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2005 Saturn L vs. 2006 Saturn ION

To start off, 2006 Saturn ION is newer by 1 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2005 Saturn L. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2005 Saturn L would be higher. At 2,999 cc (6 cylinders), 2005 Saturn L is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2005 Saturn L (182 HP) has 42 more horse power than 2006 Saturn ION. (140 HP). In normal driving conditions, 2005 Saturn L should accelerate faster than 2006 Saturn ION. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 Saturn L weights approximately 18 kg more than 2006 Saturn ION. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are front wheel drive (FWD). Which offers better traction when its slippery than rear wheel drive vehicles. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2005 Saturn L (258 Nm) has 61 more torque (in Nm) than 2006 Saturn ION. (197 Nm). This means 2005 Saturn L will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2006 Saturn ION.

Compare all specifications:

2005 Saturn L 2006 Saturn ION
Make Saturn Saturn
Model L ION
Year Released 2005 2006
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2999 cc 2196 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 182 HP 140 HP
Torque 258 Nm 197 Nm
Engine Compression Ratio 10.0:1 9.8:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Front Front
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1468 kg 1450 kg
Vehicle Length 4840 mm 4690 mm
Vehicle Width 1750 mm 1710 mm
Vehicle Height 1440 mm 1460 mm
Wheelbase Size 2710 mm 2630 mm
Fuel Consumption Highway 8.4 L/100km 6.7 L/100km
Fuel Consumption City 11.2 L/100km 9.1 L/100km
Fuel Consumption Overall 10.2 L/100km 7.8 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 59 L 49 L


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