IntroductionSaturn's 2009 model lineup is a rethinking of its original product line - rather than focusing on middle-market cars, there is a renewed interest in sporting appeal and fuel economy. The most economical car of the bunch, the all-new Aura hybrid, delivers as much as 34 miles per gallon in highway fuel economy tests. Two SUV-based hybrids, built on the VUE platform, offer as much as 32 highway miles per gallon, and the VUE 2-mode can tow up to 3,500 pounds while delivering more than 30 miles per gallon, a feat in and of itself.
2009 Saturn Astra
The 2009 Saturn ASTRA is available in either of two configurations: the three-door hatchback or five-door hatchback, and can be had with either an automatic or manual transmission
Competition: Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cobalt, Ford Fusion
Fuel Economy: 24/32 in five-door XR trim with manual transmission
1.8-liter I4 engine produces 138 horsepower and 125 foot-pound torque
Both configurations can be had with StabiliTrak Electronic Stability control
Airbags include driver, passenger, front, and rear curtain
The 2009 Saturn Aura receives only a six-speed automatic for the 2009 model year, while the 3.5L V6 has been dropped.
Competition: Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord
Fuel Economy: 22/33 with standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, 17/26 with available 3.6-liter V6
3.6-liter V6 engine provides 252 horsepower and 251 lb/ft torque
Four-wheel ABS disc brakes are standard on all models
Options include leather seating surfaces, chrome accents, and eight-way adjustable seat
The 2009 Saturn Outlook features several upgrades over the 2008 model, including more available luxury equipment, and direct injection, which results in a boost to power.
Competition: Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Edge, Mazda CX-7
Fuel Economy: 16/24 with both front-wheel drive XE and XR trim packages
Available all-wheel drive package for both XE and XR trim packages
With second and third row folded, Outlook has 115.9 cubic feet of cargo room
Available options include 20-inch wheels, navigation, entertainment, and sunroof
2009 Saturn Sky
The 2009 Saturn Sky returns unchanged this model year, accompanied by the turbocharged Red Line model.
Competition: Mazda MX-5, Pontiac Solstice
Fuel Economy: 19/28 in standard trim, 19/25 in Red Line trim with turbocharged engine
Five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, three-year, 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper.
2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder direct-injected engine delivers 260 horsepower
Available options include leather seat inserts and windscreen
2009 Saturn Vue
For 2009, the Saturn Vue and Vue Red Line carry over with only minor changes to paint colors. The Saturn Vue Red Line is a trim package only, utilizing the same V6 that is available in the Vue XR.
Competition: Dodge Nitro, Honda CR-V, Toyota Rav4
Fuel Economy: 16/23 with Vue front wheel drive V6, 19/26 with four-cylinder engine
XR V6 offers 257 horsepower with trailering provisions and chrome package
Transmission options include four-speed automatic with overdrive, or six-speed auto with o/d
Available all-wheel drive trim package offers nearly the same fuel economy as 2wd
2009 Saturn Aura Hybrid
The 2009 hybrid AURA sedan remains unchanged for 2009 as a "mild hybrid" that uses an electric motor to allow the engine to shut off at idle.
Competition: Honda Civic Hybrid, Chevrolet Malibu hybrid, Ford Fusion hybrid
Fuel Economy: 26/34
Optional equipment includes leather seating, sunroof, and heated seats
Standard stability and traction control systems
2.4-liter engine makes 164 horsepower and 159 foot-pound of torque
The two models of Saturn's 2009 Vue hybrid are the standard Vue hybrid, and the Vue 2 Mode. The 2 Mode is the more advanced model, and pricing is slightly higher at $32,000.
Competition: Lexus 400h, Mercury Mariner hybrid, Ford Escape hybrid
Fuel Economy: 27/25
Towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds with VUE 2-mode
3.6-liter V6 engine makes 262 horsepower and 250 foot-pounds of torque
Can drive short distances on electric power only