8.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: N/A
Safety: 9.4
Reliability:
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2009 Saturn Aura Hybrid Review

The 2009 Saturn Aura Hybrid can’t match the fuel economy of other midsize hybrid cars. Tie-in the Aura Hybrid’s sluggish performance and auto critics agreed that other choices are significantly better than the Aura Hybrid.

Pros & Cons

  • Big trunk compared with other hybrids
  • Attractive styling
  • Poor fuel economy for a hybrid
  • Mediocre performance
  • Cheap interior materials

2009 Saturn Aura Hybrid Overview

The 2009 Saturn Aura Hybrid doesn’t have much going for it, but when it was new, test drivers liked the practicality and comfort of the interior and the appealing exterior design. The Aura Hybrid also has a trunk that is larger than competing hybrids.

Unfortunately, that’s where the praises ended. The Aura Hybrid’s fuel economy of 26/34 mpg city/highway is only slightly better than the gas-only Aura, and its city fuel economy is much lower than hybrid rivals. Reviewers also disliked its engine, which they said was sluggish and underpowered. Auto critics were particularly disappointed because the Aura Hybrid’s fuel economy wasn’t good enough to make up for its lackluster performance. On the inside, reviewers were also disappointed with its cheap materials and subpar build quality.

The Saturn Aura Hybrid has a small electric motor and four-cylinder engine, which is paired to a four-speed automatic transmission. Six airbags, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control are standard on the 2009 Aura Hybrid.

See the full 2009 Saturn Aura Hybrid specs »

Other Cars to Consider

The highly-ranked 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid gets much better fuel economy than the Saturn Aura Hybrid. Though the Camry Hybrid has a smaller trunk, test drivers said its interior was spacious and packed with features. The Camry Hybrid was also well-liked when it was new for its confident handling and smooth acceleration.

The 2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid is a much better choice if you want a hybrid that’s big enough for your family without sacrificing performance. Auto critics agreed that the Altima Hybrid out-performs the Saturn Aura Hybrid in nearly every aspect and offers much better fuel economy. The Altima Hybrid also beats the Aura Hybrid with a cabin reviewers said was one of the most upscale and comfortable in the class.

Compare the Aura Hybrid to the Camry Hybrid and Altima Hybrid »

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