The history of Saturn is one that is tragically short, relatively speaking, filled with some success and plenty of broken promises, and that was tremendously expensive, even by today’s standards. The 1990 Saturn SC was one of the two models initially offered (the other being a small sedan), and was an OK car. It was criticized for being a little rough around the edges, particularly at the beginning, but that sorted itself out (with more money, I’m sure). The bottom line is that GM wanted to beat the Japanese and other imported car manufacturers at their own game, and they didn’t do everything right in that regards. Still, the Saturn SC wasn’t a bad-looking car.
The Saturn SC was powered by an all-new, 1.9-liter, 16-valve four cylinder engine that produced 123 horsepower. Performance was tolerably good, with a 0-60 time if 8.8 seconds and a top speed of 112 miles per hour. Power was delivered to the front wheels through a five-speed manual transmission, and the car had an independent struts suspension on all four wheels. Handling was surprisingly good!
The 1990 Saturn SC was but the first of a long line of Saturn models, and set the tone for almost 20 years of production, with some models being more memorable than others.