A carry-over from 2007, the Aura is a four-door five-passenger family sedan – the largest of the Saturn line-up. The Aura is offered in three trim levels. The XE features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder 164 horsepower engine; the XR features a 3.5-liter VVT V6 that generates 224 horsepower; and the Green Line Spec features a 3.6-liter VVT DOHC V6 that generates 252 horsepower. The XE and XR offer a four-speed automatic with a six-speed automatic on the Green Line.Read more Read less
The introduction of a new XE four-cylinder model is the big news for Saturn's Aura line in 2008. Otherwise, all Auras get XM satellite radio, the XE V6 now has electronic stability control standard, and XE and XR models get a Driver Information Center with real-time fuel economy display. The optional Convenience Package now adds a heated, auto-dimming driver outside mirror, and the Ebony/Morocco Premium Trim Package now includes embossed accents on the steering wheel, shifter, and door inserts. There have also been some changes to the color palette: Red Jewel Tintcoat, Carbon Finish, and Deep Blue replace Berry Red, Onyx Black, and Midnight Blue.
Ride and handling; interior comfort; looks and feels more upscale than its price indicates; performance (XR); fuel efficiency (four-cylinder and Green Line).
With the addition of a base XE four-cylinder model, the 2008 Saturn Aura is now an even better deal than before and offers something for all types of sedan buyers, standing out as an especially sophisticated and sporty--yet frugal--sedan. At the other end of the line, the XR model, with its more powerful V6 and six-speed automatic, offers a driving experience that rivals that of luxury-brand sedans costing much more. The Green Line, as well, is attractive--and attractively priced--for those who want to minimize their fuel bills and energy use yet need a roomy sedan.