2006 Saturn ION Overview


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2 Auto
200 national listings
2 Manual
38 national listings
3 Auto
Avg. Price: $5,981
3 Coupe Auto
Avg. Price: $5,215
3 Coupe Manual
Avg. Price: $5,798
3 Manual
7 national listings
Avg. Price: $4,792
Coupe Auto
21 national listings
Coupe Manual
6 national listings

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4.25 stars

Based on 21 reviews

Love The Car by Greg2810
 — love the car. 31 mpg (so far) plenty of room. rides great on the highway. Very Quiet. interior & exterior is laid out great. the features are in just the right spot.Update: 05-23-2015, 227,700 miles. ... Read More
Love My Ion by Kirk
 — Bought it for mileage, keeping it because its fun to drive. Used as a commuter car (45 miles each way). reliable, good in snow or on ice Recently completed a cross-country trip and found it to be am... Read More
Love This Car! by Scott
 — I have had this car since December 2005, it had 137km on it when I got the keys (after being driven down to me from the Fredericton dealership). The only con I could even think of was that the rear b... Read More

2006 Saturn ION Overview

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Based on 21 reviews

2006 Saturn ION

Saturn continued to tinker with the Ion in 2006 and made solid progress.  Perhaps the most drastic change came from eliminating the Sedan 1 and creating separate automatic and manual versions for each remaining non-Red Line trim.  This brought the total trim count to 8, including the Ion 2 Sedan automatic, Ion 2 Sedan manual, Ion 3 Sedan automatic, Ion 3 Sedan manual, Ion 2 Coupe automatic, Ion 2 Coupe manual, Ion 3 Coupe automatic, and Ion 3 Coupe manual.  In addition, the Ion 3 sedans and Ion 3 coupes came with an optional 2.4 L, 170 hp I4 engine, also known as the Enhanced Performance Package.
All trims still come with a standard 2.2 L, 140 hp I4 engine with either 4 speed automatic or 5 speed manual.  Cargo space still comes out to 14.7 cubic feet for the sedans and 14.2 cubic feet for the coupes while gas mileage averages out across the trims at around 25 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway.  Saturn dropped prices even more and altered the center dash for more interior room.  The coupes still have the unique 4 door design with 2 larger doors in front and 2 adjacent smaller doors for easier access to the back.  
Overall, reviewers appreciate the Ion's evolution into a well-balanced, affordable compact with plenty of optional features.  Handling and steering have improved without sacrificing the trademark features that gained the Ion a loyal following.  Some drivers would still like to see the Saturn Ion catch up to the competition with interior design and materials.  However, despite the minor qualms, the public agrees that the 2006 version represents the best Ion yet.


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Saturn ION Questions


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06 Saturn Ion With 2.2l Shifting At Really High Rpms =(

Started doing it this morning. It only has 105k miles. First and second gear seems normal shifting around 3-4000 but after shifts around 5-6000 having to feather the throttle sometimes to get it to ...

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