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By Jim Flammang
April 18, 2005
Vehicle Overview For 2005, the L300 is offered in one trim level. It is equipped with a V-6 powertrain, an automatic transmission, all-disc antilock brakes, traction control and side curtain-type airbags.
Based on the European Opel Vectra, the L300 � formerly known as the L-Series � was modified considerably for the U.S. market and built at a General Motors factory in Delaware.
Exterior A Saturn badge with a three-dimensional look sits within the L300's chrome-framed grille. The rocker panels and lower fascia sections are body-colored. Dent- and rust-resistant polymer bodyside panels are attached to a steel space frame. Saturn has used this construction method since the company began marketing vehicles.
Measuring 190.4 inches long overall, the L300 sedan rides a 106.5-inch wheelbase � these dimensions are comparable with the top-selling Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The L300 stretches 68.5 inches wide and stands 56.4 inches tall. Alloy wheels hold 16-inch tires. A power sunroof is optional.
Interior Up to five occupants can fit inside the L300, which features a rear bench and front bucket seats that provide ample space for 6-footers. Taller people may not be able to stretch out in the backseat. Space is more than sufficient for two passengers in back, and three can manage. The 60/40-split rear seatback folds down to expand the trunk's 17.5-cubic-foot cargo volume.
European-style seat upholstery is installed, and the instrument cluster features a silver-colored faceplate. Standard features include air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, an immobilizer alarm, cruise control, heated power mirrors, remote keyless entry and a CD/cassette stereo system.
Under the Hood The L300 uses a 3.0-liter V-6 that generates 182 horsepower. It teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission.
Safety Side curtain-type airbags, antilock brakes and traction control are standard. LATCH child-safety seat anchors and tethers are installed.