For 2009, the Saturn Aura midsize sport sedan adds a new XR trim level with a 2.4L inline four-cylinder engine that produces 169 hp and 160 lb-ft of torque, paired to six-speed automatic transmission to help boost fuel economy; this powertrain is also available on the base XE. Alternatively, a more powerful 3.6L V6 engine with an output of 252 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque is available on the XR trim level. Both XR trim levels now feature standard leather-appointed heated seats, and Bluetooth hands-free technology is standard on XR and available on the XE. Inside, the Saturn Aura's roomy, five-passenger interior is distinguished by premium materials and excellent fit and finish. Saturn Aura fuel economy is EPA-rated at 22 mpg city/33 mpg hwy and 26 mpg in combined driving for the I4, but drops to 17/26/20 mpg for the V6. Standard safety features on the Saturn Aura include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Passenger sensors, new for 2009, improve front airbag deployment.Read more Read less
For 2009, the Saturn Aura has a few changes. The top-line XR model was V6 only in 2008, but a 2.4L 4-cylinder XR joins the Aura lineup. The 3.5L V6 engine in the Aura XR V6 has been replaced by a 3.6L V6 engine with variable valve timing, generating 252 hp. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard on all XE and XR Auras. Bluetooth hands-free access is now standard on XR trim, and optional on the XE. New exterior colors include Quick Silver, Polar White, Gold Mist, and Silver Moss.
Ride and handling; interior comfort; upscale look and feel; strong performance in the XR model; fuel efficiency in the 4-cylinder and Green Line models.
Now that the added luxury of the XR is available with the fuel-efficient 2.4L 4-cylinder, the 2009 Saturn Aura is an even better deal than before. It offers something for all types of sedan buyers and stands out as an especially sophisticated car that can be both sporty and frugal, depending on trim. In the Aura Green Line, buyers get an attractive--and attractively priced--hybrid, which means strong fuel efficiency in a modern, roomy sedan.