2004 Saturn Ion

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Key Specs
Our Take
Safety & Recalls
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Key Specs

of the 2004 Saturn Ion. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    26-30 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    140-hp, 2.2-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Ride comfort
  • Performance in Red Line coupe
  • Saturn buying experience
  • Frontal crash-test rating

The Bad

  • Handling and stability in standard models
  • Rubbery manual gearshift
  • Acceleration in standard models
  • Resale value of most models

Notable Features of the 2004 Saturn Ion

  • Ecotec 140-hp 2.2-liter
  • Manual or automatic
  • Continuously variable transmission available
  • FWD coupe or sedan
  • New Red Line coupe

Latest 2004 Ion Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value For The Money

What Drivers Are Saying


Very reliable

by Vella1103 from OH on June 20, 2018

Very Great car, I wish I would have never sold it , I only sold it cause I needed the extra cash. If I could get that same car again , I would. Read full review


2004 Ion-2 Deathtrap!

by RatchetMcCrank69 from SI, NY on May 26, 2018

Worst "gift" ever! (It was my mom's, she bought it brand new to replace a xxx SL2 she had that died, now she no longer drives due to advanced age and gave me the Ion. This Ion IS the biggest xxx I've ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2004 Saturn Ion currently has 10 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2004 Saturn Ion has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Ion received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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