Saturn Relay

People want to know about price; so right up front, the Relay started at $22,850. The Saturn Relay was a minivan from the Saturn brand of American automaker General Motors. It was launched for the 2005 model year, and was built alongside its cohorts, the Buick Terraza, the Chevrolet Uplander and the Pontiac Montana SV6 in Doraville, Georgia. There were three available trim levels, with those being 2FWD, 3FWD, and 3AWD. The best thing about this model was that it was the first Saturn vehicle without polymer side paneling. The Relay was introduced with a 3.5 L LX9 V6 that produced 200 hp and 220 ft•lbf of torque. It was certainly not the fastest in the bunch with an acceleration from 0-60 mph in 10.2 seconds. Then again, who buys a minivan for speed. On the bright side though, the Relay scored three of the highest possible score and two of the second highest possible score in IIHS crash tests. In reality, this is more important than speed any day of the week. In terms of gas mileage and how much to expect to spend at the pump, the Relay is rated at 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. All of the Relays seat seven with folding 2nd row captain chairs and a 50/50 third-row bench. OnStar assistance and a DVD rear entertainment system came standard on all Relays, which is a great selling point. Further, a navigation system was optional on some of the Relays. GM was intending to redesign the Saturn Relay for 2008 on the Lambda platform, but this has been canceled due to poor sales. Looks like minivans are just not cutting it these days. GM has dropped the Relay for the 2007 model year, and its Doraville Assembly plant is sadly scheduled for closure.