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2009 Saturn Aura
2009 Saturn Aura
Available Price Range $3,396-$9,916 Trims3 Combined MPG 21-27 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2009 Saturn Aura

Our Take

Saturn's Aura midsize sedan gained a new base engine for 2008 - a 2.4-liter four-cylinder - which replaced the 3.5-liter V-6 as the base engine. The Aura is available in three trim levels: XE (four-cylinder), XE (V-6) and XR, as well as a hybrid version that is listed separately in the Cars.... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Interior quality
  • Extra-large steering wheel
  • Powertrain whine (V-6)

Notable Features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard stability system
  • Optional OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

The great success of the redesigned Chevrolet Malibu maybe overshadowing another General Motors vehicle that's equally as good: the Saturn Aura.Built on the same architecture as the redesigned 2008 Malibu, the Aura actually arrived a year earlier, as an '07 model.Those who have bought the Aura are its biggest supporters, with most of them agreeing that it's one of the best midsiz... Read full review for the 2009 Saturn Aura

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Consumer Reviews

4.8

Average based on 27 reviews

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Wish they we're going to continue to make this veh

by Macattack from Cincinnati on July 15, 2010

6 speed auto gives me 29 mpg and even with the v6. This car is very stylish and love to drive it! Has all kinds of power and the heated seats are great. The tilt wheel is useless cause it barely moves... 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.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Saturn Aura XE 4-Cylinder

Head Restraints and Seats
M
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Saturn Aura XE 4-Cylinder

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
M
Overall Rear
M
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
A

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
A
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Saturn Aura XE 4-Cylinder

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Saturn Aura XE 4-Cylinder

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

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

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/100,000mi

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

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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