2007 Saturn Aura Green Line Review

2008 Saturn Aura Green Line Hybrid blue

I’ve been honest about my feelings concerning the 2007 Saturn Aura Green Line before – I even crowned it the Worst Hybrid Ever. Now that it’s out, and some people have had a chance to drive it, has my opinion changed? Well, no, not really. Here are my 2 main problems with the Aura Green Line:

1. 4 speed automatic – need I say more? It’s 2007 folks. Get with the program… 5 is an absolute minimum number of gears.

2. 28 MPG / 35 MPG – And this is a hybrid? GM – if you’re going to make a hybrid, then please, by all means, do it right. Look at the Prius or Civic Hybrid for inspiration. These are successful hybrids, that can run with the engine off. There is no need for a hybrid that cannot run on electric power alone – that defeats the purpose of the hybrid, and takes away one of it’s biggest benefits.

I understand why GM didn’t go the Prius route, and make a standalone model, with funky aerodynamic styling. There is ultimately a limited market for this, and adding a new model wouldn’t be the best idea. So it would make more sense to go the Civic Hybrid, or Camry Hybrid route, and add a hybrid powertrain to the Aura. However, they failed to follow through and do it right, and ended up with a sub-par “hybrid”, when they could’ve had an absolute standout.

2007 Saturn Aura Green Line Specs
  • 164 HP 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine
  • HP electric motor
  • 4 speed automatic
  • 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
  • Curtain airbags standard
  • EPA Says : 28 MPG city / 35 MPG highway
2007 Saturn Aura Green Line Reviews

Wheels.ca reviews the 2007 Saturn Aura Green Line and writes – ‘Twenty minutes into the drive and I’ve already passed all-too familiar Toronto the Good landmarks like the Hockey Hall of Fame, (been there), and the Eaton Centre and Dundas Square (done that). The 12 km/h, stop-and-go pace only highlights all the efforts the Aura goes though to save precious fossil fuel. Like most other hybrids, the Aura Green Line shuts down its gas engine when you decelerate or come to a stop. Initially off-putting, after awhile, you get used to the silence at lights and the guilt-free knowledge that you’re not wasting fuel idling. It’s taken me 45 minutes to cross under the 401, heading into North York, where traffic comes to a crawl again. The Saturn’s trip computer numbers aren’t very encouraging. I’ve only managed 15.2 L/100 km fuel consumption, averaging 17 km/h. So much for saving the planet.’

Autoweek reviews the 2007 Saturn Aura Green Line and writes – ‘General Motors’ hybrid system eschews the high-tech equipment found in the transmissions of the competitors’ offerings; instead, it uses a motor/generator connected by a belt to the dual-cam engine’s crankshaft. The motor helps most under acceleration, as we found in the Vue. It also allows the gasoline engine to shut down when the car stops and cuts fuel delivery while decelerating. Since the system never runs solely on electricity, there’s no cute video screen showing the energy flow (an “ECO” light on the dash glows green when the electric motor activates, and a gauge informs you when the battery charges), and the lower power and torque figures don’t provide the same rush as other hybrid sedans.’

Hybrid Cars and Trucks reviews the 2007 Saturn Aura Green Line and writes – ‘We should admit, the Aura Green Line hybrid car has no refinement of that Honda Hybrid Accord or Toyota Camry has. Besides all, this vehicle is a huge accomplishment for Saturn Company in their desire to satisfy Aura customers.’

Kicking Tires reviews the 2007 Saturn Aura Green Line and writes – ‘The Aura Green Line has what’s called a mild hybrid system that supplements the car’s four-cylinder gasoline engine with additional power from an electric motor/generator when accelerating. The car doesn’t move on battery power alone, like a Prius. The Aura’s total system output is 164 hp, which is adequate, and more importantly it operates seamlessly. If you didn’t know you were driving a hybrid, there’s relatively little from the driving experience — apart from the engine shut-off feature when the car comes to a stop — to clue you in to the fact.’

Published on May 9, 2007 in Saturn

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