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2009 Saturn Aura Review

If you’re looking for a used midsize car that prioritizes performance over a high-quality cabin, the 2009 Saturn Aura should be on your short list. When it was new, test drivers said it was a well-rounded family car that handled like a European sedan, but they were let down by its substandard interior.  

Pros & Cons

  • Competent engines
  • Taut handling
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Cheap interior materials with subpar build quality

New for 2009

  • New six-speed automatic transmission
  • Bluetooth added to the options list
  • Electronic stability control became standard
  • New 3.6-liter V6 engine




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 9.4
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2009 Saturn Aura Overview

When the 2009 Saturn Aura was new, auto critics liked its performance the most, noting its taut handling, quiet highway ride, strong brakes and impressive power from the available V6 engine. Additionally, they liked the four-cylinder model’s respectable power and competitive fuel economy. The 2009 Aura also pleased reviewers with its spacious seating, intuitive interior controls and good trunk space.

If a high-quality cabin is important to you, the automotive press agreed that you may be disappointed by the Aura’s interior. They noticed cheap materials, hard plastics and wide panel gaps. Though the 2009 Saturn Aura has GM’s subscription-based OnStar turn-by-turn directions, there is no navigation system available on any model, which is a feature many used car shoppers are looking for these days. Another thing to consider is that since the Saturn brand has been discontinued, you may be able to buy a used Aura at a lower price than its rivals.

The Saturn Aura has a four-cylinder or V6 engine, and a six-speed automatic transmission. Six airbags, electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes are standard on the 2009 Aura.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2009 Hyundai Sonata is a good used midsize car to cross-shop against the 2009 Saturn Aura, particularly if you’re let down by the Aura’s lackluster interior. While reviewers liked the Sonata’s high-quality interior when it was new, its driving dynamics aren’t very engaging. However, its safety rating is better than the Aura’s, which helps make the Sonata a solid used family sedan. 

Test drivers agreed that the 2009 Saturn Aura’s performance is better than many of its rivals, but the 2009 Mazda6 outdoes the Aura in this respect. When it was new, reviewers said the Mazda6 was one of the sportiest midsize cars, with outstanding performance and agile handling. It was redesigned for 2009, and auto critics agreed that its sleek styling also made the Mazda6 one of the best-looking cars among its peers.

Compare the Aura to the Sonata and Mazda6 »

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