2008 Saturn Aura vs. Its Competition

2008 Saturn Aura
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

If you're looking at mid-size sedans, you already know that there are plenty of choices available.

You may also know that the Toyota Camry is the sales leader.

The latest Camry, introduced in 2007 alongside the Saturn Aura, has its merits, but also its faults.

There are quality issues with this Toyota; to keep costs down, the interior of this generation of Camry exhibits some inexpensive-looking pieces.

Head to head, the 2008 Aura is decidedly sportier in feel than the Toyota Camry or the Hyundai Sonata, more along the lines of the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, and Ford Fusion.

While the sophistication of the Hyundai Sonata has improved dramatically, it is not quite the equal of the Aura.

The Volkswagen Passat is in the same size class and offers a tightly constructed cabin with a great look and feel, but it's due to be replaced by a new car in 2009 or 2010.

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Quick Specs
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.
The 2009 Ford Fusion is a great choice for those who place their priorities on style and handling, but if interior space matters to you, look elsewhere.
TheCarConnection.com still rates the Honda Accord as the family-sedan champion, but the 2009 Hyundai Sonata lands solidly in the upstart tier that includes the Mazda6, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu.
The 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid melds the automaker's proven, hybrid system into America's bread-and-butter sedan. What's not to like?
The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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