Our 2009 Saturn Aura XR 2.4L 6 speed now has 31,000 miles and we still love it. It still compares well with it's sleek exterior to newer models from Toyota, Honda, GM, Ford, Nissan and Kia.
The interior is very up scale with leather seats and contrasting trim, plus there are luxury items you might expect only on pricier cars. From the 6 CD XM radio that plays regular CDs or mp3 with song titles and other info, to the dual front power seats the car is comfortable, sporty, and up scale.
We also have had excellent follow up service from out local Chevrolet/Cadillac/Buick dealership for all regular maintenance and even a warranty replacement recently on the driver side door arm rest.
Sleek up scale exterior and interior. Great gas mileage at 22 to 24 (summer/winter) city and 33 to 38 actual mpg on longer highway trips. 2.4L has plenty of power even on the highway for passing. Not a hot rod, but no slouch either. Reliability has been great with no repairs other than maintenance in 31,000 miles and 3+ years. Daily driver for wife and also used for trips form Wisconsin to Florida, out East, and routine urban freeway to cities 70 to 80 miles away. Firestone FR710 tires are still good, but will probably replace this Fall for safe winter driving. (est. 39,000 miles then).
In winter when the tires and suspension is stiffer, road noise from cracks and bumps in the pavement is transmitted inside the cabin. I have found this to be true of most "unibody" frameless cars we've had from Toyota, Nissan, Izuzu, Subaru, other GM (Chevy Citation, Lumina and Ford Taurus) and some others. Only my 1993 Pontiac Bonneville was quiet with little or no "road thump" from tires. The Saturn Aura rides more quiet in Summer when tires and suspension are more pliable.
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