Consumer Reports shares the same sensible-over-sizzle priorities as Saturn Corp. So when the magazine calls the new Saturn Ion "very disappointing,'' some red flags should go up inside Saturn and General Motors.
The car was zinged for a noisy engine, cramped interior, "cheap-feeling materials" and other deficiencies. In the meantime, Saturn is charging ahead with plans to dress up its 2004 models with a 200-hp edition called Red Line.
Yes, there's room for Saturns to have some spark. But the company would be far better off getting the basics right first.