For 2009, the Saturn Aura midsize sport sedan demonstrates that fuel efficiency-minded customers don’t have to sacrifice uplevel amenities such as a six-speed automatic transmission, leather seating, alloy wheels and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, as a new 2.4L four-cylinder Aura XR model joins the Saturn family.

To further enhance fuel savings and provide a more engaging driving experience, the all-new four-cylinder XR is equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission with TAPShift, a feature that allows drivers to manually change gears with steering wheel-mounted paddles.

Other enhancements to the Aura lineup for 2009 include standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control and an efficient six-speed transmission.

Aura XE and XR four-cylinder models feature a 2.4L DOHC Ecotec engine rated at 169 horsepower. The Aura XR V-6 model is equipped with the 3.6L DOHC V-6 with VVT, rated at 252 horsepower.

A major attribute of the Aura’s design is its refined interior. Premium materials with low-gloss appearance and tight tolerances throughout exhibit excellent fit and finish, while unique color combinations for the trim and upholstery convey contemporary style.

For 2009, both four-cylinder and V-6 XR models get standard leather-appointed heated seats; the Ebony/Morocco Brown interior leather is available on both the four-cylinder and V-6 XR. Additionally, redundant audio controls are standard.

Base model estimated mpg: 22/33

Estimated starting price: $21,995


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