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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
The Aura doesn't skimp on safety provisions
The Aura has a comprehensive array of safety equipment as standard
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In frontal- and side-impact crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Aura earned a perfect five stars across the board.
The 2008 Saturn Aura is one of the safest vehicles in its class, with great crash-test scores.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2008 Saturn Aura earns five out of five stars in passenger, driver, side impact front, and side impact rear tests, and four out of five stars in rollover protection. The Saturn Aura has not been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
"The Aura doesn't skimp on safety provisions," Cars.com says. And it's true. According to Edmunds, the Saturn Aura has "antilock disc brakes, traction control and the OnStar emergency communications system," along with "Front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags." But other, more comfort-oriented features bulk up the Aura’s safety record, adds Cars.com. With the "steering wheel telescoping adjustment," you can find the appropriate distance from the airbag--a major safety concern. You can add "power-adjustable pedals" as well, reports ConsumerGuide.
When it comes to visibility, the Saturn Aura is "just OK," remarks ConsumerGuide, when looking "dead astern and to the right-rear," though there is "no problem otherwise."
The 2008 Saturn Aura is packed with safety features and scores very well in crash tests.