The Inside Line team purchased a 2007 Saturn Aura XR with a 3.6 L V-6 engine for a long-term road test, part of a typical trend. The result was depressing.
The Edmunds gang were excited about the Aura, finding its styling and its 6 spd. Hydra-matic tranny too good to resist. The engine had outstanding power...and that was about where the complements ended. The car was in the shop longer and more often than the team's old Ferrari 308 GTSi. That's how bad it was. Pieces fell off, things weren't working, and more bizarre occurrences than a season of The Twilight Zone. (Customer service was rated very well.) Price depreciation followed that bad trend, with the Aura losing 46% of its value compared to the gang's Accord, which lost just 20. The initial Aura price was around $26,800. The final selling price was just $14,400.
Here's the finale:
Read the full review:In our long-term wrap-up of the Honda Accord we wrote: "Honda's not-too-sporty but not-too-comfortable persona meant it was never the first choice when it came to choose a ride from our test fleet, but it also was never the last one picked." Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the Saturn Aura which, when it wasn't in the shop, was frequently the last one picked.