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Saturn Aura Gas Mileage

The Saturn Aura’s gas mileage ratings are at the top of the chart of the most fuel-efficient American-made family sedans. The Greenline Hybrid sets the high mark for the Aura range, with 32 miles per gallon (MPG) on the highway, while the base Aura XE follows closely with 30 MPG highway. Alas, when it’s all said and done, Aura gas mileage falls significantly behind the segment leading Toyota Prius.

The 2008 Saturn Aura is available in four levels of trim, each with a specific power plant.

  • Aura XE – 2.4 liter DOHC four cylinder engine, producing 169 horsepower (HP) and 160 foot pounds of torque, mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Gas mileage ratings: 22 city / 30 highway MPG.
  • Aura XE V6 – 3.5 liter V6 engine, producing 219 HP and 219 foot pounds of torque, mated to a four-speed automatic. Gas mileage ratings: 18 city / 29 highway MPG.
  • Aura XR (shown above)- 3.6 liter V6 engine, producing 252 HP and 251 foot pounds of torque, mated to a six-speed TAPshift automatic. Gas mileage ratings: 17 city / 26 highway MPG.
  • Aura Green Line – 2.4 liter four cylinder engine with hybrid propulsion, producin 164 HP and 159 foot pounds of torque, mated to a four-speed automatic. Gas mileage ratings: 24 city / 32 highway MPG.



Saturn Aura Gas Mileage – 2007-2010

Year Manf. Model Engine Disp. Fuel Trans. City Hwy
2010 SATURN AURA 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (S6) Auto 22 33
2010 SATURN AURA 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (S6) Auto 22 33
2010 SATURN AURA 6 cylinder 3.6 liter R (S6) Auto 17 26
2009 SATURN AURA 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (S6) Auto 22 33
2009 SATURN AURA 6 cylinder 3.6 liter R (S6) Auto 17 26
2009 SATURN AURA HYBRID 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (L4) Auto 26 34
2008 SATURN AURA 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (L4) Auto 22 30
2008 SATURN AURA 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L4) Auto 18 29
2008 SATURN AURA 6 cylinder 3.6 liter R (S6) Auto 17 26
2008 SATURN AURA HYBRID 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (L4) Auto 24 32
2007 SATURN AURA 6 cylinder 3.6 liter R (S6) Auto 20 28
2007 SATURN AURA 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L4) Auto 20 30
2007 SATURN AURA HYBRID 4 cylinder 2.4 liter R (L4) Auto 28 35

Note: the EPA tweaked their testing procedure, starting with the 2008 model year, with the end result being that the 2008 MPG estimates are now lower than previous years. As always, YMMV.

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#1 30 MPG Cars on 01.24.08 at 5:34 pm

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#2 Matt Keegan on 01.27.08 at 12:10 am

The AURA’s fuel economy is impressive — I really like this car.

I’m not sure if it is fair to compare the AURA to the Prius as the Toyota is exclusively a hybrid car while the AURA is not.

GM’s Hybrid Line Mode 2 technology, which will appear beginning with their 2009 models will offer improved fuel economy and something the Prius doesn’t have much of: torque.

#3 Rob on 01.31.11 at 10:37 am

I’m not sure why you say the Prius and Aura are in the same segment. I’ve been in a Prius and own an Aura, the Aura is much larger and more comfortable. The EPA doesn’t put them in the same category, a Prius is a compact, while the Aura is a mid-size.

#4 mpg-o-editor on 01.31.11 at 1:28 pm

@Rob – Excellent point … thanks! I’ve made a quick edit to correct that.

#5 Bryan on 12.10.11 at 5:07 pm

I’ve got an 07 Aura XE and it get’s better mileage than GM says. The computer readout shows 8.8L/100K and that’s 50/50 highway and city. When I reset the computer and only do highway driving I’m getting about 7.4. I am very happy with the fuel economy on this car especially for the size and comfort of this vehicle with a 3.5L 6 cylinder in it.

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