Used Vehicle Review: 1996-2002 Saturn S-Series

Chris Chase from CanadianDriver.com: The second-generation S-series was offered in sedan, station wagon and coupe body styles (the second-gen coupe arrived a year later than its sedan and wagon siblings). In 1999, Saturn added a third door to the driver's side of the coupe to allow easier access to the rear seat. In 2000, the station wagon model line was cut to a single model - the top-end SW2 - and the wagon was discontinued altogether after 2001. Like the first-generation cars, all three versions of this redesigned model shared the same 1.9-liter engine. A single overhead cam version making 100 horsepower was used in base models, while top-line models used a twin-cam version of the 1.9-liter engine that made 124 horsepower. Transmission choices were simple: a five-speed manual was standard, and a four-speed automatic the extra-cost option.

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With its turbocharged engine and sizzling yellow-to-red paint scheme, the Saturn SCX three-door coupe ignited the passion of performance-car enthusiasts. The SCX's 1.9-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine was modified by Saturn Motorsports of San Diego to yield an estimated 300 hp, more than double the engine's normal output in the Saturn SC2. Along with its hot engine, the SCX boasted a high level of handling and sporty appearance cues that reflected the car's performance capabilities.