Saturn Ion

2006 Saturn Ion

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  • (4.0) 37 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,226$6,994
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 26-30
  • Engine: 140-hp, 2.2-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2006 Saturn Ion

Our Take on the 2006 Saturn Ion

Built on a new Delta global small-car platform, the Ion sedan and Quad Coupe were introduced for 2003. Innovations included rear-access half-doors on both sides of the Quad Coupe, as well as an available continuously variable transmission. A four-speed automatic later replaced the five-speed gear... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • Optional 170-hp four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • FWD coupe or sedan
  • Red Line supercharged coupe

2006 Saturn Ion Reviews Expert Reviews

I have to admit I'm spoiled by the test cars that I drive on behalf of Mother Proof; so spoiled in fact, that when I get into the Saturn Ion-3, I am kind of disappointed. Where is my sunroof? Where are the dual-zone climate control and heated seats? Then I have a reality check. I have been driving some cars that are priced in the $30,000-plus range, and I better change this rotten attitude... Read full review for the 2006 Saturn Ion

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Consumer Reviews


Average based on 37 reviews

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Surprisingly Awesome Car

by Glennwood from New Jersey on October 21, 2011

I bought this car after a really traumatic accident, which left us thankfully ok, but sadly killed my beloved custom v6 Dodge. After a shock like that I decided safety was my top concern, and I found ... Read Full Review

5 Trim Levels Available

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2006 Saturn Ion Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Saturn Ion 2

Head Restraints and Seats

IIHS Ratings

Based on Saturn Ion 2

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Saturn Ion 2

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Saturn Ion 2

Overall Rollover Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 7 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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