2007 Saturn Ion Performance | U.S. News Best Cars

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2007 Saturn Ion Performance

Review Last Updated: 5/2/08

The Saturn Ion provides good performance for a car in this class, offering a bit more power and horsepower than the base models of some similar cars. Still, New Car Test Drive asserts, Ride and handling are about average for the class.

Acceleration and Power

The 2007 Saturn Ion offers three engine options. The Ion 2 and Ion 3 versions come with 2.2L, 145-hp engines. Consumer Guide notes that 145-hp Ions are spry enough. The Ion Red Line coupe offers a 205-hp engine, which is capable of doing 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds, according to Edmunds. while the smaller engines will do it in about 9.5 seconds.

An optional 170-hp engine is also available as part of the Enhanced Performance Package. Edmunds says that the standard engine provides adequate, if not entirely refined, power throughout the rev range. New Car Test Drive also notes that it’s also smooth and quiet, something that hasn’t always been the case.

Most reviewers agree that the Red Line trim offers good power for this price range. New Car Test Drive says that the supercharged engine delivers good throttle response and quick acceleration performance.

The Ion’s fuel economy is average for the class, according to Consumer Guide and other reviewers. EPA estimates of fuel economy show the 2.4L engine is the most fuel efficient. It gets 22/31 miles per gallon (city/highway).

The 2.2L automatic gets 23/32 miles per gallon (city/highway), and the Red Line versions get 22/31 miles per gallon (city/highway). Saturn recommends premium fuel for the 2.4L and the Red Line versions.

The 2007 Saturn Ion is available with both manual and automatic transmissions, except for the Red Line, which is only available with a manual transmission.

Edmunds says that the four-speed automatic transmission is responsive, and the best choice for most buyers. The manual box gives the car a sportier feel, but it’s a little rough through the gates.

Handling and Braking

Reviewers generally agree that the 2007 Saturn Ion provides decent, but not exceptional, handling. Consumer Guide Automotive says the Ion has modest cornering [and] lean, good highway stability. The Red Line version features a stiffened suspension that Edmunds says provides rock-solid handling, plenty of grip and fine balance when zinging the car through a set of S curves.

Many reviewers note the Ion’s very tight turning radius.

The 2007 Saturn Ion has independent strut-type front suspension with a stabilizer bar and semi-independent torsion-bear rear suspension. The Red Line features a stiffer suspension with larger stabilizer bars. Edmunds says that the Ion 2’s and 3’s suspension produces a ride soft enough to soak up rough roads.

Steering is electronically-controlled, and Consumer Guide Automotive says that electric-boost steering provides [a] natural, direct feel, but is lighter than some testers would prefer.

The Red Line is notable for its superior braking system. Edmunds says the braking is impressive, with a stop from 60 mph taking just 121 feet. The Red Line uses a disc-breaking system, whereas the Ion 2 and Ion 3 use drum brakes.

Performance Options

An Enhanced Performance Package is available for the Ion 3, which upgrades the engine to a 175-hp 2.4L engine and adds anti-lock brakes and a sport-tuned suspension. MSN says that the Enhanced Performance Package definitely makes the Ion 3 more fun to drive.

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