Economically lording over its segment, this compact sedan packs a lot of features for its class and gives true value to the dollar. The Saturn SL is one of the first vehicles Saturn, a General Motors independent subsidiary, introduced in the market. The SL was the first sedan to wear the Saturn badge. Saturn motors started out in 1985, they were an autonomous subsidiary created to take the road less taken in the automotive industry. Saturn took on a unique direction in their manufacturing, designing and marketing processes. Saturn encourages a community environment with their customers; they want to provide a different kind of relationship within the dealers, buyers and manufacturer.
The Saturn SL was introduced in 1990 as a 1991 model, together with the SW wagon and the SC coupe; together they formed the much hyped Saturn S Series. The Saturn SL sedan shares the same underbody structural design or platform as the Saturn SC coupes and the SW wagons. The body panels on all these models are made of rust-proof plastic, while hoods, trunk lids and roofs are made of steel. Saturn produced two trims of the sedan, the SL1 which was given an 85-horsepower single-overhead cam, four-cylinder engine, and the SL2 which sported a 124-hp. double overhead cam four-cylinder engine. They are paired with a five-speed manual transmission and an optional 4-speed automatic transmission. By 1995, the base engine had grown in power to 100 hp when the Saturn SL was given a complete redesign for its 1996 model.
For a compact sedan, the SL has adequate if not above average cabin space. The doors are large enough for easy entry for full grown adults. The SL can fit four adults comfortably; five would be a bit of squeeze. The SL can accommodate good cargo space for its size; it also has a rear folding seats to maximize space usage. One of the strongest points of the SL is that it was very driver friendly, its road handling was very impressive, the SL is very responsive and a joy to drive. Year by year Saturn added newer and more features to enhance and improve the ride and safety. Compared to rival sedans in its compact segment, the Saturn sedans offer great value and practicality. The ride quality is better in the SL2 which sports superior tires and suspension tuning. With all these, the SL cars are expected to remain popular purchases in the used market as well as the brand new segment.