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The available sunroof cuts into headroom a bit
The Aura treats rear passengers to a lavish amount of space
The XE has a number of stand-alone options and packages
Car and Driver
Depending on powertrains and options fitted, the price range between the base model Aura and an Aura with XR trim can vary greatly, but otherwise, all 2009 Saturn Aura models are nicely complemented with standard features.
Edmunds says of the two trim levels, the XE and XR, the Saturn Aura XR includes luxurious add-ons such as "18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a power driver seat, heated front seats, remote vehicle start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an upgraded stereo with an in-dash CD changer, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and rear-seat audio controls." The XE has a lot of standard features on its own, including "17-inch wheels, air-conditioning, full power accessories, a trip computer and a CD stereo with satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack," reports Edmunds.
According to Car and Driver, the 2009 Aura can be outfitted with a variety of upgrade packages, including the "Advance Audio Package," which "features eight speakers, a six-disc in-dash changer, and rear-seat audio controls." There's also the "Preferred package, which adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and an eight-way power driver's seat," and the "Convenience package, which includes remote start and heated front seats and outside mirrors." And then you have the premium package for the Aura 2009, which is "essentially leather upholstery and heated front seats." Lastly, the "Enhanced Convenience package…adds a six-way power passenger's seat and power adjustable pedals but is again only available with the Preferred package."
Bluetooth hands-free phone connection is now standard on XR models; it's also optional on the XE and the hybrid with a Preferred Package. A navigation system is not offered on the Saturn Aura, but a three-month subscription to XM Satellite Radio is standard. And last but not least, ConsumerGuide gripes that the optional sunroof "cuts into headroom a bit."
The 2009 Saturn Aura offers a generous list of features, but the lack of a nav system might turn some off.