• (3.1) 8 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,331–$7,083
  • Body Style: Passenger Van
  • Combined MPG: 20-21
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 7
  • Cargo Space: 74.0 cu.ft.
2005 Saturn Relay

Our Take on the Latest Model 2005 Saturn Relay

What We Don't Like

  • Pending further review

Notable Features

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

2005 Saturn Relay Reviews

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

3.1

Average based on 8 reviews

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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 famil... Read Full Review

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3 Trims Available

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2005 Saturn Relay Safety Ratings

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Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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