Road Tests

Sporty New Saturn Astra XR

Clint Williams from the Cox News Service recently reviewed the 2008 Saturn Astra. While he thought the Astra could use more power, Williams was impressed with all of the uplevel features found in his test vehicle. "The Astra offers rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights, a couple of nice features you wouldn't expect at this price," he wrote.

Part 2 of Jalopnik Saturn Vue Hybrid Review

In part two of Jalopnik's review of the 2008 Saturn Vue Hybrid, the automotive blog reinforced its feelings towards the Vue's styling, build quality, and impressive return on investment. "The Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid takes a good compact SUV, the Vue," writes Jalopnik, "and adds about 40% better fuel economy for a 20% price premium — an excellent trade-off."

Aura Points Saturn Towards Europe

2009 Saturn Aura XR

Jeffrey Zygmont from recently discussed the new 2009 Saturn Aura in the Motor Mouth newspaper column. He cited Saturn's recent European influence - in terms of styling and road manners - as the most dramatic change in the brand's character. The "Aura's European aspirations represent the biggest change for Saturn," he wrote.

Jalopnik Reviews the 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line

Automotive fan blog Jalopnik posted what it's calling "Part 1" of a 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line road test review today. The site was impressed with the Vue and said it "has matured into one of the most attractive small utes on the market today." They were especially fond of the interior: "the Vue's cabin is a pleasant place in which to get from place to place, nicer than its competition and in a totally different class from the previous-generation plastic-paneled Vue."

Popular European Car Comes to America as a Saturn

Jayne Williams the "Woman at the Wheel" for the Texas Star-Telegram drove the the 2008 Saturn Astra XR 3-door automatic and recently wrote about it. Her Astra test vehicle, she said, "is also more versatile than your average coupe, since the rear seat back folds in a 60/40 configuration and the hard cargo cover can be removed to make the whole area behind the front seats open up to haul lots of stuff, even smaller pieces of furniture if you load it carefully."

Saturn Astra Sticks with a Good Thing

Charles Renny from the Star Phoenix walked away very impressed after test driving the Saturn Astra. He enjoyed the car's powertrain, suspension, and use of interior space. "Sitting in the back when the front seat is set for someone my size is much better than I thought," he wrote in his review. "When I looked at the amount of space available, I thought there is no way. Then I got in and found that Saturn has made very good use of space."

Video: Saturn Astra is a Leap in the Right Direction

Amyot Bachand from Canada's Auto123 website recently reviewed a 2008 Saturn Astra 5-door XE and posted both a written and video review of the car. "The interior is surprisingly quiet for such an entry-level car," he said. "It's easy to keep up a conversation and appreciate the sweet-sounding audio system."

Saturn Vue Hybrid Has a Lot to Offer

2008 Saturn Vue Green Line

Mark Maynard evaluated the 2008 Saturn Vue Hybrid and liked its good quality and all the features you get for the price. "Standard features include 17-inch chrome-alloy wheels, low-rolling-resistance tires, body-color front and rear fascias, rear spoiler, single-zone automatic air conditioning and steering-wheel-mounted buttons for audio and cruise control," he wrote.

Road Test Rewind: The Sky's the Limit

Two years ago About.com's Jason Fogelson reviewed the Saturn Sky roadster in disbelief. "The coolest new droptop roadster to come out of Detroit in years is... a Saturn?" he asked rhetorically. "Yes, the 2007 Saturn Sky really can be found on the friendly, no-haggle showrooms of your local Saturn dealer."

Road Test Rewind: Aura XR Gives Hope to Saturn

Aaron Gold from About.com drove the 2007 Saturn Aura XR back in loved the car's V6 "good road manners" and "stellar" powertrain. He yearned for a four-cylinder option, which was added a year later for the 2008 model year. He also didn't care for his test car's dark interior or some of the chrome trim. But that didn't sour his experience with the car.

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L-Series May be Renamed 'Saturn V'

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In a move that may indicate Saturn has concerns that its three-letter naming convention won't be successful in the ultra-competitive midsize market, SaturnFans.com has learned that the company may be looking into its past for inspiration in naming its upcoming midsize sport wagon. It has been known for quite some time that Saturn will drop the L-Series moniker when the car is redesigned in 2006.