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Saturn Aura Green Line
The Saturn Aura Green Line starts at $22,695 including destination charge

General Motors has officially announced pricing for its 2007 Saturn Aura Green Line hybrid sedan. The vehicle will retail for $22,695 including destination charge and will also be eligible for a $1,300 tax credit from the federal government for 2007 tax returns.

For comparison, the Honda Civic Hybrid, Nissan Altima Hybrid, Toyota Prius and Toyota Camry Hybrid are priced from $22,985, $25,015, $22,975 and $26,820 respectively, including destination charge.

The 2007 Aura Green Line is considered to be a "mild hybrid" since it cannot move forward under electric power alone. The Aura Green Line hybrid powertrain (164HP 2.4 liter 4-cylinder plus electric motor/generator) is capable of providing mild electric assistance under acceleration, stopping the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop and starting it back up again when the gas is pressed. The car also takes advantage of regenerative braking to help recharge the battery pack.

The Aura Green Line boasts EPA ratings of 28MPG/35MPG city/highway compared to 20/30 for an Aura with the 224HP 3.5 liter V6 and 20/28 for the Aura with the 252HP 3.6 liter V6.

A more viable comparison may be with the Pontiac G6 base sedan. This vehicle is the Saturn Aura's platform-mate and also uses the 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine and transmission without the hybrid add-ons. EPA ratings for the G6 are 23/33 city/highway which means that the Aura Green Line’s hybrid system affords the driver an additional 5MPG in the city and 2MPG on the highway.

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RE: Underwhelming fuel economy
By Alexvrb on 3/19/2007 8:04:00 PM , Rating: 3
An Aura is not a Civic, so it isn't a good apple-apple comparison except for Hybrid vs Hybrid pricing, and even that doesn't really help when spanning across two classes. The Saturn Aura is a bigger, heavier, roomier car. If you want a good comparison, compare it to cars in its class and price range. Like the G6 the article mentions. Same chassis, same engine, better mileage.

Some people may like a car that is somewhat more family-friendly than a Civic, or otherwise prefer the additional room or body/chassis design. Many of them don't need the extra horsepower of a larger engine. So for them, having a more efficient, but still affordable Hybrid 4 cylinder would be a nice option.

RE: Underwhelming fuel economy
By Samus on 3/20/07, Rating: -1
By theapparition on 3/20/2007 7:31:49 AM , Rating: 3
because one of them is complete crap

Based on what?

Have you ever driven an Aura? Or are you basing your opinion on the fact that since it's american made, it's utter junk.

Here are some facts...the Aura was named car of the year. But I guess your smarter than everyone who actually drove the car and rate cars for a living.
GM also placed 2nd in 2006 for initial quality, behind Toyota, and way ahead of Honda.

The Civic is not in the same class of car. It's about as relevent as comparing the Aura to a Lexus Hybrid. Now, the Aura is not my type of car, nor would a Camry be my type, but to call it junk is just factless bashing. I am underwhelemed by the small efficiency gain, though. Any long term predictions on reliability.

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