Edmunds: Saturn Astra Selected by Consumers as the Best "Coupe Under $25k"

Edmunds 'Consumer Top Rated' Award

Earlier this week, Edmunds.com announced the winners of the first Edmunds Consumers' Top Rated vehicle awards. The website asked consumers to rate vehicles in eight different categories: performance, comfort, fuel economy, fun to drive, interior design, exterior design, build quality and reliability. All 2008 vehicle models that received the required minimum number of consumer ratings as of April 30, 2008 were eligible.

"These awards are made possible by consumers who submit reviews on new or used vehicles they own," said Karl Brauer, Editor in Chief of Edmunds.com. "They are the result of real-world driving and ownership impressions."

Among manufacturers, Audi led the pack, winning four awards, while Toyota, Lexus and Chevrolet tied for second place, each winning two awards. Saturn's Astra XR 3-door sport compact hatchback was winner in the "Coupe Under $25,000" category.

Here's what Edmunds had to say about the Astra:

In the past few years, Saturn has completely revamped its product lineup. The effort seems to have paid off, as the new 2008 Astra is our Consumer Top Rated winner for Coupe Under $25,000. The Astra is sold as a two-door or a four-door hatchback, but it's the sharply styled Astra XR two-door that took honors here. European-influenced and built, the Astra comes equipped with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 140 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque. The Astra also comes standard with a full complement of safety features as well as 17-inch wheels and an upgraded stereo. Consumers have commented favorably about the car's upscale interior design and sporty handling. Though it's lacking a few upscale convenience features and needs a better cupholder design, the 2008 Saturn Astra is a compelling choice for a small hatchback.

The complete list of winning 2008 vehicles is as follows:

  • Convertible Under $35,000: Smart Fortwo

  • Convertible Over $35,000: Audi TT
  • Coupe Under $25,000: Saturn Astra
  • Coupe $25K-$35K: Audi TT
  • Coupe $35K-$45K: Audi A5
  • Coupe Over $45,000: Chevrolet Corvette
  • Sedan Under $15,000: Scion XD
  • Sedan $15K-$25K: Hyundai Azera
  • Sedan $25K-$35K: Toyota Avalon
  • Sedan $35K-$45K: Audi A6
  • Sedan Over $45,000: Lexus GS 460
  • Hybrid: Mercury Mariner Hybrid
  • SUV Under $25,000: Jeep Patriot
  • SUV $25K-$35K: Buick Enclave
  • SUV $35K-$45K: Lincoln MKX
  • SUV Over $45,000: Lexus LX 570
  • Compact Truck: Toyota Tacoma
  • Large Truck: Chevrolet Avalanche
  • Minivan/Van: Mazda Mazda5
  • Wagon Under $35,000: Volkswagen Passat
  • Wagon Over $35,000: Mercedes-Benz R-Class

You can read the full story over at Edmunds.com.

Source: Edmunds

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