2007 Saturn Ion

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Key Specs

of the 2007 Saturn Ion. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    26-30 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    145-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 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

Notable Features of the 2007 Saturn Ion

  • Optional 175-hp four-cylinder
  • New exterior color option
  • Manual or automatic
  • FWD coupe or sedan
  • Red Line supercharged coupe

2007 Saturn Ion Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Built on a Delta global small-car platform, the Ion sedan and Quad Coupe were introduced for 2003 with innovations including rear-access half-doors on both sides of the Quad Coupe.

For 2007, the Ion's Ecotec 2.2-liter four-cylinder generates 145 horsepower and 150 pounds-feet of torque. An optional 2.4-liter engine with variable valve timing makes 175 hp and 164 pounds-feet of torque, and a Deep Blue exterior color replaces Laser Blue.

Saturn joined the hot compact arena in 2004 with a new Red Line edition of the Ion Quad Coupe. Rather than the usual 145-hp four-cylinder, the Ion Red Line Quad Coupe is equipped with a supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that develops 205 hp; it drives a five-speed manual transmission. In addition to other styling cues, these potent Ions feature a performance-tuned suspension.

The Ion is available in both Ion 2 and Ion 3 sedans and Quad Coupes, as well as the Red Line. The Ion 1 sedan was discontinued in 2006.


Exterior
Ions use a steel space-frame construction and wear polymer bodyside panels for dent and rust resistance. Ions ride on a 103.2-inch wheelbase; sedans are 57.4 inches high, while the Quad Coupe stands 56 inches tall. Tires come in 15- and 16-inch sizes, and the Red Line rolls on 17-inchers. Projector-beam fog lamps are standard on all 2007 Ion Red Line models.

Interior
Each Ion sedan can hold up to five people; the coupe can seat up to four. Both body styles have flat-folding rear seats. The coupe also features a ...
Vehicle Overview
Built on a Delta global small-car platform, the Ion sedan and Quad Coupe were introduced for 2003 with innovations including rear-access half-doors on both sides of the Quad Coupe.

For 2007, the Ion's Ecotec 2.2-liter four-cylinder generates 145 horsepower and 150 pounds-feet of torque. An optional 2.4-liter engine with variable valve timing makes 175 hp and 164 pounds-feet of torque, and a Deep Blue exterior color replaces Laser Blue.

Saturn joined the hot compact arena in 2004 with a new Red Line edition of the Ion Quad Coupe. Rather than the usual 145-hp four-cylinder, the Ion Red Line Quad Coupe is equipped with a supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that develops 205 hp; it drives a five-speed manual transmission. In addition to other styling cues, these potent Ions feature a performance-tuned suspension.

The Ion is available in both Ion 2 and Ion 3 sedans and Quad Coupes, as well as the Red Line. The Ion 1 sedan was discontinued in 2006.


Exterior
Ions use a steel space-frame construction and wear polymer bodyside panels for dent and rust resistance. Ions ride on a 103.2-inch wheelbase; sedans are 57.4 inches high, while the Quad Coupe stands 56 inches tall. Tires come in 15- and 16-inch sizes, and the Red Line rolls on 17-inchers. Projector-beam fog lamps are standard on all 2007 Ion Red Line models.

Interior
Each Ion sedan can hold up to five people; the coupe can seat up to four. Both body styles have flat-folding rear seats. The coupe also features a flat-folding passenger seat. The sedan's trunk holds 14.7 cubic feet of cargo, which is slightly more than the coupe's capacity of 14.2 cubic feet. Red Line models have standard leather seats.

The center console was redesigned for 2006, allowing more inboard knee and leg clearance and additional storage above the radio. The center instrument panel, which includes the speedometer, is angled slightly to the left and is designed to let the driver's eyes remain closer to the horizon. Only a few vehicles have this layout. An anti-theft engine immobilizer and General Motors' OnStar communication system are standard. An in-dash six-CD changer, remote keyless entry and XM Satellite Radio are optional. All sound systems include an input jack to accommodate portable audio players, and an MP3 player is standard on Red Line models and optional on other models.


Under the Hood
Fitted with dual balance shafts that are intended to yield quieter operation, the 2.2-liter four-cylinder generates 145 hp. Ions can have either a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic transmission. An optional larger Ecotec engine displaces 2.4 liters and features variable valve timing, higher-pressure fuel injectors and a higher compression ratio to make 175 hp, but Saturn recommends that it use premium fuel instead of the base engine's regular gasoline. It's offered in a package that includes a sport-tuned suspension, traction control and an antilock braking system. A 205-hp, supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder powers the Red Line Quad Coupe, which only comes with a five-speed manual.

Safety
Dual-stage front airbags, front seat belt pretensioners and LATCH child-safety seat anchors are standard. Side curtain airbags, traction control and antilock brakes are optional, but ABS is standard on the Red Line model.

Driving Impressions
Even though the Ion is an improvement over Saturn's previous S-Series, the differences aren't dramatic. The Ion is quieter than its predecessor and has a very light feel. The base engine can still get raucous, though, and acceleration is modest. The ride is smooth, but handling is only so-so with the regular suspension. On-center steering feel is uncertain, with vague play in the wheel. The manual gearshift is rubbery but easy to use.

Saturn's Red Line coupe is energetic from a standstill but less so for passing. The exhaust has a snarl-like sound. All told, it feels like an econocar masquerading as a performance model.



Latest 2007 Ion Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Truly a safe and reliable drive

by Buecy11 on June 5, 2018

I bought a 2007 ion as my second car, upgrading from a 2005 of the same model. I had a few issues at the beginning and had to put a little money into it but after they were fixed it worked like a ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most relieable car ever owened

by Pretty Patty from TEXARKANA Texas on June 4, 2018

This car meets all of my needs for what I paid for it, it is a excellent car.Plenty of leg room from back to front, plenty of roof room front to back and I love it Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2007 Saturn Ion currently has 7 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2007 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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