2007 Saturn

2007 Saturn Ion

The compact Ion's standard 2.2 liter, four-cylinder "Ecotec" engine gets a boost in output to 145 (vs. 140 in 2006) and on models equipped with the optional Enhanced Performance Package and 2.4 liter, 170 horsepower engine, there are new, larger diameter stabilizer bars. Dual-mode (analog and digital) OnStar is now standard in all Ions, regardless of trim level. Other than these and other minor trim changes, the 2007 Ion lineup is basically the same as it was previously. Two trim levels are offered -- the Ion 2 and Ion 3 sedan and quad coupe body styles; the former Ion 1 sedan has been discontinued. The high-performance Red Line edition of the Ion Quad Coupe returns for '07 with the same 205-horsepower, supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine used previously, along with high-flow exhaust, Z-rated tires, leather seating trim and other sport/performance upgrades. The coupe comes with unusual rear-hinged half-doors to ease entry and exit into and out of the back seat.

2007 Saturn Aura

An all-new model for Saturn, the Aura is a a mid-sized sedan with both luxury and sport touches that Saturn hopes will draw in buyers who are also considering models like Honda's Accord and the Toyota Camry, among other benchmark vehicles in this class. Two trim levels are available, base XE and the luxury-sport XR. The standard engine in the XE is a 3.5 liter V-6 offering 224 horsepower. It comes mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. The step-up engine is a 3.6 liter V-6 rated at 252 horsepower; it is teamed with Saturn's first-ever six-speed automatic transmission. XR Auras also come standard with 18-inch wheels in lieu of the base model's standard 17-inch rims. Both versions of the Aura are front-wheel-drive. Front seat side-impact and full-row curtain air bags and ABS are standard on both trim levels. Later in the model run, a hybrid Green Line version of the Aura will be available.

2007 Saturn Outlook

Another new model for Saturn, the Outlook is a large crossover wagon that can seat up to eight passengers and may be ordered with either standard front-wheel-drive or an optionally available all-wheel-drive system. The Outlook has a potent 3.6 liter V-6 engine with variable valve timing as its standard powerplant -- producing 263 horsepower on base XE models with single exhaust and 267 horsepower on higher-trim XR models equipped with dual exhaust. Both XE and XR versions of the Outlook get a six-speed automatic transmission. Seven or eight-passenger seating configurations may be ordered -- with GM's Smart Slide system standard on the second row for all trim levels. Smart Slide allows the second row seat cushion to be flipped up while the seatback slides forward, compressing the space taken up by the seat and making more room for taller passengers or cargo. The Outlook has 116.9 cubic feet of cargo space when the second and third row seats are folded -- and almost 20 cubic feet when both rows are in place. For safety, six air bags (including three-row curtain bags) are standard and those vehicles equipped with the optional OnStar system will get Turn By Turn Navigation -- which provides step-by-step "spoken" directions through the vehicle's audio system.

2007 Saturn Relay

Introduced in '05 along with its other General Motors minivan family members, the Buick Terraza, Chevrolet Uplander, and Pontiac Montana SV-6, the Saturn Relay offers an SUV-flavored look and a slightly higher ride height as an alternative to traditional minivan styling. For 2007, the formerly optional 3.9 liter, 240 horsepower V-6 becomes standard equipment -- along with GM's StabilTrak stability control system and a new, lower priced base model (Relay 1) designed to make the Relay more affordable to more potential buyers. Relay offers seven-passenger seating capability and available all-wheel-drive. Family friendly features include air conditioning, a CD/MP3 stereo with rear controls and headphone jacks, a DVD entertainment system, cruise control, keyless entry, and the OnStar communications/safety system. Available options include a hard-drive-based Mobile Digital Media system with MP3, WMA and WAV playback capability, a second-row toy box, XM satellite radio, and a remote starter function. Later in the model year, an E85/Flex-Fuel capable version of the 3.9 liter V-6 will become available.

2007 Saturn Sky

The Sky is a stylish and low-slung, two-seat roadster that shares a platform (though not exterior panels ) with Pontiac's Solstice. It is arguably the more attractive of the two -- and comes with more standard equipment, including features like air conditioning, standard 18-inch rims, keyless entry and ABS. The Sky's standard engine is a 2.4 liter, 177 horsepower four connected to a five-speed manual transmission -- with a five-speed automatic available as an option. For 2007, a high-performance Red Line version of the Sky joins the lineup. It features a 260 horsepower turbocharged direct-injection 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine, firmer suspension setting, polished 18-inch wheels, dual chrome-tipped exhaust as well as its own interior enhancements, such as Red Line-specific instruments (including a digital boost gauge), metallic sill plates and stainless steel trim. Since the Sky was introduced in calendar year '06 as an '07 model, changes for the '07 calendar year are minimal -- other than the addition of the Red Line version.

2007 Saturn Vue

The big news for '07 is the addition of the gas-hybrid VUE Green Line, which offers an attractive balance of mileage/performance and price. It offers as much as 20 percent better fuel economy relative to the non-hybrid VUE, or an EPA rated 27 MPG in city driving and 32 MPG on the highway. Because the GReen LIne's hybrid system is less complex than other hybrids (it does not propel the vehicle in pure electric mode, for example) it is less expensive than comparable hybrids models such as Ford's Escape hybrid. The VUE Green Line's MSRP is just under $23k and the cost of its hybrid system is about $2,000 vs. as much as $4,000 or more for otherwise similar competitor models. The Green Line has a 2.4 liter, 170 horsepower gas engine supplemented by an electric motor and battery pack for extra acceleration capability when needed. Otherwise, changes to the VUE lineup for 2007 are minimal. The Power Package (with cruise control, power windows, locks and mirrors and remote keyless entry) is now standard on all Vues and Deep Blue replaces Pacific Blue on the color palette. Base four cylinder and optional V-6 engines are carryovers.