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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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