2004 Saturn Ion

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21 reviews
Available Price Range $1,201-$6,373 Trims6 Combined MPG 26-30 Seats 4-5

Our Take on the 2004 Saturn Ion

Our Take

Saturn unveiled its successor to the compact S-Series at the New York International Auto Show in 2002. Named the Ion, these new models sought to revitalize the Saturn division of General Motors.Th... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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


Our Expert Reviews

Hot rod Saturn wins over brand skeptics on News panel MILFORD -- Steve Varady always thought of Saturn as a "brand aimed at moms." But after spending an evening behind the wheel of the 2004 Ion Red Line, Saturn's first supercharged performance vehicle, the Dearborn resident has new respect for the General Motors Corp. brand that's long been a favorite of sensible people looking for af... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

3.8 out of 5

Based on 21 reviews

Very reliable car, just one problem tho...

by Ebonion from Rochester, NY on July 28, 2011

I've owned this car for almost 3 years now. This car has been very good to me, however the one biggest glitch about this car is the transmission. I should have picked it up the first time i took it ou... Read Full Review

6 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 10 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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