When it was introduced, the Saturn SL2 was its highest trim level compact sedan. It included a standard dual overhead cam 1.9L 4-cylinder engine making 124hp, and achieving about 30mpg. While not a performer at the track, it did lead its competitors in bang-for-your-buck. A refresh to the design in 1996 gave the small sedan a curvier look, improving its appeal in the market. It retained the same engine, but technological advancements and some DOT and EPA regulations brought advancements to the vehicle's safety and emissions. Almost all Saturn SL2 parts are unique to their sedan line, and not shared with other GM cars. Fun fact: The first Saturn ever produced with a SL2, and was given to GM CEO Roger Bonham Smith on the day he retired.