Alright, well, now I've seen in person, cleaned, sat in, and driven on the road (not on the freeway though unfortunately...) I'm putting together a list of PROS and CONS of the Aura. If you'd driven or sat in the Aura too, please feel free to add to this list.
-Powertrain is silky smooth, torquey, and sounds a nice sound (sounds better than the 3.6 in the CTS!!)
-Sound system is a pretty decent one, obviously not the worlds best, but it's clear and has good base
-Ride is smooth but not floaty. Soaks up bumps big and small without a problem, even with the 18" wheels on the XR and yet feels like it can take corners as well as or better than most in its class
-Little details such as the gauge cluster that, when turned on, will slowly intensify its lighting, among soooo many other little details
-Seats are comfortable, and the brown is just.. WOW!
-Power adjustable pedals
-The way it looks IN PERSON
-Little details such as no "Oh ********************!" bar
-Why is there NO REAR ARMREST IN A NEAR $30K CAR?!?!
-Rear head room (even someone shorter than 6' has to sit at an odd angle to keep from bumping their head - may be a side effect of pan. sunroof-equipped Aura's)
-No nav option
-Paddle-shifters aren't very quick as shifting... not horrible, but still not as quick as it can and should be. Minor ECU tuning and grounding kit should easily change this if you want to spend a few hundred bucks
-With all the goodies, I'm curious as to why Saturn didn't want to jump ahead of the competition with optional HID's (projector or not), and optional cooled seats and heated washer fluid among other various options you can find on a $30K TSX or Buick but not this $27K Aura XR
-Headrests that don't tilt
-Tilt but does not tellescope, WTF?
-Grain quality in wood could be better (almost appears pixilated in person)
-The way it looks IN PICTURES
Now, yes, there is a long list of CONS, however, if you notice, the majority, with the exclusion of the nav and head room are more minor nip picks and "I wish"es than something that is major.
Overall, I think this car is EASILY a car that is as good as the Camcord. Now, I just am curious to see if MT, C/D, and others will like it as much as they should.