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Old 09-22-2003, 09:03 PM   #1
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Default Positive L Review - ok, it's not new but ...

This article just reiterates many of the things us V-6 owners have preached from the get-go.

The car is grossly underrated.

You have to keep this one bookmarked for those times times the Car mags publish reviews of the stripped down 4 cyl models, which is all they seem to ever test anymore.
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Its nice when you get a reviewer who actually reviews the CAR, not how they FEEL about the car.
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This article has been cited as a 'positive' review of Saturn. One editor does pick Saturn as his choice. (Each of 3 other editors picks each of the other cars, the Volvo V40, Jetta and Subaru Imprezza WRX wagons as their picks). But looking at their results makes me think this article is one of the most blatant examples of bias AGAINST Saturn. Taking the "objective" scores (based on track testing and so on) the Saturn would have finished in second place. The description of the car was also fairly gushing over with praise. However the "subjective" ratings were a far different story that guaranteed Saturn's last place. How could Saturn finish in first place in objective braking tests (based on the shortest combined stopping distances from 60 and 80 mph) and still finish second-last in subjective braking? Does it make sense that the car that "handled exceedingly well when compared to the smaller, lighter wagons" would finish last in the subjective handling rating? Saturn also got last place in the following "subjective" categories: Driving excitement, engine, steering, ride, exterior styling, interior styling, seats, and ergonomics/controls (did the DVD system not figure into this? I guess they don't have kids). It got second last in transmission because the auto Subaru was ill fitted to that car's high revving engine. The only "subjective" category Saturn won was luggage space, which wasn't really subjective. I think that the last fair comparison of the Saturn L series was this one from Car and Driver, before it became popular to trash the car:
Oh well, what kills our resale doesn't mean we don't love our cars.
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