2009 Saturn Aura XR 4-Cylinder Test Drive Yields an Impressive 39 Highway MPG

Automotive Addict's Harvey Schwartz spent some time behind the wheel of Saturn's new 2009 Aura XR, now available with GM's tried-and-true 2.4L 4-cylinder powerplant and 6-speed automatic transmission. Schwartz thinks the three are a winning "no compromises" combination, as he was able to record an incredible 39 mpg on the highway. "With the segment-best non-hybrid fuel economy, roomy seating for up to five, contemporary styling, excellent ride and handling," he wrote, "it is no wonder that I really enjoyed my time behind the wheel of the new inline-four cylinder Saturn Aura XR."

Wait, you don't have to compromise and purchase a sub-compact car to achieve more than 30 mpg. You don't have to squeeze into your new ride to squeeze out the most mpg. The new, 2009 Saturn Aura XR mid-size sport sedan gives excellent mpg and more. With the 2.4 liter Ecotec inline four-cylinder engine mated to a new six-speed automatic transmission, you can expect to get EPA mileage rated specs of 22 mpg city, and 33 mpg highway, the best of any mid-size sedan. To further enhance fuel savings and provide a more engaging driving experience, the XR model is equipped with a six-speed transmission and TapShift, a feature that allows you to manually change gears with steering-wheel mounted paddles. Depending on how you drive your Aura, and the current traffic conditions, you can get up to 39 mpg highway and up to 26 mpg city. These numbers can really stretch your dollars.

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