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2007 Saturn Aura Sedan

4dr Sdn XE

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  • $20,345 original MSRP
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2007 Saturn Aura Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2007 Saturn Aura Sedan

The much-lauded new Aura line stands out from mid-size competitors like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord because of its European-influenced styling inside and out, and for its interior design and materials. The base XE stands out for its generous standard features and affordable entry price, while the Green Line is priced only $1700 higher, and stands as the lowest-priced hybrid vehicle available in the U.S. market for 2007. The top XR brings more sport sedan appeal while still costing less than $25,000.

What's new for 2007?

The Saturn Aura is an all-new mid-size sedan for 2007, replacing the L-Series. The Aura boasts more design-savvy appeal than the plainly styled L-Series, with a contemporary appearance and premium interior features, while the new Green Line model boasts an impressive EPA fuel economy figure of 35 mpg highway. The top Aura XR features a new six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-positioned paddles. Unlike former Saturn models, the Aura is a steel-bodied car and does not have the plastic body panels that were originally a selling point for Saturns.

Model Strengths

  • Interior appointments
  • model line offers both performance (XR) and gas mileage (Green Line)
  • value.

Model Review

Two models are offered for the standard 2007 Saturn Aura. The base XE model comes with a 3.5L pushrod V6, which makes 224 horsepower and is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. The uplevel, sporty XR gets a 252-horsepower, 3.6L DOHC V6 with a new six-speed automatic featuring TAPshift paddles, positioned next to the steering wheel, which allow the driver to easily select shifts manually.

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The new Aura midsize sedan from Saturn gives this General Motors division a good shot at capturing many new buyers, which financially troubled GM desperately needs.

One has been tempted in recent years to begin a review of a new Saturn model with the words "it's about time." That's because the automaker has introduced precious few significantly new or revamped vehicles since it began selling "import-fighter" cars in 1990.

About the best things one could say about Saturn, which sold a seemingly endless stream of mediocre autos, was that it developed a good "down-home American" image with its Tennessee-built cars—and that its dealers did a good job developing customer loyalty with such things as "no-haggle" pricing and good customer service.

But it's a new ball game now, with the need to develop genuinely competitive vehicles, especially because of stronger Japanese and South Korean competition.

That's not to say that Saturn's user-friendly dealer reputation won't hurt it. But few really give a darn anymore where cars are made—especially the younger buyers to which Saturn pitches most models.

In fact, the Aura comes from GM's highly rated Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kansas, and the Aura even lacks Saturn's traditional dent-resistant, rust-proof plastic body panels.

A Top GM Car
The 2007 Aura is the first midsize Saturn auto since the unsuccessful 2000-2004 :L-Series sedan, which is best forgotten. The Aura is among a new array of Saturns, which include its sharp Sky sports car, and—surprise!—is one of GM's top new cars.

Saturns always lacked the refinement to match Toyota or Honda models, but the Aura in upscale $23,945 XR trim drives much like an upscale foreign sports sedan, despite its front-wheel-drive layout. It has such features as a potent 252-horsepower dual overhead camshaft V6, supple ride and polished handling with a sport suspension.

The base $19,945 XE Aura doesn't match the XR because it has an old-style 224-horsepower pushrod V6, fewer features and small 17-inch (vs. the XR's 18-inch) wheels. But the XE is pretty good and is loaded with equipment.

Let's put it this way: The smoother, more responsive and faster XR is outstanding in many respects, and the XE is a very nice car that should satisfy most average drivers.

Both Aura engines have nearly the same estimated fuel economy: 20 mpg in the city and 29 on highways with the lower-horsepower V6 and 20 and 28 with the stronger V6. Only regular-grade fuel is required.

Hybrid Coming
A gas/electric hybrid Aura with a 4-cylinder engine will be offered later in the 2007 model year.

The Aura shares some 60 percent of its parts with the decent Pontiac G6 and Chevrolet Malibu Maxx. However, its attractive mainstream styling, stylish cockpit and driving dynamics separate it from those cars.

Good Roadability
For one thing, the Aura's firm, accurate hydraulic-boosted power steering feels better and is more precise than the electric power steering assist in the base Malibu.

The XE has good handling, but the XR is more responsive. Some may go for the XE's slightly softer ride. But the XR's tauter suspension isn't uncomfortable, even on poorly paved roads. The anti-lock all-disc brakes felt good, with a progressive pedal action for smooth stops.

The quiet, roomy interior contains fairly supportive front seats, although the rear seat has a high, hard center area. Large, legible gauges can be quickly read, and controls are easy to reach and use. The ignition switch is on the dashboard, not out of sight on the steering column. But wide windshield posts partially block visibility when turning corners.

Roomy Trunk
The roomy trunk has a wide opening, with a lid that pops up smoothly on struts. But it was difficult to flip the seatbacks forward on my test car's split-folding rear seat to get more cargo room. I had to pull up slightly on the seatbacks before a yank on their small pull-tabs let them be moved forward. A Saturn spokesman expressed surprise at the need to pull up the seatbacks before using the tabs.

Well Equipped
The XE and XR are solidly built. They have plenty of comfort, convenience and safety equipment, including air conditioning, cruise control, good sound systems and the usual power accessories. They also have OnStar assistance, front-seat side airbags and side-curtain airbags.

The XE has an old-fashioned 4-speed automatic transmission, while the XR features a modern, responsive 6-speed automatic, although its steering-wheel-paddles for manual shifting are superfluous for most driving. An anti-skid system is standard for the XR, but unavailable for the XE. Both trim levels have traction control.

Sensible Option Packages
The XR also has automatic climate control, 8-way power driver seat and standard heated cloth front seats. The XR's remote engine start and heated seats are in a $700 option package for the XE.

Every driver isn't the same size, so it's nice that a $425 package contains power-adjustable pedals for various leg and torso lengths, along with a power adjustable passenger seat.

A power sunroof costs $800 and a power panoramic sunroof is $1,5,00. Satellite radio also is available.

Saturn says the Aura is a European-influenced import fighter for "import intenders" who have a "progressive mindset." Presumably, it's referring to folks who don't have an anti-Detroit prejudice. The new Saturn certainly deserves to be given a good look by anyone in the market for a midsize sedan.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std

Security

Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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Saturn Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile¹ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile² Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile³ Powertrain Limited Warranty for model years up to 2014.

¹Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

²Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

³Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2010 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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