Test Drive: 2005 Saturn Ion – Autos.ca

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July 13, 2005

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There is no of compact sedans on the Canadian In fact this is one of the most competitive and popular segments in the and as Saturn has discovered, making is tough sledding.

Fortunately is a strong and loyal Saturn base to build from. are not car buyers looking for the latest #8220;must-have#8221; features or avant-garde These are consumers who want and reliable transportation, who have to expect exceptional service and at the dealer level.

They also appreciate use of rust and dent proof for many body panels.

The recent Saturn entry in the sweepstakes is the Ion. Based on the Delta platform that has the basis for a number of GM vehicles the world, including the Chevy and Pontiac Pursuit, the Ion continues to from the beaten path. The hood and trunk are made of the galvanized steel, but the fenders and are a tough composite that is all but to damage in normal situations.

of the use of this material which and expands with temperature panel gaps are inordinately While this may make the Ion as if it was hastily and poorly assembled, the is in fact the case. This is a and solid vehicle in every of the word.

The Ion first appeared in 2002 as a model available in sedan and formats. The four-door line-up with the base model at and moves up through the Ion 2 starting at to the Ion 3 which begins at $19,640, with automatic transmission). equipment on the Ion 3 includes power tilt wheel, cruise, windows and mirrors, remote entry, air conditioning and 16-inch wheels.

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The seats are indeed comfortable and to a tall roofline, they can be in a manner that allows the to sit upright resulting in the dual of better sightlines and improved The height challenged will them even more of the manual height adjustment allows them to enjoy the

In addition to the appearance updates, the team put a lot of overtime into noise, vibration and harshness for the model. The Ion#8217;s predecessor, the SL, was the subject of some derision in respect, but the Delta chassis and new Ecotec engine used for the Ion a very long way to addressing the The Saturn team stayed on the even after the launch and for instituted a raft of upgrades an acoustic engine cover and the use of a Quiet Steel laminate for the and firewall.

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The suspension has been re-tuned for and the electric steering recalibrated for on-centre feel. These steering systems negate the for hoses, fluids, pumps, and other gear. The electric is smaller, lighter, uses power and can be tuned much easily than a hydraulic

In fact and by way of example, the Ion is available 15, 16 and 17-inch wheels and tires on model and trim and the steering differently for each. The larger steering wheel used year, along with the changes, results in a more system but it is still a bit light and less feedback than like. While we#8217;re the centre location of the instrument is still as out-of-place as it was when two years ago.

The Saturn Ion doesn#8217;t stand out in any respect, but covers all the bases well. Quiet, smooth and it offers a stylish alternative in a sea of

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