2001 Saturn SC

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

180.5” x 53.0”


Front-wheel drive



2 trims

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  • 1


  • 2


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2001 Saturn SC review: Our expert's take

Lots of good things to say about the compact coupe from General Motors Saturn division, such as:

The plastic, never-rust body panels mean five years from now a wash will make the car look just like new.

An access or third door along the driver’s side makes it easy to open and then slip in briefcase, duffel bag, groceries or even a kid or two. The third door solves the problem of how to get to that back seat in a two-door coupe.

A 1.9-liter, 124-horspower 4-cylinder engine that delivers 25 m.p.g. city and 35 m.p.g. highway when teamed with a 4-speed automatic that make trips to the fuel pump occasional journeys.

And a price tag within reach of youth or those on a budget, making it a great starter car for the graduate entering the job market as well as anyone needing a high-mileage commuter.

But then there are drawbacks. Saturns, whether coupe, sedan or wagon and whether compact or midsize, act like economy commuters.

The suspension delivers soft ride, but not very precise handling.

Give the brake pedal an extra push because there’s a little too much play. A few too many noises filter into the cabin. And that third door is nice, but for the couple with one kid and a child safety seat in back, the door would be more useful on the passenger side.

The price is nice, starting at $16,505, but the options have been marked up considerably. Why $70 for floor mats? Why $725 for a power sunroof? Why $695 for ABS with traction control? Why $220 for the AM/FM stereo with CD upgrade to AM/FM stereo with CD and cassette? And why $350 for 15-inch alloy wheels?

That’s $2,060 in options, and with a $440 freight charge, the test car stickered at $19,005, or in the neighborhood of Chrysler PT Cruiser–though in fairness, to the PT you have to add whatever amount the dealer gets after turning you upside-down and shaking out your pockets. Saturns don’t go over list.

The SC2 coupe gets a redesign for the ’04 model year. Keeps the plastic body panels. A new compact sport-ute, the 2002 Saturn VUE, comes out this fall and should help bring folks back into Saturn showrooms who have been noticeable by their absence.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.9
  • Interior 4.0
  • Performance 3.8
  • Value 4.8
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.8
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Most recent consumer reviews


Very Reliable

I love my Saturn sc1. Got her for $800 2 yrs ago and only problem I've had was battery replacement and when it wAs stolen had to replace ignition lock and housing. It's such a great reliable car so thankful it was found and returned with minimal damage. If u are thinking of purchasing one don't hesitate. This is a car u can def rely on


A sporty car that is great on gas and good in snow

This car was the exact color and make I wanted and it fit my needs perfectly. It has been very reliable, and affordable, plus it looks great. The third door is very convenient whether to load groceries, suitcases or your dogs or kids in the backseat. Unfortunately they don't make them anymore.


This was a barn find.. a good one

This car was sitting for almost a year after the radiator went bad. There was a different size tire on every rim and i got it cheap. Jumped the battery filled the radiator and got it home. It ran pretty well. Replaced the radiator, new battery, plugs and wires and new tires. I've put a few thousand miles on it now in daily driving and its been just great. 143000 miles on it and its as good as anything else ive ever driven of this age. Holds the road great and very comfortable. Ive owned alot of cars and this is starting to look like one of my best buys.

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