1997 Saturn S-Series

  • 1997 Saturn S-Series SC1 Coupe

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1997 Saturn S-Series Review

Jazzy look but leaves the comfort at home.

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The 1997 Saturn S-Series debuted in 1990 with a blend of reliability and a big interior. The coupe and sedan models were the first to make an impression, while the wagon debuted later, in 1993. The S-Series receives a complete redesign that says goodbye to the old stubby appearance. Instead, it welcomes spaciousness and a rounded style. Saturn created the S-Series entirely in-house and was the auto maker’s first ""series"" line.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe, sedan, wagon
Engines: 1.9-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Saturn SC1, Saturn SC2, Saturn SL, Saturn SL1, Saturn SL2, Saturn SW1, Saturn SW2

What's New

The 1997 Saturn S-Series reduces engine noise and vibration. It also installs a low-fuel indicator light and can receive a single in-dash CD player. Meanwhile, changes to the Saturn SC1 and SC2 include exterior and interior color additions, exposed headlights and standard daytime running lights, and a spoiler for the SC2.


The 1997 Saturn S-Series offers a similar look between the SC1 and SC2 with few differences like the colored door handles for the SC2. All models share a softer styling tone and a longer wheelbase, unlike the previous SC models. The coupes offer standard daytime running lights and exposed headlamps.


Inside the 1997 Saturn S-Series coupes, the head and legroom are increased. Internal sound-deadening materials help keep out some of the engine sound. This, however, does not completely alleviate the noise problem. The trunk lid is redesigned to prevent water running into the trunk.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Saturn S-Series gives speed and fun priority. It's equipped with a standard 1.9-liter, four-cylinder engine with a five-speed manual transmission. The engine gets 100 horsepower and can generate 114 ft-lb of torque. The coupes are particularly fun to drive and said to turn like a dream, even in inclement weather. All models come with good gas mileage and are great for commutes.


The 1997 Saturn S-Series come with standard power brakes as well as dual airbags. Traction control and an anti-lock brake system (ABS) are available options, making this car a standout in its class in terms of safety features. It also comes with a security system with audible alert features, an engine immobilizer, and a panic mode.

EPA Fuel Economy

Saturn SC1: 21/31 mpg city/highway
Saturn SC2: 23/33 mpg city/highway
Saturn SL: 23/33 mpg city/highway
Saturn SL1: 21/31 mpg city/highway
Saturn SL2: 23/33 mpg city/highway
Saturn SW1: 21/31 mpg city/highway
Saturn SW2: 23/33 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Price
  • Solid performance
  • Reliability

You Won't Like

  • Engine noise
  • Oil consumption
  • Interior comfort

Sum Up

Jazzy look but leaves the comfort at home.

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