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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Kansas City Aura Plant Approves GM Contract

The UAW strike that brought Saturn's Aura midsize sedan to a screeching halt earlier this month is finally over. "We're certainly happy to be able to resume production of the Malibu and Aura," GM spokesman Dan Flores told the Detroit News in an article earlier today.