2007 Saturn Ion Review
This review was written when the 2007 Saturn Ion was new.The Ion delivers acceptable performance and great cargo space, but it generally falls short of top import competitors in value, interior comfort, and safety ratings. If you're in the market for a small affordable car, you should also consider the Honda Fit and Honda Civic.
When introduced in 2003, reviews of the Ion were negative due to the use of shoddy interior materials and a poor transmission. As New Car Test Drive says, however, "Saturn has continued to update and refine the Ion over the past three model years, and we came away with positive impressions of the current models." Still, reviews continue to be mixed. Edmunds now says, "Although affordable and reliable, the 2007 Saturn Ion can't approach the class leaders in terms of overall refinement, comfort and handling."
Reviews are more positive for the sporty Red Line Quad Coupe version, the Detroit News stating, for example, that "the Ion Red Line provides a lot of entertainment value for the money." Additionally, Saturn is known for its "no-haggle" shopping policies and Edmunds says, "Saturn's no-hassle sales/service policy has engendered a lot of repeat business." 2007 is the last year for the Saturn Ion as it will be replaced in 2008 by the Astra.
Reviews are rather mixed about whether the 2007 Saturn Ion represents a good value. Kelley Blue Book says that "though the Ion is not yet the equal of such vehicles as the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, it is a worthy compact offering excellent fuel economy, an agreeable price tag and a number of innovative options." Other reviewers are less charitable, although MSN says that "it's come a long way in the last few years and should be on shopping lists of compact car buyers."
IntelliChoice gives the Saturn Ion a value rating of "average" for its predicted five-year total cost of ownership, compared with other vehicles in its class. Drivers who desire more performance have the option of a larger engine and better brakes on the Ion 3, while the Red Line delivers an affordable approximation of a sports car experience.