My 2008 had that upgrade and the difference is night and day! Also standard is an automatic passenger sensing system for the front passenger seat; it suppresses the activation of the passenger-side frontal air bag if it detects a child or smaller-stature person in that seating position. It was a larger Borg Warner Turbo giving you 300hp vs 260hp standard in the Red Line. We would have liked more lateral support while cornering, but the seats are otherwise comfortable and a definite improvement compared with the previous model's. Ambient cabin illumination enhances the upscale feel at night. Proportions on both body styles suggest an enthusiastic driving experience, with the wheels pushed to the corners and subtle fender flares wrapped tightly around the tires for a tailored stance. The standard powertrain combination in all models is the 1. The car impresses on a few fronts.
The car impresses on a few fronts. Regardless, it ranks well within its class and ranks within the top third of. . We expect the Aura to maintain resale value better than the Sonata and Fusion, but not as well as industry-standards Accord and Camry. I got the car in February, it was not cleaned out and had a cigarette smell in it that took 5mths to get out.
I'm not on the bus. An available glass roof is made of four pieces three of which can be retracted and includes a power sunshade. Antoine, Ed Loh, Scott Mortara, Julia LaPalme, and I are going to need some seriously distillated java-juice to shake off our lunch-induced stupors and formulate some conclusions about these cars. The waiter at the Star Caf, just north of L. It places in the bottom half of its class for fuel economy, which will undoubtedly hurt its value proposition in a world of hyper-expensive gasoline. There are still details to be polished, but to compare the Aura's interior with that of earlier Saturns is to contrast two different automotive eras.
Send Mike an Hide full review. Where it struggles is on the inside, with an interior that has too many problems to be considered among the best in the segment. The Saturn Astra will be offered in three-door and five-door models, each underpinned by a taught, European-bred suspension that delivers a sharp, responsive driving experience. The system has two available configurations: the standard 15:1 ratio on five-door models and a 14:1 Sport ratio standard on the three-door; optional on five-doors. Other new models include the all-new Aura sedan, the redesigned Vue compact crossover - including the Vue Green Line hybrid - and the Outlook crossover.
Serving as a replacement for the forgettable L-Series, the new Saturn Aura marks a renewed attempt by the brand to establish itself in the midsize sedan market. The mere availability of the unique Morocco Brown leather package furthers the Aura's contemporary image. While its styling is appealing, I miss the aggressiveness of the version from a few auto shows ago. In place of a traditional in-dash navigation system, the Aura is available with OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation. I raced a new Mustang 5. Power comes from a 1. In keeping with the sporty dynamics of the chassis, it takes some effort to turn the steering wheel.
It is packed with a wide range of standard equipment and safety features, and delivers sporty performance with very good fuel economy. Safety As of publication, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety had not tested the Aura. To see what details are different this year, check out a of the two model years. When the rear seat is folded, the five-door Astra offers 44. To this point, all of our drives in the second-generation Vue have been in models equipped with the 3. Although the Aura shares a platform with the Pontiac G6, Saturn's version feels significantly more refined inside, outside and on the road. Despite the athletic styling and eager stance, we weren't sure exactly what to expect from the Aura once we got behind the wheel.
Steering, throttle and brake response were all in line with our expectations for the category. Details include a continuation of the exterior's center hood crease on to the center of the instrument panel, as well as a V-shaped center stack motif that also complements the design language of the exterior. The Astra offers technologies to provide an agile, yet comfortable, driving experience. Voice guidance is provided through the audio system. Joining the lineup this year is a gas-electric Aura hybrid dubbed the Aura Green Line.
Similarly, the collapsible foot pedals move during a crash to reduce the risk of leg or ankle injuries. Opt Opt Axle, Front, 2491-lb Cap Std Std Axle, Rear, 2822-lb Cap Std Std Battery, 650-cca Std Std Engine Start, Remote Control Pkg Pkg Fuel Tank, 19. All models convey the Astra's sporting character through firm, well-supported seats and a thick, three-spoke steering wheel with rake and telescopic adjustments. Interior design and features Bold design, refinement and precise execution are the hallmarks of the Saturn Astra's interior, which envelops passengers in a contemporary environment that maximizes space and comfort. There are rough plastic edges on the glove box, front door pockets and a dash storage cubby, as well as questionable faux stitching accents on the door armrests. The optional leather front seats are firm but comfortable, though very tall drivers might wish for more rearward seat travel. Every Vue also has stability control and six air bags.