Road Tests

2009 Saturn Aura Review

2009 Saturn Aura XR

Rex Roy from the Car Connection: The exterior of the 2009 Saturn Aura features a broad-shouldered crease running from the headlights to the jewel-like taillights and giving the car a sculptured character equal to, if not better than, many other mainline sedans available. The design still feels quite fresh, even though it's now three years old.

2009 Saturn Vue Review

2008 Saturn Vue XR

Bengt Halvorson from the Car Connection: The Vue has an exterior design that's quite sporty and athletic, with prominent side gill vents and dual stainless steel exhaust tips in uplevel trims. Inside, the 2009 Saturn Vue offers comfortable seating for five with ample legroom, whereas its competitors often have small third-row seats. Front-seat design, however, could use more support. Typical for models in this class, the Vue's rear seats handily fold flat for a moderate expansion of cargo space. It should be mentioned that the Vue's cabin allows minimal road or wind noise to enter, making it one of the quietest interiors in its class.

Zippy Saturn Sky Deserves to Survive GM Woes

2009 Saturn Sky Red Line Ruby Red Limited Edition

Steven Cole Smith from the Orlando Sentinel: It's interesting that the test car, a 2009 Saturn Sky sports car, has only been on the market for a few years, but is the oldest product in the Saturn lineup. Based on the same platform as the similar Pontiac Solstice — another brand with an uncertain future — the Sky is a little more upscale than the Pontiac. New for 2009 in this particular model's trim package is a dark "ruby red" exterior with dark accent stripes on the hood and trunk. It's handsome but a bit understated, not a bad thing for a 260-horsepower sports car. It certainly drew more than its share of compliments.

2009 Aura XR 2.4L is a Low Key, Nice Car

Chris Jackson from Car Data: The 2009 Saturn Aura quickly claimed the dubious honor of the year's "Most Difficult Car to Find in a Crowded Parking Lot" award. It seemed like every time I left a store, a five-minute search would ensue to locate the wine-red vehicle. It's not that the roads are choked with Auras, or even that the car's styling is particularly forgettable.

Astra-nomical: Road Tripping in New Brunswick with a Saturn Astra

2009 Saturn Astra Brochure

Jamie Hunter from Driven: I couldn't have asked for a better car to experience a New Brunswick road trip. The vehicle's modern looks kept us cool in the city; its comfortable interior and smooth ride had us content on the open road; and it enabled us to check out some of eastern Canada's famous landmarks and attractions.

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.

Road Test: Kiss My Astra

Jill Ciminillo from the Chicago Sun Times: The exterior lines of the Astra are very sleek and smooth, both in the five-door and three-door models. I liked the bold Saturn grille, but it's the taillights that seal the deal. As another journalist passed me in the fast lane, I had a moment to ponder the (cough) Astra, and it was stunning.

Saturn Astra a "Joy to Drive"

David Chao for Canada's Surrey Now: In general, cars designed in Europe and modified for North American consumption don't survive the transition very well. That's both unfortunate and fortunate, because the vehicles often lose a lot of what makes them exciting, but gain improved bumpers and other equipment to meet our stricter safety and emissions requirements.

The Glow of Fuel Economy: 2009 Aura XR 2.4L

2009 Saturn Aura Brochure

John Matras from the Auto Review Examiner: In a test loop that contained highway and intermediate speed roads with hills and some stop-and-go, we recorded 31.8 mpg. In primarily heavy urban driving we couldn't do better than 21.8 mpg, so actually, our gas mileage isn't that far off from the EPA estimate of 22/33.

Road Test: 2009 Saturn Vue 2-Mode Hybrid

2009 Vue 2 Mode Green Line Hybrid

John Matras from the Auto Review Examiner: General Motors wants you to know that the 2009 Saturn Vue 2 Mode Hybrid is the "world's most fuel-efficient V-6 SUV." That's the glass half full. The other half of the glass is that the Saturn Vue 2 Mode Hybrid is, in our view, the world's most powerful fuel-efficient compact SUV. So forget about the old half-full/half-empty conundrum. The Saturn Vue 2 Mode Hybrid is a glass full to the brim. It's the first smaller-vehicle application of the two-mode hybrid technology developed as a joint project between GM, Chrysler and BMW.

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AMP Taking Orders for Electric Sky Conversions

Electric Saturn Sky

After one year development, an Ohio company is now taking orders to convert a gasoline-powered Saturn Skys to 100% electric power. The company, Advanced Mechanical Products (AMP), is replacing the combustion drivetrain with electric motors, safe lithium batteries, and proprietary control software. "The prototype is in the final stage, and production will take place later this year, with deliveries beginning in 2009," said Jack Kuntz, AMP CEO.