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2008 Saturn Aura
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4-Door Sedan Green Line
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Aura 4-Door Sedan Green Line 24 32 $22,346 $23,900
Aura 4-Door Sedan XE 22 30 $19,078 $20,045
Aura 4-Door Sedan XR 17 26 $24,006 $25,675
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4-Door Sedan GL Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Passat 4-Door Sedan GL Automatic 21 30 $20,863 $22,825
Passat 4-Door Sedan GL Manual 22 31 $19,790 $21,750
Passat 4-Door Sedan GLS Automatic 21 30 $21,889 $23,960
Passat 4-Door Sedan GLS Manual 22 31 $20,816 $22,885
Passat 4-Door Sedan GLS V6 Automatic 19 27 $24,147 $26,460
Passat 4-Door Sedan GLS V6 Manual 20 28 $23,074 $25,385
Passat 4-Door Sedan GLX V6 4MOTION Automatic 19 26 $29,016 $31,575
Passat 4-Door Sedan GLX V6 Automatic 19 27 $27,187 $29,825
Passat 4-Door Sedan GLX V6 Manual 20 28 $26,114 $28,750
Passat 4-Door Sedan W8 4MOTION 6-spd Manual 17 24 $35,984 $39,400
Passat 4-Door Sedan W8 4MOTION Automatic 18 25 $34,729 $37,900
Passat 4-Door Wgn GL Automatic 21 30 $21,586 $23,625
Passat 4-Door Wgn GL Manual 22 31 $20,513 $22,550
Passat 4-Door Wgn GLS Automatic 21 30 $22,611 $24,760
Passat 4-Door Wgn GLS Manual 22 31 $21,538 $23,685
Passat 4-Door Wgn GLS V6 Automatic 19 27 $24,870 $27,260
Passat 4-Door Wgn GLS V6 Manual 20 28 $23,797 $26,185
Passat 4-Door Wgn GLX V6 4MOTION Automatic 19 26 $29,739 $32,375
Passat 4-Door Wgn GLX V6 Automatic 19 27 $27,910 $30,625
Passat 4-Door Wgn GLX V6 Manual 20 28 $26,837 $29,550
Passat 4-Door Wgn W8 4MOTION 6-spd Manual 17 24 $36,706 $40,200
Passat 4-Door Wgn W8 4MOTION Automatic 18 25 $35,452 $38,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,346
$20,863
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,900
$22,825
Monthly Payment Estimate
$398 / month
$380 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Saturn Aura is the kind of car people learned to look to the import brands for, and now you can get it from General Motors through Saturn.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 35.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 39.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 95
Second Hip Room (in)
52.2 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 55.8
Second Head Room (in)
37.4 37.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 41.5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 57.7
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 68.7
Track Width, Front (in)
59.9 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
190.9 185.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.6 57.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.3 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 106.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.1 15
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.65 x - TBD - 11.3 x 0.98
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.63 x - TBD - 9.6 x 0.39
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.0 16.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 14.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 37.4
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 2.8
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
QPE NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact P195/65HR15
Front Tire Order Code
QPE NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3529 3322
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 15 x 6
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x 6
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
125 90
Engine
Displacement
2.4L/145 1.8L/109
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
164 @ 6400 170 @ 5900
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
- TBD - SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
159 @ 5000 166 @ 1950
Engine Order Code
LAT NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 30
Transmission
Trans Type
4 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.74
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA w/Tiptronic
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.10
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.00
Trans Order Code
ME7 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.73
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.67
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.41
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Saturn Aura Volkswagen Passat
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sdn
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
3-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Torsion Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Indep Strut Four-link

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