the front but gets a little difficult at the rear because of the narrow doors. The dash for all models is quite remarkable with a look inspired by imports and easy to use. Trunk space for the sedan and wagon models is good for their class, and the split-foldable rear seatbacks increase the storage space further.
Performance & Handling
The 1995 Saturn SL1 and SW1 get a single-cam, straight-four engine that provides decent acceleration with manual transmission, but its performance takes a big hit when mated to the automatic transmission. On the other hand, the dual-cam engine provides decent acceleration and passing power with either transmission. In any case, the engines are quite loud, and this reduces the overall ride quality of the car significantly.
The 1995 Saturn S-Series has dual airbags in front as a new addition to its list of safety features. There are no government crash test results available.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Good instrument and control layout
- Amazingly fuel efficient
- Improved performance from the base engine
- Powerful performance from the dual-cam engines
You Won't Like
- Noisy engines
- Road noise filters to the cabin
- Poor acceleration of base engine with automatic transmission
- Problematic entry and exit
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