2008 Saturn Aura

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Available Price Range $3,305-$10,033 Trims3 Combined MPG 21-27 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2008 Saturn Aura

Our Take

Introduced for 2007, Saturn's Aura midsize sedan gains a new base engine for 2008 — a 2.4-liter four-cylinder — that joins the two V-6s from last year. Electronic stability control... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Sub-par interior quality
  • Extra-large steering wheel
  • Powertrain whine (3.6-liter V-6)

Notable Features

  • Newly available four-cylinder
  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Optional power adjustable pedals
  • Optional OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation


Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in October 2006 about the XE and XR versions of the 2007 Saturn Aura. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what details are different this year, check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. Serving as a replacement for the forgettable L-Series, the new Saturn Aura marks a renewed attempt by the brand to es... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

4.2 out of 5

Based on 25 reviews

From worst to best

by Jack from NH on October 29, 2010

I recently traded a 2006 Mercury Montego for a 2008 Saturn Aura. I've owned vehicles for 65 years, and this one is by far, the best, with the Mercury being very close to the worst. In addition to exce... Read Full Review

3 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 5 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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