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2009 Saturn Aura Sedan

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2009 Saturn Aura Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Saturn Aura Sedan

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.

What's new for 2009?

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 The 3.5L V6 engine in the Aura XR V6 has been replaced by a 3.6L V6 engine with variable valve timing, generating 252 hp.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.

Model Strengths

  • 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.

Model Review

The 2009 Saturn Aura is offered in four different trims, each well equipped but with its own distinct features. At the low end of the price range is the Aura XE, which comes with a fuel-efficient 169-hp 2.4L 4-cylinder engine and new-for-2009 6-speed automatic transmission. The Aura XR 4-cylinder makes use of the same powertrain, but features much of the same interior equipment of the XR V6. The most luxurious model in the range is that XR V6, which features a 3.6L V6 with variable valve timing. It produces 252 hp and is fitted to a 6-speed automatic. TAPShift paddle shifters come standard on all XE and XR Auras.

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Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com's editors drove the new Saturn Aura in order to give you an expert opinion. TheCarConnection.com also researched available road tests on the new Saturn Aura to produce this conclusive review and to help you find the truth where other reviews might differ.

In a matter of just a few years, GM transformed Saturn into a brand that only slightly resembles the cars of its past, and the addition of the Aura in 2007 was a big part of Saturn's metamorphosis.

The exterior of the 2009 Saturn Aura features a broad-shouldered crease running from the headlights to the jewel-like taillights and giving the car a sculptured character equal to, if not better than, many other mainline sedans available. The design still feels quite fresh, even though it's now three years old.

For 2009 Saturn builds on the Aura lineup's character by discontinuing the up-level 3.5-liter V-6-equipped XE model and introducing a new XR model sporting all the amenities of the discontinued XE but with the more fuel-efficient Ecotec 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Joining the four-cylinder XR are the returning 2.4-liter, four-cylinder XE and the 3.6-liter, V-6 XR. The Aura Hybrid model offers a mild hybrid system for increased fuel economy and is covered by TheCarConnection.com in a separate review.

The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine has a reasonable 169 horsepower. The aluminum-alloy 3.6-liter V-6 engine makes 252 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque; with it, the Aura can get to 60 mph in less than seven seconds and delivers EPA estimates of 17 mpg city, 26 highway. Both 2009 Saturn Aura models come with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive; the transmission includes TAPShift, which allows drivers to manually change gears via steering-wheel-mounted paddles.

Shoppers who don't have high expectations for acceleration will probably be fine with the standard four-cylinder engine in the 2009 Saturn Aura. It's perky around town but not as energetic in high-speed passing, and it can be coarse-sounding when accelerating. The V-6 is another story; it's one of GM's smoothest V-6 engines and brings a responsive feel throughout the rev band. Handling is quite good in the Aura, reflecting the direct influence of GM's German operation, Opel. Even on tight, fast turns, the Aura delivers very little body roll.

Inside the cabin the cloth interior is well executed. Seating is comfortable and supportive in the 2009 Saturn Aura. There's plenty of room in the rear, the spaciousness enhanced by extra knee room carved into the front seatbacks. Some testers feel the rear-seat cushion is too low and flat, while others gripe about the panel that covers the back of the front seats; its quality isn't up to the rest of the interior. Also, the "wood" on the dashboard and doors is a little too unconvincing. At 80 mph, the Aura's cabin remains surprisingly quiet.

The new four-cylinder 2009 Saturn Aura XR features amenities such as leather seating, alloy wheels, and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity (optional on XE and hybrid Preferred models). Even the base XE comes with a few more features than rival base sedans, such as cruise control, keyless entry, and a trip computer among the standard items. Top options on the V-6 XR include a sunroof and a rear-seat audio package with wireless headphones. A navigation system isn't offered on the Aura.

The Saturn Aura has done very well in crash tests, with top ratings in all major U.S. frontal and side tests. Front side airbags, side-curtain bags, and anti-lock brakes are standard, and StabiliTrak electronic stability control is newly standard on all Aura models for 2009.


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Saturn Aura is a neat-looking and responsive mid-size 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

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/100,000 Miles

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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