There are plenty of changes in store for this year's Saturn
Ion. Sedans are given a new front end that is unquestionably
more on the refined side, there is more standard equipment
for both comfort and safety, and the powertrain has been
improved. Not bad for just one short year's work.
One of the changes that customers will certainly enjoy
is the use of new material to dampen road noise. A new acoustic
cover for the engine results in quieter operation while
still allowing easy access to underhood fluid checks. Other
sound-dampening changes include new acoustic clips for the
fuel line, new piston coating and a new exhaust down pipe.
The 2005 Saturn Ion is offered as a quad coupe and as a
sedan. Saturn labels its three model lineup in such a way
that anyone can figure it out. 1, 2 and 3 are the model
names. The Ion Red line is covered in a separate review.
Quad coupes have two doors and seat four, while sedans have
four doors and seat five. The new seats inside the Ion are
newly tailored for a contemporary look in both front and
rear. For increased comfort, the seats are wider and deeper
at the shoulders and include enhanced thigh and side bolsters
All models also sport a larger, four-spoke steering wheel
that originally debuted on the 2004 Red Line.
The sedan's revised front fascia and grille adds a more
substantial, integrated appearance. Machine facing for the
alloy wheels (on 2 and 3 models) and a new chrome beltline
molding (3 model) gives an even more uplevel appearance
The 2005 Saturn Ion quad coupe continues to offer innovative
dual rear-access doors. Combined with a front-passenger
fold-flat seat and the lack of a B-pillar, the rear-access
doors help maximize the usefulness of the interior space
by making it easy to load and unload passengers and cargo.
The engine for 2005 is a 2.2-liter Ecotec inline 4-cylinder
model. It produces 140 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque.
Standard on the sedan and Quad Coupe is a 5-speed manual
transmission that provides continual smoothness and durability.
GM's Hydra-Matic 4T45-E automatic transaxle replaces the
VTi variable transmission as an option for the quad coupe
and also replaces the Aisin 5-speed automatic as an option
for the sedan.
Safety and Security
The 2005 Saturn Ion has rear drum brakes and offer optional
ABS bundled with traction control. Head-protecting curtain
side airbags are available for all; torso side airbags are