Saturn SL Series

The SL series was the first series of Saturn vehicles. The S-Series is a family of compact cars that are built upon the Z-body platform. This platform was developed entirely in-house at Saturn and shares very little with the rest of the General Motors model line. The first generation SL and SW were made from model year 1991 to 1995. All of the S-Series cars were available with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission. The Saturn transmissions in the DOHC vehicles were geared to enhance acceleration, while the SOHC transmissions were geared toward economy. Further, it implemented a space frame design meaning that the side panels were made of plastic pieces instead of metal. These polymer panels were, as a result, dent-resistant. The first Saturn to leave the assembly line in the Spring Hill, Tennessee factory was on July 30, 1990. It was a classy maroon with a tan interior, making it quite a looker. At first there were two offered trim levels. The SL1 trim level, which featured a SOHC 1.9 L I4 LK0 engine that was rated at 85 hp. This was upgraded to the 100 hp L24 engine for the 1995 model year. The SL2 trim level contained a DOHC 1.9 L I4 LL0 engine that was rated at 124 hp. In terms of fuel economy, both the SL1 and SL2 got 29 mpg city and 35 mpg highway making them quite affordable. Further, the SL1 and SL2 had a 12 gallon fuel tank, which meant that both cars got around 384 miles on a single tank. For the 1993 model year, the line was expanded to include the SW1 and SW2 wagons, which were mechanically identical to their SL1 and SL2 counterparts. It was overdue, but in 1995, all models received an interior redesign.