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Saturn Aura, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#44 of 67 Actual Aura Gas Mileage
Apr 07, 2008 (11:25 pm)
Me and my wife have been looking for a new vehicle to replace our old 1993 Saturn, with 220,000 repair free miles. My wife was looking at the Honda Civic, which gets an estimated 30+ MPG. after test driving a 2007 Aura 3.5 V6, with its comfortable ride and awesome power. We are now considering the Saturn. We have got so many conflicting answers from current Aura drivers on their MPG. Is there anyone out there that has truly checked there MPG that can give me a more realistic answer, rather than the 14.5 MPG Hwy all the way up to the unrealistic 35+ MPG. I know that we can not compare the Civic to the Aura as far as power and MPG, but if the mileage is not to bad we would sure like to stay with a somewhat American Made Saturn. I know that if I pick the Saturn and it does not get decent MPG, I will never hear the end of it from my wife. Thank You.
#45 of 67 Re: Actual Aura Gas Mileage [jimmyrevit]
Apr 08, 2008 (4:26 am)
I have a 2007 Aura XR so it has a bigger engine and more HP than the 3.5 you are considering. I have had this vehicle for about 6 months now and I check and re-set my mpg with every fill up. I drive my vehicle to and from work and around town and I have been getting around 27 mpg overall. If I do a lot of "around town" driving, my mpg creeps down to around 24 or 25 mpg.
I am very happy with my mpg especially considering the >250 hp V6 under the hood! For the money, you simply can't beat an Aura.
#46 of 67 Re: Actual Aura Gas Mileage [jimmyrevit]
Apr 08, 2008 (8:29 am)
I have had my XR now for over a year, It has over 19000 miles and has never been in the shop for anything but oil changes. My last mileage post was #30. Since then I have been averaging 24 for our overall combined. For my money, I can't think of any other 4 door sedan with leather heated seats, a sun roof, and 0-60 acceleration about 6 seconds. All the passing power you can hope for (about 50-100 in 10 sec.) and it still gives 24 mpg average, and a best of 30 MPG on the highway at 80 MPH.
I am a car guy and I have been driving since 62. The XR is the second most fun car I have ever owned (excluding the streetrod I built).
You have to decide which is more important, mileage of performance fun, then pick the Aura that fits that need best.
#47 of 67 Re: Actual Aura Gas Mileage [jimmyrevit]
Apr 08, 2008 (7:25 pm)
I just took my 08 Aura 3.5 on her first business trip. It was a 500 mile round trip - virtually all at interstate speeds (70 - 75 MPH). I gassed up twice. On the first tank I got 29.5 MPG. On the return trip I had the A/C on low, and, she got 28.7. I was running on hilly I-79 through WV and PA as well. The Tranny downshifted out of overdrive numerous times going up hills. I'm very pleased with the power and fuel economy the 3.5 gets.
#48 of 67 2007 Aura purchased
Apr 20, 2008 (10:41 pm)
I recently posted asking what the real mileage to be expected from a 2007 XE3.5 Aura. Since that post I have purchased a 3.5 Aura. I now know the real mileage. I have had the car for approximately 2 weeks it has 19000 miles. I have taken it on several hwy trips approximately 250 miles each way on open desert hwy. I drove the vehicle with the air on at 70 miles per hour. on my trips I climbed 2 small grades. My best mileage so far has been 25.5 MPG driving fairly easy. My trips around our desert town and to my wifes work 25 miles hwy driving with three stop lights have been 19.5 - 21 MPG. To say the least my wife was not to happy with the mileage, but loves the car. You have to consider that we now have a nicer more comfortable car with more power and safety I check MPG the correct way gallons used divided by miles driven. I do not make up MPG stories and I know that everyone drives different, which can account for my MPG. I hope to take a Oregon trip soon, which would be about 1100 miles each way. That should give me a more accurate Hwy Mpg. All and all I would not get rid of car its well worth the mpg difference for such a smooth looking handling vehicle. I thank all for your posts. God Bless.
#49 of 67 Re: 2007 Aura purchased [jimmyrevit]
Apr 21, 2008 (3:59 am)
Your MPG should improve after 5000 miles, and I check my mileage just like you as my computer does not have that feature on Optimas. Go figure.
#50 of 67 Re: Saturn Aura Real World MPG [KarenS]
Apr 27, 2008 (6:42 am)
I have 5K miles on a 2008 Aura XE 4cyl. I post all my fuel purchase records at fueleconomy.gov
I am seeing about 27 or 28mpg with mixed driving about 60% "highway" and 40% city. No long road trips yet to see what I get for highway only. It did improve fuel economy wise as it broke in and the weather warmed up.
I am sure I could get slightly better if I could learn to keep off the gas, It is hard to not have a lead foot in this car it is so much fun to drive...
#51 of 67 07 AURA XR 3.6 V6, 6K Miles = 15.8 MPG
May 21, 2008 (8:04 pm)
Normal driving to-from train station and errands on weekends. Not racing everyone at every light. Two oil changes so far using Mobile1.
Aside from SUV-like MPG, occasional hum from the steering wheel pump (?) on tight turns, moon-roof rattles and an annoying Fuel Low message ... I love the car, first GM after owning two Mazdas and a Honda.
DISCLAIMER: I do not work for Saturn or any other car company, and I do not derive my income from the sale of automobiles.
- Think about that the next time you read a glowing car review posted just before the weekend.
#52 of 67 Re: 07 AURA XR 3.6 V6, 6K Miles = 15.8 MPG [chicagodrive1]
May 26, 2008 (6:17 pm)
I did a 300+ mile trip today in my 08 XE 3.5. The trip was all interstate, with two of us aboard, a trunk full of luggage, the a/c on, and the cruise set at 70 MPH. The car managed to average 32.1 MPG. I calculated the mileage maually during fill-ups - turns out my trip computer is a bit pessimistic.
#53 of 67 Re: 07 AURA XR 3.6 V6, 6K Miles = 15.8 MPG [oldcem]
Jun 11, 2008 (5:39 pm)
Trip computers are always wrong. You have to calc. manual.