1998 Saturn S-Series

  • 1998 Saturn S-Series SC1 Coupe

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1998 Saturn S-Series Review

Saturn faces some competition.

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The 1998 Saturn S-Series is a line of similarly styled cars in three different styles: coupe, sedan, and wagon. While these are all reliable cars, sales are slowly declining. Other companies are coming out with more and more cars that have better value than the Saturn S-Series. Still, these reliable vehicles. The Saturn S-Series hosts eight different models: the SC1, SC2, SL, SL1, SL2, SW1, and SW2.

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 Saturn S-Series underwent many changes in 1998. Some of these changes were restyled wheels, reduced noise and features to help provide a smoother ride, and reduced-force front airbags.


The 1998 Saturn S-Series are nothing in the looks department. It doesn't look good or flashy, but it also doesn’t look too terribly bad. The coupes measure 180 inches in length, the sedans measure in at 176.9 inches, and the wagons measure at are the same length as the sedans. All models come standard with tinted glass and a remote trunk release. Tons of extras are available including power sun roof, rear spoiler, alloy wheels, and power windows.


Just as with the exterior of the 1998 Saturn S-Series, the interior is also nothing special. The seating is not as comfortable is it could be, and in models without a lot of extras the car can look quite plain. Standard features in all models include cloth seating, tachometer, rear window defroster, and AM/FM audio system. Available extra features include power controls, air-conditioning, premium audio system, and CD player.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Saturn S-Series has average performance and handling skills. The line of cars come standard with a small 1.9-liter four-cylinder engine, rated at 100 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque. These cars by no means are packed with power, but they do perform well with a five-speed manual transmission.


The 1998 Saturn S-Series were not tested in crash tests, but the cars do implement some standard safety features such as driver and front passenger airbags and daytime running lights. Extra safety features are available such as a keyless entry system, an anti-theft alarm system, anti-lock brakes (ABS), power door locks, and traction control.

EPA Fuel Economy

Saturn SC: 21/31 mpg city/highway
Saturn SL: 23.34 mpg city/highway
Saturn SW: 23/33 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Lots of options
  • Reliable

You Won't Like

  • Poor value
  • Uncomfortable seating

Sum Up

Saturn faces some competition.

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