2005 Saturn Relay

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Key specs

Base trim shown


The good:

  • Passenger space
  • Cargo capacity
  • Available power sliding side doors
  • Seating versatility

The bad:

  • Pending further review

2 trims

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  • 3


Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2005 Saturn Relay trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • SUV-like styling cues
  • 3.5-liter V-6
  • Overhead rail system
  • Available StabiliTrak stability control
  • Available Versatrak AWD

2005 Saturn Relay review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
For the first time, Saturn will have a van in its lineup beginning in the 2005 model year. Until now, this General Motors’ division has offered only passenger cars and a sport utility vehicle.

Billed as a “crossover sport van” like other GM vans that are emerging for 2005, the Relay blends SUV-like styling touches with the functionality of a “mid-van.” Practical features include sliding side doors and a low step-in height, but all of GM’s divisions are avoiding the stigma associated with the minivan’s tame image. It’s the first Saturn model to seat seven passengers.

Saturn hopes to attract a new group of buyers with the Relay, which is related to the new Buick Terraza, Chevrolet Uplander and Pontiac Montana SV6. Front-wheel drive is standard, but the Relay can also be fitted with all-wheel drive. A 3.5-liter V-6 engine mates with a four-speed-automatic transmission. The Relay comes in two trim levels. Sales begin in fall 2004.

The basic look of the Relay is recognizably Saturn, but SUV-like styling cues include wide C-pillars and a horizontal grille. The Relay has ebony-colored lower cladding. The wheels measure 17 inches in diameter, and the optional roof rack has tubular-shaped side rails.

The base model has steel wheels, and uplevel versions have six-spoke silver-painted aluminum wheels. Built on a 121.1-inch wheelbase, the Relay is 204.7 inches long overall and 69.4 inches tall.

Seven passengers fit inside; the Relay has three rows of seats. The second- and third-row seats may be folded and removed. The third-row bench is split 50/50. The seats in the base model have cloth inserts and “protein” vinyl bolsters that have a leatherlike appearance. Uplevel versions may be equipped with leather-appointed seats. Cargo volume totals 140.7 cubic feet with all the seats folded and 32.3 cubic feet when all the seats are up.

The Relay gets a three-spoke steering wheel that’s leather wrapped in the uplevel model. Light maple-colored woodgrain decorates the radio and climate-control trim plate.

An overhead console and rail system are installed. Standard equipment includes a backseat DVD entertainment system, power heated mirrors, a six-speaker CD/MP3 stereo, power windows and locks, and remote keyless entry. The uplevel model adds a power driver’s seat, rear climate controls and a convenience package that includes power rear quarter windows, among other things.

Under the Hood
GM’s 3.5-liter V-6 engine generates an estimated 200 horsepower and 220 pounds-feet of torque and works with a four-speed-automatic transmission. When properly equipped, the Relay can tow up to 3,500 pounds. Versatrak all-wheel drive and traction control are optional.

All-disc antilock brakes and daytime running lights are standard. An integrated child-safety seat, rear parking assist, seat-mounted side-impact airbags for front occupants and GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability system are optional.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.5
  • Interior design 3.3
  • Performance 2.8
  • Value for the money 3.0
  • Exterior styling 3.6
  • Reliability 3.2

Most recent consumer reviews


This is the only car that I got NEW of the Lot,

I love my car and every thing about it. It has everything I want and need except more power. I Bought it right of the showroom floor.


very poor overall

would like to get into simple things like comfort or appearance, but, mechanically, this vehicle is a shameful example of why GM had to take billions in taxpayer bailout. Bought this car with 18 k, now has 73k. Headlights and all other lights constantly flicker making you feel as if the headlights are going to go out on you, and oncoming traffic thinks I'm asking for their dims. Wheel hubs in front went out at about 30k and are at this time needing replaced again. The rears are so noisy now at 73k that you can barely hear the radio. The rear wiper motor has been replaced twice and is now again intermittent again and needing attention. And worst of all, the reason we went with the Saturn was for the all wheel drive which has never worked. I was completely stopped with the front driver side wheel on a patch of ice in my driveway, flat level ground. the vehicle would not move , drive wheel just sat and spun round and round until some big boys pushed us a foot off the icy patch. Absolutely pathetic. Will never even consider anything produced by GM ever again. Thia vehicle also struggles on hills, extremely under powered which also causes terrible gas mileage , in the range of 15 mpg highway, a little better if driving on level roads.


so far, very good

Only had the Relay a month now, but am very happy with it inside and out. Would give 5 stars all the way around, but do not know much about performance, other than it performs well enough for a family driver, and we have only had the car a month so can't say how reliable it is at this point.

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New car program benefits
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36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles