Summary, Prices, Specs

By June 22, 2008

Summary

The 2008 Saturn Aura is a classy, mid-size family sedan that compares well to the best cars in the class, namely the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Aura combines European driving dynamics with contemporary styling and a nice interior. It's easy to drive and safe. The Aura XR is smooth and powerful with its V6, while the Aura XE gets an EPA-rated 22/30 mpg. The hybrid-powered Green Line is rated at 24/32 mpg yet delivers strong, responsive performance.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Saturn Aura XE ($19,745); XR ($25,375); Green Line hybrid ($22,140)
Engines:2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4; 219-hp 3.5-liter OHV 12-valve V6; 252-hp 3.6-liter DOHC 24-valve V6; 164-hp 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 plus 4kW electric motor
Transmissions:4-speed automatic; 6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):frontal airbags, side-impact airbags, curtain airbags for first and second rows; traction control, ABS
Safety equipment (optional):electronic stability control
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000
Assembled in:Kansas City, Kansas
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Saturn Aura XR ($25,375)
Standard equipment:cloth upholstery, 8-way power adjustable driver seat, heated front seats, electronic climate control, 8-speaker sound system with in-dash 6CD/MP3, XM radio, cruise control, remote engine start, power windows, power locks, tilt/telescope steering wheel, universal garage door opener, trip computer, heated exterior mirrors with auto-dimming on driver's side, auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, fog lamps, 18-inch wheels
Options as tested (MSPR):Enhanced Convenience Package ($425) includes a 6-way power passenger seat and power adjustable pedals; premium floor mats ($100);
Destination charge:$650
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$26550
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:3.6-liter DOHC 24-valve V6
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):252 @ 6300
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):251 @ 3200
Transmission:6-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:17/26 mpg
Wheelbase:112.3 in.
Length/width/height:190.0/70.3/57.6 in.
Track, f/r:59.9/60.3 in.
Turning circle:40.4 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:39.4/53.0/42.2 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.4/52.2/37.6 in.
Cargo volume:14.9 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:1000 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, MacPherson struts, L-shaped lower arms, coil springs, hydraulic shocks, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:independent, four-link, coil springs, hydraulic shocks, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance:N/A
Curb weigth:3647 lbs.
Tires:P225/50R18
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/solid disc with ABS
Fuel capacity:16.3 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of June 22, 2008.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-522-5000 - www.Saturn.com