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By: Terry Brown

Saturn is one of General Motors� brands. It was launched in 1990 largely due to the success of Japanese small-car imports in the United States, and this brand was the company�s response. It is popularly known for its �no-haggle� sale policy. And it is very commonly known to have customer satisfaction with its dealer service that is among the highest of any car brand in the United States. It has also received praise for its environmentally-conscious manufacturing processes and for its innovations such as using flexible plastic side panels on its cars to avoid minor dents, as well.

One of the vehicles that are running under this brand is the Saturn Relay. It is a minivan that is the first in its brand not to have a polymer side paneling. The Saturn Relay uses a 3.5 liter High Value 3500 LX9 V6 that has the capability to generate 200 horsepower and 220 ft-lb. torque.

Interestingly, the new 2006 Saturn Relay is a mini van with four doors that is quite capable of having seven passengers in its interior. It has been made available in three trims that ranges from the FWD 2 to the AWD 3. The FWD 2 is equipped with a standard 3.5 liter V6 engine that can achieve 18 mpg in the city, and 25 mpg during highway driving. The AWD 3, meanwhile, is well equipped with the standard 3.5 liter V6 engine that can take up to 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg in the highway. Standard for these trims is a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.

The Saturn Relay brings along with it convenience due to its features that create such a feeling for its driver and passengers. The list includes a passenger airbag cutoff sensor that is activated by seatbelt engagement; covered lower console storage that is located on its floor; cruise control; OnStar Telematics System with twelve months Safe and Sound Service Plan; OnStar Vehicle Location System; a keyless entry that is operated via key fob; a multi-function remote that operates doors to lock and unlock and is also anti-theft; and a telephone antenna.

Options for this new vehicle includes manual air conditioning, interior dust and pollen air filter, driver airbag with dual stage deployment, DVD player located in the second row with a 7-inch screen located in the overhead console, second row sound controls for audio and DVD, rear window defroster, power door locks with automatic locking, AM/FM radio with speed sensitive volume, eight speakers, CD player, MP3 player, and pre-programmed equalizer.

More information about the Saturn Relay is available at Customers can also access the website�s vast array of Saturn Relay parts and Saturn parts.

In a nutshell, what is lacking for this model is that it does not bring along with it standard side air bags. However, it is good that it has ABS, air conditioning, alarm, automatic transmission, CD player, child safety locks, child seat tethers, DVD player, OnStar System, power windows/locks, side impact door beams, and theft tracking.

About The Author

Terry Brown is a 32 year old from Houston Texas, and an enthusiast for anything auto-related. He currently writes auto-related articles for several publications.

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This article was posted on January 18, 2006

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