With its typical fuel economy, the 2009 Saturn is not a very strong pretender for its principal rivals like the Toyota Camry Hybrid and the Nissan Altima Hybrid Similarly, when it’s about speed and quickness, the Aura Hybrid feels quite inferior to the astoundingly quick Toyota and Nissan. You may be thinking that it would be much cheaper than the others, but it is not so. With a $25,000 base price, it can’t help you to save a lot over Camry or the Alitma .You can save a mere sum of $700 over the Toyota Camry and $1,700 at the Altima.
This medium size family sedan will be available in one trim level. For some standard equipment, there are 17-inch wheels, cloth upholstery, automatic climate control, powerful accessories, a CD stereo supporting audio jack and satellite radio and a trip computer. While Bluetooth connectivity, heated mirrors, eight-way driver seat and steering-wheel-mounted audi control have been added as the Preferred Package.
There is a petite electric motor in this Aura Hybrid that help starting the four-cylinder 2.4-liter gasoline engine that can produce 164 horsepower itself and with the electric motor up to 169 horsepower.
According to the ratings of EPA fuel economy, it gathers 26mpg for city 34 for highway and 29 for combined. It is interesting to note that a lot cheaper Aura XE four-cylinder gives 22 mpg for city, 33 for highway with its 2009 automatic six-speed transmission.
So far safety is concerned; it includes the OnStar emergency communication system, antilock disc brakes and stability control as standard features for safety. Similarly, front-seat side and full-length side curtain airbags have also been included The Aura got a perfect five stars when it was tested for frontal and side impact crash by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
A nice mix of available replicated wood and metallic accents make the cabin layout quite charming, but some plastics look quite cheap for a car with such a price range. There is ample room for passengers front as well as rear and they will quite content with their stay, but there isn’t any center armrest for rear-seat passengers and it doesn’t suit a family sedan. Its trunk capacity is 13.1 cubic feet that is a bit larger the Camry and Altima.
In this Saturn Aura Hybrid reserved electric-assist power steering and economy-minded tires work together to extract most fun from the driving experience. The good thing about the Aura Hybrid is that its cabin remains quiet even you are at speed and it provides a pleased and acquiescent riding experience.