2005 Saturn Relay

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Key Specs

of the 2005 Saturn Relay. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Pending further review

Notable Features of the 2005 Saturn Relay

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

2005 Saturn Relay Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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.


Exterior
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.


Interior
Seven passengers fit inside; the Relay has ...
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.


Exterior
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.


Interior
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.

Safety
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

Exterior Styling
(3.5)
Performance
(3.0)
Interior Design
(3.1)
Comfort
(3.4)
Reliability
(3.2)
Value For The Money
(3.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

so far, very good

by Happy Saturn owner from Grand Rapids, MI on March 1, 2013

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 ... Read full review

(1.0)

DO NOT BUY THIS VEHICLE!!

by USED TO LOVE SATURN (Chicago area) from CHICAGO on May 7, 2009

I would recommend buying the Kia Sedona (even though they are not reliable) before this piece of junk! I have to admit when we bought this vehicle we had in mind the quality and reliability that ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 Saturn Relay currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2005 Saturn Relay has not been tested.

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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 Relay 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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