2003 L-Series New Car Test Drive
When the Saturn L-Series sedans were introduced, they were styled to look like the smaller S-Series Saturns, only bigger. It's not uncommon for automakers to give their products a family resemblance, but the styling of the S-Series was tired, soon to be replaced by the Ion. Combined with a more lackluster impact on the market than Saturn brass would have preferred, the L-Series went to the beauty parlor for a major makeover for 2003. The result is a mid-size Saturn in a new, more attractive wrapper.
What hasn't changed is Saturn's simplicity, economy, performance, and dent-resistant composite-plastic side panels.
The Saturn L-Series continues to be stuffed with value. Head-curtain airbags, automatic headlamps and ABS with traction control are standard on all models. Options include OnStar and a DVD entertainment center that's a segment exclusive. Floor mats and anti-lock brakes are optional, however.
Saturn's legendary customer service also remains, a key attraction for buyers who want a pleasant buying experience and a friendly service.
For 2003, the Saturn L-Series is streamlined with two versions of the sedan and two versions of the wagon.
Sedan and wagon come in L200 and L300 levels. Wagons are designated LW200 and LW300 with equipment levels similar to those of the corresponding sedans.
A 135-horsepower 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine powers the L200 and LW200. The L300 and LW300 are equipped with a 182-horsepower 3.0-liter V6. All come standard with an automatic transmission except the L200 sedan, which can be ordered with a five-speed manual.