Road Tests

2009 Saturn Aura XR 4-Cylinder Test Drive Yields an Impressive 39 Highway MPG

Automotive Addict's Harvey Schwartz spent some time behind the wheel of Saturn's new 2009 Aura XR, now available with GM's tried-and-true 2.4L 4-cylinder powerplant and 6-speed automatic transmission. Schwartz thinks the three are a winning "no compromises" combination, as he was able to record an incredible 39 mpg on the highway.

Road-Tripping in Style with the 2008 Saturn Outlook

Outlook Wallpaper

Kim Moldofsky from the ParentCenter's BabyCenter had an opportunity to drive a 2008 Outlook XR on an "ultimate test drive" from Chicago to Washington, DC. She really liked the Outlook's vast amount of space ("it was so big, I giddily invited my mother-in-law to join us on our road trip," she wrote) and features like built-in navigation, OnStar, and video entertainment system.

Efficiency First, Power Later in the 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid

2008 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid

Brian Harper from Canada's National Post reviewed the 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line appreciated the hybrid's fuel economy, but wished the sport-utility had a little more power. The 2.4-liter VVT 172 hp Ecotec four-cylinder "is not exactly bulging with muscle," he wrote, "but it's smooth and it will get the Vue to speed."

Astra Shows that Change is Good for Saturn

Jim Kerr from Canada's Star Phoenix newspaper enjoyed his time behind the wheel of the new Saturn Astra. He road tested the 5-door XR model and thought the car followed in the footsteps of other vehicles from the new, revitalized Saturn brand.

2008 Saturn Vue Hybrid Should Attract Buyers

Bryan Laviolette from the Flint Journal tested the 2008 Saturn Vue Hybrid and was impressed with the efficient, versatile SUV. He wrote in his review that he liked the Vue's "spiffy good looks, silky-smooth powertrain, and cool interior styling." After driving the vehicle for awhile he concluded: "GM finally decides to try building desirable vehicles rather than those that seem destined for the discount rack the instant they hit the street."

Midsize Aura Expands Lineup for 2009 Model Year

2009 Saturn Aura XR

Neal White from the Texas Waxahachie Daily Light newspaper recently drove a 2009 Saturn Aura XR 2.4L. "The Aura is a very sophisticated vehicle," he said. "The styling fit and finish and appointments are top notch." Read more about what he had to say below, and follow the link at the bottom of the post to read his full report on Saturn's changes to the '09 Aura.

Astra a "Solid Addition" to Saturn Stable

Saturn Astra XR 3-Door

Matthew Haase from the Canwest News Service really enjoyed driving the 2008 Saturn Astra. "This Euro-hatch can bring out the sporty driver in almost anyone," he wrote. "The Macpherson strut front suspension and torsion beam rear suspension provide a firm, but not jarring ride, allowing drivers to carve up corners with confidence."

The Inside Story on the Saturn Astra XR Four-Door

Saturn Astra XR 5-Door

Michael Clark from Canadian Driver put together a thorough review of the Saturn Astra. The took a lot of great pictures to go along with his virtual walk around. He liked "the cavernous opening of the dual panel sunroof," as well at the Astra's attention to detail.

Distinctive Styling Helps the Saturn Astra Stand Out in Crowded Marketplace

Wade Ozeroff from Sun Media drove a 5-door Saturn Astra XR a few weeks ago, and the Kingston Whig Standard just posted his review. While he enjoyed his most recent Astra experience, he said he prefers the car's standard 5-speed manual gearbox over the optional automatic that was included in his test car.

All-New Astra Compact Sports European Touches

2008 Saturn Astra XR 5-Door

Arv Voss from the San Francisco Chronicle recently reviewed a 2008 Saturn Astra XR. "The new Astra models present themselves in a bold but contemporary way," he wrote, "with styling cues that help to differentiate them from their European Opel counterparts such as distinctive front and rear fascias, with wheels pushed to the corners and subtle fender flares wrapped snugly over the wheels and tires for an athletic stance."

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Saturn Lightship Blimp

Saturn Corporation was the first North American auto manufacturer to utilize aerial advertising when the Saturn Lightship made its debut in the summer of 2001. The Saturn Lightship, a 165-foot, 6,335-pound A150 blimp, traveled across the United States supporting a variety of events and promotions held to promote the launch of the company's first sport utility vehicle, the Saturn Vue.