Saturn AURA is yet another hybrid family sedan that promises good fuel economy, hence the tag green line. The manufacturers claim that even if you go green, you can still have excellent fuel economy and a great drive together. The 2008 Saturn AURA Green line hybrid is one of the latest models, though a carryover from the year 2007, with more sophisticated controls for better handling and performance. This particular hybrid is available only in 1 trim, which is as a family sedan model.
The 164 hp engine of the Saturn AURA hybrid Green Line achieves a fuel economy of 24 miles per gallon in the average city road condition and about 32 miles per gallon on the highways. This family sedan comes with a comfortable and standard 4 speed automatic transmission, with overdrive. After a series of flops, is it safe to trust General Motors with a hybrid model launch? The answer turns out to be debatable according to many people. While we agree with the value for money design, we do not agree that people purchase hybrids to save cash. Even though the car is affordable at $22,695, it does not seem to match the hybrids of rivals.
But does it mean thumbs down for the model? Not yet. The car offers better technology than rivals, at low pricing. The cabin is comfortable and the styling neat. It is not so much in the running for performance rates, but it is not worth ignoring either. The exteriors are pleasing and the interiors roomy, so this bodes well for the car’s convenience factor. Reviewers feel that styling, convenience and pricing are the highlights of this 2008 Saturn AURA Green line Hybrid. The AURA sedan ahs already been appreciated by the customers, and the hybrid AURA is not lagging behind either. It turns out that many buyers do want to go green and save cash, while buying a well styled convenient family sedan that suits the purpose of routine in-city travel.
Engine: 3 out of 5….. Not a remarkably good engine, but scores well considering the fuel economy.
Transmission: 3 out of 5…. Standard automatic transmission, as with its cousin models.
Handling: 3 out of 5… decent handling mechanism for a family sedan.
Safety: 4 out of 5 … good safety features. Reliable car.
Value 3 out of 5… Pricing is neat at about $22,000 and the hybrid sedan is quite okay for the average household.
Body: family sedan with 4 doors and 5 passenger capacity.
Engine: 2.4 liter, I4, 164 hp hybrid engine.
Transmission: standard 4 speed automatic transmission with overdrive
Torque: 159 at 5000 rpm (ft-lbs)
Power: the car provides a performance of 164 hp at 6400 rpm
Tires: rack and pinion steering controlled 16 inch radial tires of type passenger.
Verdict: on the whole, this car is quite stylish, convenient, packed with standard features, good on safety and excellent on fuel economy. But the car is not such a trend setter in most aspects.
For: fuel economy, convenience, styling and price
Against: not a good enough hybrid for rough roads