For 2007, the Saturn Relay’s feature list slims down: the 3.5-litre V6 that was the base engine in 2006 has been discontinued, and the 3.9-litre V6 is now standard on all models. All-wheel drive has also been dropped; all models are now front-wheel drive. New standard features include StabiliTrak stability control on all models, and 17-inch wheels and dual-zone manual climate control with individual settings for driver and front passenger on the Uplevel model. There are four new exterior colours: Cosmic Quartz, Polar Blue Metallic, Gold Mist and Cocoa.

Available in extended-wheelbase configuration only, the Relay is one of four versions, alongside the Chevrolet Uplander, Buick Terraza and the Pontiac Montana SV6, which becomes a Canadian-only model for 2007. Like its siblings, it uses metal body panels, instead of Saturn’s famous dent-resistant polymer plastic panels. Canadian trim levels are Base, Value and Uplevel (the Relay is sold in the U.S. market as the Relay2 and Relay3). Although it’s a minivan, GM prefers to call it a “crossover sport van”; its nose is more SUV-like, but it’s got sliding doors.

For fleet sales, a flexible fuel version of the Relay will be available later in the year, capable of running on E85 (85 per cent ethanol, 15 per cent gasoline).

Standard features include power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, power heated mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control, 50/50 folding third row bench seat, fold-flat second-row seats, 17-inch wheels, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, and an overhead rail system that allows owners to snap in accessories, including an optional DVD system.

Available options include PhatNoise entertainment system, which can play video games, music and movies downloaded from a computer; power-sliding passenger door; navigation radio; a “toy box” that fits between the second-row seats; six-CD/MP3 stereo; leather interior and OnStar.

The Relay is a pleasant vehicle to drive, with responsive, car-like handling; the larger V6 is a good mate to the vehicle, especially if you fill all seven seats regularly. It has the large interior volume of a minivan, with plenty of legroom in the second row and enough for third-row passengers on short hauls. On the down side, it’s bulky and cumbersome to park, and the optional rear parking assist is very handy for overcoming the Relay’s relatively poor rearward visibility.

For 2007, the Saturn Relay’s feature list slims down: the 3.5-litre V6 that was the base engine in 2006 has been discontinued, and the 3.9-litre V6 is now standard on all models. All-wheel drive has also been dropped; all models are now front-wheel drive. New standard features include StabiliTrak stability control on all models, and 17-inch wheels and dual-zone manual climate control with individual settings for driver and front passenger on the Uplevel model. There are four new exterior colours: Cosmic Quartz, Polar Blue Metallic, Gold Mist and Cocoa.

Available in extended-wheelbase configuration only, the Relay is one of four versions, alongside the Chevrolet Uplander, Buick Terraza and the Pontiac Montana SV6, which becomes a Canadian-only model for 2007. Like its siblings, it uses metal body panels, instead of Saturn’s famous dent-resistant polymer plastic panels. Canadian trim levels are Base, Value and Uplevel (the Relay is sold in the U.S. market as the Relay2 and Relay3). Although it’s a minivan, GM prefers to call it a “crossover sport van”; its nose is more SUV-like, but it’s got sliding doors.

For fleet sales, a flexible fuel version of the Relay will be available later in the year, capable of running on E85 (85 per cent ethanol, 15 per cent gasoline).

Standard features include power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, power heated mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control, 50/50 folding third row bench seat, fold-flat second-row seats, 17-inch wheels, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, and an overhead rail system that allows owners to snap in accessories, including an optional DVD system.

Available options include PhatNoise entertainment system, which can play video games, music and movies downloaded from a computer; power-sliding passenger door; navigation radio; a “toy box” that fits between the second-row seats; six-CD/MP3 stereo; leather interior and OnStar.

The Relay is a pleasant vehicle to drive, with responsive, car-like handling; the larger V6 is a good mate to the vehicle, especially if you fill all seven seats regularly. It has the large interior volume of a minivan, with plenty of legroom in the second row and enough for third-row passengers on short hauls. On the down side, it’s bulky and cumbersome to park, and the optional rear parking assist is very handy for overcoming the Relay’s relatively poor rearward visibility.

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