Road Tests

Green Car Journal Tests the 2009 Vue 2-Mode Hybrid, Says it Will be Priced "Under $33,000"

Todd Kaho, from consumer magazine Green Car Journal, recently had an opportunity to drive one of the first 2009 Saturn 2-Mode Hybrid sport-utilities on the streets outside of General Motors' proving ground in Milford, Michigan. Mr. Kaho was not only impressed with the Vue's on-road performance, but with its real-world fuel economy.

Flashback Friday: MotorWeek 1992 Small Coupe Comparison Test

It's hard to believe that it was more than 15 years ago when MotorWeek compared what host John Davis described as "a new class of subcompacts called econo-sports." Television's automotive magazine compared the '92 Saturn SC coupe to the Hyundai Scoupe, Toyota Paseo, Geo Storm, and Nissan NX1600.

Saturn Astra a Nimble and Fun Ride

Al Haas from Philly.com recently test drove a 2008 Saturn Astra 3-door XR. He called the Astra's handling "nimble," its comfort "right there," the 3-door's styling "sensible sporty," and the 1.8L engine's performance "adequate." Put all that together, and you've got one impressive small car.

Good Gas Mileage, Capable Handling Make Saturn Aura "Worth a Look"

Mike Hanley from Cars.com recently took at look at the new-for-2009 2.4L version of the Saturn Aura XR midsize sedan. The Aura XR is still offered with a 3.6L V6, but the new 4-cylinder powerplant gives customers a more fuel efficient option. Regardless of the powerplant you choose you'll get GM's smooth shifting six-speed automatic transmission. The "automatic's gearing is well-matched to the four-cylinder," he wrote.

Astra is Solid Like a Bank Vault

Astra Instrument Panel

Michel Deslauriers from Canada's Auto123.com drove the Saturn Astra and walked away impressed. "After almost 20 years, Saturn is now offering a very interesting line of vehicles," he concluded at the end of his review. "Why did it take so long?" He thought that his Astra test car was "blessed with a terrific chassis," and that it's "steering is precise and direct, which makes the Astra fun to drive."

2009 Aura "Stands Out as a Must-See in its Class"

Leftlane News took a "quick spin" in a new 2009 Saturn Aura XR, equipped with the new 2.4L 4-cylinder powerplant and 6-speed automatic transmission combination. The bottom line: customers "would be wise to spend some time in one before making a midsize family sedan purchase." Yes, Leftlane thought it was that good. "Design-wise, the Aura has among the nicest digs in its class," they wrote.

Saturn Teases with a Preview Review of its Advanced 2-Mode Vue Hybrid

2009 Vue 2 Mode Green Line Hybrid

Saturn's Mike Morrissey teased readers on the ImSaturn.com blog with a preview of the brand's upcoming two-mode hybrid Vue sport-utility. He recently met up with the Vue development team to spend a day driving six 2-Mode Vues "fresh from the factory." The new hybrid, due to be release early next year, will give customers a second hybrid alternative in the Vue lineup.

Precise Handling and 33 MPG Make Aura a Winner

Saturn Aura XR at the Beach

Scott Burgess from the Detroit News wrote about his experiences driving a 2009 Saturn Aura XR in this past Friday's auto reviews section of the newspaper. This is "the Aura Saturn should have introduced two years ago," he said. While he was impressed by the car's fuel economy, it's the overall package that left a lasting impression.

Tirekicker Reviews the Saturn Astra XR

Michael Hagerty is the self-proclaimed "Tirekicker," and he recently took at look at the Saturn 3- and 5-door Saturn Astra XR. "They both feel like they're carved out of solid blocks of steel," he wrote. "GM deserves to be rewarded for leaving well enough alone with the Astra."

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Smaller Saturn in the Works?

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Bloomberg reported Friday that Saturn is considering adding a smaller vehicle, slotted beneath the upcoming Astra compact, to its lineup in the next few years. "We think there is definitely room at the bottom for an economy car for Saturn," Lisa Hutchinson, Saturn's product development director, told the news service in New York.