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Saturn Aura, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#19 of 67 Re: Saturn Aura Real World MPG [KarenS]
Sep 25, 2007 (3:13 pm)
I have a 2007 AURA XE. It has 2,990 miles on it. It is averaging less than 16MPG. Worst tank was 13.7. Best tank was 16.7. The 16.7 tank had quite a bit of HWY mileage. So, I went to my dealer. They asked me to bring it in so they could check it out. The computer says the AURA is working just fine. So, they suggested I call Saturn to complain about my poor mileage. I did that and they had a regional manager call me. Here is the bottom line. Since the car checked out on the computer there is nothing they will do about it. I am convinced this car will continue to under perform on mileage. Right now if I were to go on a trip, I would get better performance out of my Trailblazer. I am a 30 year GM customer that is leaving the fold if Saturn/GM does not step up to the issue. Any advice or suggestions?
#20 of 67 Re: Saturn Aura Real World MPG [badgasmileage]
Sep 25, 2007 (5:37 pm)
Are you figuring the MPG by hand, or relying on the car's readout/driver info center?
#21 of 67 Re: Saturn Aura Real World MPG [badgasmileage]
Sep 25, 2007 (6:01 pm)
My 07 XR started out getting only 24/17 or so early on. Now I have over 12000 miles and I have seen over 30 MPG on a 350 mile run on level ground. I averaged over 27 MPG on a 2300 mile trip mixed but mostly interstate driving running 80 mph most of the time.
Your XE should get better than my XR but I think you need to give it at least 10000 miles to brake in the engine.
So before you throw in the towel, wait at least 10-12K miles then re-evaluate your XE
#22 of 67 Re: Saturn Aura Real World MPG [phaetondriver]
Sep 26, 2007 (7:14 pm)
I am considering a XR and love everything about it except the disturbing reports on low gas mileage. You should NOT have to wait 10K miles to brake in the engine to get decent mileage. This def could be a "deal breaker" for me....
#23 of 67 Re: Saturn Aura Real World MPG [godeacs]
Sep 27, 2007 (4:30 am)
I notice that the posts regarding real world fuel economy show great variation and this is likely an indication of driver behavior and not variation in the Aura vehicles.
I recommend you rely on the EPA labels to get a relative (not absolute) sense of fuel economy. The EPA test cycle removes the variation in driver behavior and is a measure of the vehicle.
Personally, I think the Aura is a fun car and I find myself driving it hard -- and there are consequences with respect to fuel economy. With Aura you can achieve good gas mileage by driving conservatively, but you can also have fun when so desired.
#24 of 67 Re: Saturn Aura Real World MPG [saturn_comm]
Sep 27, 2007 (8:38 am)
I agree with you; my driving style is pretty conservative, and I've consistently achieved the "old" EPA numbers with my previous/current cars. So my gut feeling is that I should achieve better mileage than the "new" figures they've come out with.
To try to get a handle on what I'm apt to achieve based on the new numbers, I took my current average MPG and then adjusted the ratio of city/highway driving of the new numbers to deliver that number, and then use that combination to compare cars under the new system. Basically before on the old numbers my mileage equated to something like 80% city/20% highway, but using the new numbers now it's basically 50/50. Even though most of my driving is around town, much of that is on the Interstate that bisects our city, so technically I probably do more highway driving than I think I do, so 50/50 is more realistic.
#25 of 67 Re: Saturn Aura Real World MPG [saturn_comm]
Sep 27, 2007 (9:47 am)
I think if you want as car that gives great gas mileage you give up quick acceleration and the fun it provides. If you want performance and great economy you look for a very small car with a 4 banger and a 5 speed. If you want performance and a 4 door sedan, you have to give up great gas mileage.
I swapped a V-10 3/4 ton truck (10MPG) for a Saturn Aura because I didn't need the big truck and wanted a high performance 4 door sedan. My budget was $25000 with trade in so that eliminated a lot of German and Japanese Performance sedans.
I got everything I wanted in the Aura XR and if I only average 25 MPG, the way I drive, I couldn't be happier.
I hope you get a car that you enjoy and makes your heart pump and your face smile from ear to ear like my Saturn does for me.
#26 of 67 Re: Saturn Aura Real World MPG [godeacs]
Sep 28, 2007 (8:28 am)
If you're in the markat for a 250+ horsepower midsize sedan, this level of fuel economy is par for the course. If you want 35 mpg, perhaps you should consider a Civic or something. I agree with the other Aura owners that the XR and its 6.2 sec 0-60 times (according to Car and Driver) are worth paying for a little extra gas.
#27 of 67 Re: Saturn Aura Real World MPG [godeacs]
Oct 05, 2007 (9:26 am)
Back on 9/26 you said you were considering the XR but thought the fact that waiting for a drive train to break-in for 10+ K miles might be a deal maker. I was wondering if you have made your purchase and what you bought?
Also, I am guessing you aren't old enough to remember when we had to drive a car and various speeds and not to fast for the first few thousand miles then drive them on the highway and go fast for a few minutes. This was (one type) of recommended break-in procedure. If you just drove normally your engine would either never see it's potential or it would burn oil forever.
Todays engines/materials don't require the same techniques, but if you follow the old ways the power train will work better and last longer.
I am old school when it comes to break-in and may have something to do with my XR getting better than average MPG's and better than average acceleration (0-60 in 6.0 and 60-100 in 7.6). One trip I got 26.8 MPG for 2300 miles and another gave over 30 MPG for 350 miles.
I have over 13000 miles now and the XR is better than ever.
#28 of 67 Re: yeah,, the MPG. [phaetondriver]
Oct 28, 2007 (7:51 am)
It's never going to be a Scion or other gas sipping econobox
Hey friend...I have a 2007 KIA Optima, and get at least 33MPG Hwy.(A high of 40.7)Hardly an econobox.Loaded with ALL available options and of course...a 4 cyl engine.It's plenty strong enough to suit me.I believe it's rated at 165 HP which is more than my 1952 Lincoln V8 was.
BTW we went to a dealer yesterday to look for an Aura Hybrid...of course they didnt have one,but I did look at a top of the line Aura and the leather seats and the dash were all very nice.Unfortunately it only comes with a V6 and with the $92 per barrel oil...very impractical.