2009 Saturn Aura XR4 Test Drive

2009 Saturn Aura XR

If gasoline prices have made any dent in our thinking, it's that there's no longer any shame in driving four-cylinder cars. For the most part, fours are now as powerful as V6 engines used to be. But even if we're willing to give up extra cylinders, many of us don't want to give up extra features. That's why automakers are responding by upping the items included, such as on my tester, the Saturn Aura XR4. It's a new trim line for 2009; previously, the four-cylinder was only available as the entry-level XE.

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A Letter from Jill Lajdziak to Saturn Owners Regarding GM’s Decision to Shutdown the Brand

Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak

Of all the letters I have written this past year, this one is the most difficult. I want to begin by thanking all of you for your support over this last year. Your loyalty to Saturn motivated my team to work very hard to try to find a way for this brand to continue. The many e-mails, calls and personal notes provided the inspiration to all of us at Saturn. By now I'm sure you have heard that the sale of Saturn to the Penske Automotive Group could not be finalized. As a result, the Saturn brand will now be phased out over time.