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Saturn ION Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.2 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 145 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2007 Saturn ION

  • Although affordable and reliable, the 2007 Saturn Ion can't approach the class leaders in terms of overall refinement, comfort and handling.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Low price, customer-focused dealers, large trunk capacity, coupe's innovative rear access doors, sharp performance of Red Line model.

  • Cons

    Limited rear legroom, center-mounted instrumentation takes some getting used to, poor side-impact crash test results, below-average interior materials.

  • What's New for 2007

    For 2007, the Saturn Ion gets more power, as output on both the 2.2- and 2.4-liter engines goes up by 5 horsepower. The powertrain warranty coverage is extended (as on all GM products) to five years/100,000 miles.

Gas Mileage


  • 21
  • cty
  • 29
  • highway
Calculate Yearly Fuel Costs
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

Great car for price

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Vehicle: 2007 Saturn ION 3 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I bought My Ion 3 2.4L Manual new and I really like it, my only complaint is all the dealers around me were sold out of the redline models so I couldn't get one of those.. This is a great car I've had it for 4 years drive constantly and have not had a single problem. Great mileage on the highway even the way I drive which is usually around 140km/h.. I have not spent a dime on it other than oil changes, I even got free tires for life when I bought it.. I've bought new 6 new vehicles since 2000 ranging from trucks, Suvs, and cars and this and my 2005 Vue are the only vehicle I,ve kept for more than 2 years.. I'm going to miss Saturn. I love my Vue and Ion great reliability and fun to drive!!!

I love my ion 3

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Vehicle: 2007 Saturn ION 3 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

There are a lot of bad reviews for the Saturn Sedan but I totally love my Ion 3 Coupe. Bought it new and just passed 60K miles and not a problem yet. Good performance. 37 mpg highway (at 70 mph). Beautiful paint and finish, and I love the plastic body panels - no dings or dents - although there is more road noise because of the plastic. The interior design is only fair due to cup holder location. Plastic interior looks cheap. XM radio is great! On- Star is superb but costs too much.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Love this car

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Vehicle: 2007 Saturn ION 3 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 4A)

I have had my Saturn ION 3 for almost 3years now and i love it! I bought it used with 15,000 miles ...it now has 30,000 and its AMAZING! Great car, very reliable, great price, ITS A SHAME SATURN is no longer!!

2007 saturn ion3 review

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Vehicle: 2007 Saturn ION 3 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 4A)

I purchased this car when my 1991 Dynasty caught fire, I wanted something economical since I was driving 52 miles one way to work, I wanted a moon roof, fog lamps, tilt steering, power windows/locks, cruise, XM radio option and On Star option. This car had it all. It was affordable and came with a reasonable price tag. I have a few minors issues with the alarm system shorting out, Saturn Service Guys are the best.

Quite pleased

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Vehicle: 2007 Saturn ION 3 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 4A)

I bought this car as my first new car @ age 23 and have never had an issue. The first winter (in Maine) the tires were fairly new but it did give me some trouble on hills and with stopping. I've liked a challenge but the 2nd winter I got studded snow tires mounted and the car went like a tank. 6-8 in of snow on a non-plowed highway and I was braving through without a care. Practically plowing myself. I did have an issue with snow building up in the wheel wells but who wouldn't. Overall, car has been great. Good fuel econ and nice sporty car for summer.

Favorite out of 9 cars

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Vehicle: 2007 Saturn ION 3 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 4A)

So far so good. It is a quick little car without the hassle of too much hype. Great in all seasons.


Full 2007 Saturn ION Review

What's New for 2007

For 2007, the Saturn Ion gets more power, as output on both the 2.2- and 2.4-liter engines goes up by 5 horsepower. The powertrain warranty coverage is extended (as on all GM products) to five years/100,000 miles.


When Saturn debuted more than 15 years ago, the company quickly built a reputation for solid, reliable small cars and a no-hassle purchase and service policy. Since then, one could get the impression that it's the brand General Motors forgot. Car quality and innovation stagnated. There was hope that the Ion economy car, which replaced the S-Series just four years ago, would bring some fresh air to the brand, but so far that hasn't happened.

At its release, the Ion was soundly criticized for a noisy engine, uncomfortable seating, an abundance of hard plastic in the cabin and an electric power steering setup that had all the road feel of an old arcade game. The company addressed those problems two years ago, making improvements in the areas of seating, cabin noise isolation and steering calibration. This year, both of the Ion's standard engines (a 2.2-liter four and a 2.4-liter four) get a 5-hp bump in output. The Ion Red Line returns this year as well, with a supercharged 2.0-liter four that cranks out 205 hp -- good enough to hit 60 mph in under 7 seconds. Sadly, all these upgrades, while making the 2007 Saturn Ion a noticeably better car than it was at first, still don't bring it up to the performance and refinement levels of more polished competitors such as the Honda Civic, Mazda 3 and Nissan Sentra.

Although Saturn's no-hassle sales/service policy has engendered a lot of repeat business, anybody who bothers to cross-shop the 2007 Saturn Ion against its superior rivals will quickly realize there's not enough to sustain it the in this ever-improving segment. Furthermore, this looks to be the last year for the Ion as we know it -- it's said that Saturn will replace it by year's end with the Astra, a more modern small car from Opel, GM's European division.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Saturn Ion lineup includes two body styles and three trim levels -- Ion 2, Ion 3 and Red Line. (There is no "Ion 1.") In addition to the standard small sedan, there is the "quad coupe" body style. The latter gets its name from its coupe body, which features a pair of reverse-opening access doors that make loading passengers or cargo into the backseat a lot easier. The Ion 2 is a stripper, save for power locks, OnStar and a CD player. The Preferred Package for the Ion 2 adds power windows and mirrors, cruise control, a driver-seat height adjuster and keyless entry. The Ion 3 features all the preceding, plus 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning and an anti-theft system. Adding a bit of sporty flavor to the Ion 3 is the available Enhanced Performance Package that includes a more powerful engine, sport-tuned suspension, antilock brakes and traction control.

Available as a quad coupe only, the high-performance Ion Red Line features 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/45ZR17 performance tires, a lowered sport-tuned suspension, leather sport seats and much of the Ion 3's equipment. Red Line-specific options include a choice of rear spoilers and the Red Line Competition Package that adds a limited-slip front differential, painted alloy wheels, a boost gauge and a programmable "ladder" tach that lights up when certain rpm levels are reached.

Powertrains and Performance

Standard Ions are powered by a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 145 hp and 150 pound-feet of torque. Opt for the Enhanced Performance package on the Ion 3 and you'll get a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 175 hp and 164 lb-ft. In both cases, a five-speed manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is optional.

The Ion Red Line coupe features a supercharged 2.0-liter four that pumps out 205 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. A heavy-duty Getrag five-speed manual transmission with a short-throw shifter is standard; an automatic is not available. The Redline is quite quick and is capable of zero to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds.


Antilock brakes with traction control are optional on the Ion 2 and 3 and standard on the Red Line. Full-length side curtain airbags are optional, while the OnStar communications system is standard. In NHTSA frontal crash tests, both the coupe and sedan earned a perfect five stars for driver and front-passenger protection. Government side-impact testing for an Ion sedan (without the side curtain bags) yielded three stars for the protection of front occupants and four stars for the rear; the coupe received four stars across the board. In IIHS testing, the Saturn Ion earned an "Acceptable" rating (second highest) for frontal-offset crash safety and a "Poor" rating (the lowest) for side-impact protection, even with the optional airbags.

Interior Design and Special Features

Both the sedan and coupe offer spacious cabins and one of the largest trunks in the class at 14.7 cubic feet. Unfortunately, as roomy as the cabin feels in front, legroom is pretty tight in the backseat. The center-mounted instruments give the interior a unique look and allow more room to adjust the steering wheel without blocking the driver's sight lines to the gauges. The pair of rear access doors in the Quad coupe open nearly 90 degrees, making it much easier to load passengers and/or cargo in the backseat. A pair of comfortable, aggressively bolstered sport seats and a thick, leather-wrapped steering wheel highlight the Red Line's cockpit.

Driving Impressions

The standard engine provides adequate, if not entirely refined, power throughout the rev range. The optional 2.4-liter is not the pinnacle of smoothness either, but provides gutsy performance for a car in this class. The four-speed automatic transmission is responsive, and the best choice for most buyers. The manual box gives the car a sportier feel, but it's a little rough through the gates. The ride is soft enough to soak up rough roads, yet the 2007 Saturn Ion still handles itself well in tight turns and on freeway off-ramps.

Although the Ion Red Line doesn't boast a fully independent suspension like some more expensive rivals, it's a well-sorted setup that provides rock-solid handling, plenty of grip and fine balance when zinging the car through a set of S curves. The electric power steering has more heft in the wheel than the standard Ion and braking is impressive, with a stop from 60 mph taking just 121 feet.


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