Saturn Deserves Better than Revisionists Calling Its Cars Ordinary

1991 Saturn SL2

Bryan Laviolette from Michigan WLLZ: Much has been written about why Saturn was somewhat of a success through much of the 1990s. Even though General Motors starved the brand for new products, those who bought Saturns back then loved them. Sure, buyers enjoyed the no-haggle deals and the fresh approach to selling cars. They loved it when dealer employees clapped as they drove their cars away for the first time. But what they really loved was that the cars were good, possibly the best cars GM has made since the 1950s when it ruled the American market. The original Saturn SL had one of GM's most advanced engines. The car's interior was as good as any small car from the Europeans or Japanese at the time. But the real reason owners loved those cars was because they were tough as rhino skin. I know many people who drove their SLs for years before finally trading them in. Many of those folks will tell you that their Saturn was not just the best car they ever owned; they'll tell you that it was the best thing they ever owned, period.

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