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2005 Saturn ION

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Saturn ION Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.2 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 140 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 23/32 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2005 Saturn ION

  • Saturn has taken negative feedback to heart and made significant enhancements to the Ion. The result is a more polished machine that is much more competitive with its peers.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Low price, customer-focused dealers, large trunk capacity, coupe's innovative rear access doors, solid ride and handling dynamics.

  • Cons

    Limited rear legroom, dash layout takes some getting used to, interior materials still aren't class-leading.

  • What's New for 2005

    Significant changes accompany the Ion into 2005. A revised front fascia on sedans, as well as various other exterior trim and wheel upgrades, spruce up the Ion's outward appearance. Inside, new front and rear seats (on level 2 and 3 models) provide substantial comfort improvements, and a new steering wheel replaces last year's go-kartlike unit. Interior trim and materials have also been refined. Substantial improvements to noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) have been made possible through the use of Quiet Steel for the plenum and dash, an acoustic engine cover, and other powertrain and insulation enhancements. The electric power steering has been recalibrated, and various suspension revisions improve ride and handling. A four-speed automatic transmission replaces last year's five-speed unit and the coupe's CVT unit.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (8 total reviews)


Great small car

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Vehicle: 2005 Saturn ION 3 4dr Quad Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

Have had the car for almost a year now, and still love it. I have had no mechanical problems to date with it. Keep in mind it is a Saturn and will have its occasional pops and squeaks from all the plastic. Most of the noise is coming from the rear quad door, the top molding comes loose towards the rear of the door, but is easily popped back into place. It seems most of the reviewers have a problem with passlock, from experience on Saturn forums it appears this only happens in extremely cold conditions.




Fun and efficient!

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Vehicle: 2005 Saturn ION 3 4dr Quad Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

Bought my Ion used, mainly for the gas mileage since I drive about 2500 miles a month. It doesn't disappoint, averaging 30 (mostly highway driving). Styling is a little quirky, but it works. The rear doors on the coupe are a big plus! I've had no problems with the car; build quality is better than I expected from Saturn. It's quieter and better handling than most cars of its size, and comfort is about equal although the steering wheel is too far a reach. I sell cars for a living, and had my choice of several comparable cars. I'm happy I chose the Ion.




Unreliable. don't do it.

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Vehicle: 2005 Saturn ION 3 4dr Quad Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

Poorly made? Perhaps bad parts? I have had my horn replaced, the BCM replaced, and now the cruise control and gas gauge are not functioning properly. I cannot wait to trade this car in. I told myself I would keep it a year. One headache-filled year. I would not recommend Saturn or the ION. Not to mention the poor quality of the car, the salesmen and service department have been very disappointing.




3rd saturn in a row

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Vehicle: 2005 Saturn ION 3 4dr Quad Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

When I saw the 4-door sedan Ion in blue I told the salesman that I was interested in the SC2 as I have had both the SC2 (the sporty coupe) and the SL2 (the four-door sedan). So he brought out the top of the line Ion3 coupe and I feel in love. Surely a pleasure to drive and I love OnStar. The safety doors in the rear are great for certain reasons. I had to drive long distances to work in the first Saturn--the SL2 and it performed beautifully and took the hills in Vallejo a lot better than most cars. Then I drove a somewhat less with the SC2 but still a lot. But this ION will be used a lot more for pleasure and with great performance. I love my car and it has all the wonderful safety.




Gotta get ya one!

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Vehicle: 2005 Saturn ION 3 4dr Quad Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

After driving full-size pickups my whole life I was a bit worried about the safety of a car. The ION is one of the safest cars on the road today and it fits so well into my life! I work for my home and car and on my last trip I got as good as 36 mpg - way better than any truck! It's also fun to drive and handles great. We are getting ready to start a family and this is the perfect size vehicle for that young, cool mom!



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2005 ion 3 great car

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Vehicle: 2005 Saturn ION 3 4dr Quad Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

My ION has been trouble free after 6000 miles and rides great. Very quiet at idle/cruising and handles very well. The seats are quite comfortable. I have the 160 watt stereo with XM radio and it is worth every penny. I waited for the 2005 because I had heard of all the technical improvments being made. The effort Saturn's engineers put into making this car quiet is very apparent. I would definitely buy this car again.



Full 2005 Saturn ION Review

What's New for 2005

Significant changes accompany the Ion into 2005. A revised front fascia on sedans, as well as various other exterior trim and wheel upgrades, spruce up the Ion's outward appearance. Inside, new front and rear seats (on level 2 and 3 models) provide substantial comfort improvements, and a new steering wheel replaces last year's go-kartlike unit. Interior trim and materials have also been refined. Substantial improvements to noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) have been made possible through the use of Quiet Steel for the plenum and dash, an acoustic engine cover, and other powertrain and insulation enhancements. The electric power steering has been recalibrated, and various suspension revisions improve ride and handling. A four-speed automatic transmission replaces last year's five-speed unit and the coupe's CVT unit.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 23
  • cty
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  • 32
  • highway
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