It looks like the Saturn Ion will be going the way of the Dodo Bird, with the introduction of the new 2008 Saturn Astra. It’s a European styled compact with bear bones pricing and practically no standard features, starting at $16,495. Mind you, this base line model doesn’t include an automatic or even air conditioning, which I thought was standard equipment since the model T.
The 4-Cylinder engine is a little wanting, since once it’s loaded down with passengers and luggage the 125lb of torque just doesn’t do interstate on ramps. But, those searching for a relief to $4 gallon fuel prices will probably be more than willing to sacrifice that get up and go for 32mpg on the highway.
Saturn on eBay
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