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2006 Saturn Ion

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$1,551 — $5,747 USED
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Sedan
4-5 Seats
26-30 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Ride comfort
  • Performance of Red Line coupe
  • Saturn buying experience

The Bad

  • Handling and stability in regular models
  • Rubbery manual gearshift
  • Acceleration in regular models
  • Ride quality of Red Line coupe

What to Know

about the 2006 Saturn Ion
  • Optional 170-hp four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • FWD coupe or sedan
  • Red Line supercharged coupe

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.1
50 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(3.9)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

Read reviews that mention:

(3.0)

Bad Timing Belt Design

by Fawn from Sandston, VA on December 28, 2018

Overall I love this car, however in 6 years the timing belt/chain has jumped timing 3x!! The interior design is great, there's plenty of leg room front and back, the sound system is great, decide ... Read full review

(5.0)

Bought as a inexpensive replacement after accident

by Joe78 from Cleveland Ohio on December 2, 2018

Bought as a inexpensive replacement when my car got totaled. Was 3 years old with 38*** miles. That was nine years ago and now it has over 200K on it. Best car I have ever owned as far as reliability, ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Saturn Ion currently has 6 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2006 Saturn Ion 2

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
marginal
Overall Rear
marginal
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
acceptable
Restraints
acceptable
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
acceptable

Side

Driver Head Protection
poor
Driver Head and Neck
acceptable
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
poor
Overall Side
poor
Rear Passenger Head Protection
marginal
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
marginal
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
marginal
Structure/safety cage
poor
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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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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