The Saturn SC is a hatchback coupe that originally debuted for the 1991 model year. After two generations of body design, the vehicle was discontinued following the 2002 model year. The SC, along with the Saturn SL sedan and Saturn SW wagon, comprised the family of vehicles known as the Saturn S-Series.
The car's 2-letter title stands for "sports coupe." During its production run, the Saturn SC competed with compact vehicle competitors such as the Honda Civic, Volksawgen Golf and Toyota Echo.
Saturn SC Styling
All S-Series vehicles were built on the GM Z platform. The most recent 2nd-generation of the SC was introduced for the 1997 model year. Updates to the design included an extended wheelbase, more rounded exterior features and enlarged doorways. These new additions led to a roomier interior and an overall more modern design.
Overall dimensions for the vehicle include a length of 180.5 inches, width of 68.2 inches and height of 53.0 inches. Maximum occupancy for the vehicle topped out at four passengers. Total cargo volume came in at 11.4 cubic feet.
Saturn SC Trim Levels
The 2nd-generation Saturn SC was available in two trim levels – SC1 and SC2. The base SC1 included such standard features as power steering, split folding rear seat, stereo system with CD player, rear defogger, intermittent wipers, theft-deterrent system and rear spoiler.
The SC2 added air conditioning, height and lumbar adjustment for the driver's seat, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows, power mirrors, power locks, remote keyless entry and fog lights. A power sunroof and leather upholstery were among the few available optional upgrades.
Saturn SC Performance
The Saturn SC coupe was available with two engine options. The base SC1 model received a 1.9-liter 4-cylinder engine that topped out at 100 horsepower and 114 lb-ft. of torque. The more muscular SC2 featured a DOHC version of the same engine that delivered 124 horsepower and 122 lb-ft. of torque. The SC2 also featured a sport-tuned suspension.
Both trims could be had with either a 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic. EPA-estimated fuel efficiency for each available configuration is as follows:
SC1 5-speed manual: 28 mpg city / 39 mpg highway
SC1 4-speed automatic: 27 mpg city / 37 mpg highway
SC2 5-speed manual: 26 mpg city / 36 mpg highway
SC2 4-speed automatic: 24 mpg city / 34 mpg highway
Saturn SC Safety
Standard safety features available on the Saturn SC included dual front airbags, daytime running lights and an emergency trunk release. Antilock brakes and side curtain airbags were available as optional upgrades. NHTSA crash tests were not performed on the SC coupe. However, the Saturn SL sedan, which was similarly equipped, garnered a perfect 5-star rating in the categories of driver front impact and passenger front impact. In the categories of rollover resistance, driver side impact and rear passenger side impact, the SL was awarded 4 stars, 3 stars and 2 stars, respectively.
Used Saturn SC
The Saturn SC is considered by many to be a solid used vehicle for individuals looking for a bargain coupe. Known trouble spots that have been documented for the used Saturn SC market include faulty air conditioning, automatic transmission fluid leak, coolant leak, overheating and hard starting.