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Saturn Aura Real World MPG

Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
edited October 2014 in Saturn
What kind of MPG are you getting with your Aura?

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  • ousous Posts: 6
    I got 28 highway on dry interstate with a 600 mile trip yesterday. Disappointing considering the small tank. Will this get better after some miles on it?
  • cag2cag2 Posts: 1
    We have had our Aura for 3 months and got average 17 in city and 24 highway. Very disappointing
  • I have about 4000 miles and am getting a consisted 21 mpg on my mixed highway and local road round trip of 36 miles per day. This is slightly better than my prior 2005 Mercury Montego AWD and 2003 Infiniti G35 sedan. This is about what I expected. Best mileage on 65 mph highway is about 28 mpg on level roads without wind.
  • bdubseebdubsee Posts: 15
    Initially I was getting 17-18 in mostly city driving. Now that my Aura has a little over 900 miles it is getting closer to 21 in the same situation. It seems that the engine is loosening up a bit and the mileage is increasing daily.
  • mharnessmharness Posts: 2
    Just purchased an Aura XE today, I will be doing a 500 mile freeway trip next week. I'll post next weekend the results.
  • Congrats. We keep hearing that these cars get better mileage after a several hundred to a couple K miles so your new one should make a nice baseline for a follow-up test in a few months.
    We will be taking a 600 mile trip next week in our XR. We have about 6000 miles on it right now and I am hoping the mileage will finally be up to spec's. :shades:
    Have a safe trip.
    Phaeton Driver
  • Well We are back and it was a fantastic drive and weekend.
    We went from the hot, So Cal, lower desert to Morro Bay. We used US 101 for the drive up and back with a different connection route each way so as to keep it fresh.
    330 miles each way with a round trip average of 27.88 MPG
    We had 240 miles of mountain and city driving in the Morro Bay/Atascadero area. The mountain road was mostly performance driving (using that 6 speed paddle shifter) when traffic permitted.
    Overall, 900 miles on 34 U.S. Gal. of 87 Octane (Avg Cost 3.399/gal :cry: )net us 26.5 MPG.
    So Far, my wife and I are 100% satisfied with the MPG and performance balance of this Saturn Aura XR. :shades:
  • mharnessmharness Posts: 2
    I've had my Aura for about 2 weeks and have almost 2000 miles. I have averaged 30-32 mpg highway at 65-72 mph around 1700 rpm'. I would fill up prior to getting onto interstate and fill back up once I left the interstate. My combined highway and city is 21-23 mpg.
  • Are you driving the XE with the 3.5L V6?
    I was driving between 75 and 80 for most of our 660 miles on the highway.
    I figure we are getting about 24 combined MPG.
    Oh! and having a lot of fun at the same time.
  • jm40jm40 Posts: 6
    the Arua XR is such an awesome ride. i liked everything about it,,,,but the MPG. with the miles i drive and gas prices going up... its a big concern for me.

    still it is very tempting. the ride was so sweet.
  • phaetondriverphaetondriver Posts: 175
    I know what you mean, it is very hard to NOT have a little fun now and then. Fun = using all 252 ponies :)
    But hey! if you short shift it and keep up with traffic instead of staying in front, the mileage isn't bad.
    It's never going to be a Scion or other gas sipping econobox. But there not as much fun or comfortable as the XR. :shades:
  • dinofdinof Posts: 106
    I have just 1100 miles on my XR model. Average
    MPG I am getting is 20.8 ; mostly city driving.
  • auraownerauraowner Posts: 7
    I just turned 1000 miles on my XR. I'm currently averaging 17.4 miles of mixed driving with 5 miles per day in bumper to bumper traffic. Kind of disappointing, but the mileage has increased .5 miles over the past week. I'm sure I could do better if I could resist the temptation to exercise all those ponies under the hood and dial it down to 70 on the open freeway. Hard to change old habits developed by 25 years of driving relatively economic Accords.
  • I just returned form my second road trip in a month and I watched my MPG get better and better on this last 2300 miler.
    I now have 11300 miles on my XR and still lov'n every minute, well maybe not every...
    I actually got 29.5-MPG for about 350 miles in Washington and Oregon. Sure it was flat but but I was averaging 80-MPH. Last month I went to Arizona and that was flat too, but I could only muster 26.4 for about 400 miles, average 78-MPH, before it got hilly.
    My trip north showed 26.2 for ~1150 miles with plenty of stops and one overnight. I averaged 63-MPH for the 1150 miles. My trip south averages 68-MPH and 28.2-MPG.
    The whole trip according to the computer showed 66-MPH and 26.8-MPG for 2300 miles.
    I am so pleased it is finally coming around. :shades:
    ONE THING THAT HAS HELPED THE MPG IS RUNNING THE LOW PROFILE GOODYEARS AT 40-PSI. This is 4 PSI below maximum which helped keep them cool and lower the rolling resistance (friction). The ride was a bit harsh, but it was worth it I think.
    I also have over 6000 miles on this oil and the computer says I am at 30% remaining. That is killer. I am taking it in anyway for the oil/filter change next week.
    I am going to replace a quart of oil with a quart of Dura Lube before the next trip to Arizona in September. We'll see if that helps the MPG like it has in my other cars.
  • Mostly city driving for me, and I average 20 MPG. One thing I noticed after driving for a few days was all of the tires were under-inflated ( Terrific TPS light came on ) . Could be a coincidence or could be something the average dealership check your tire pressure.
  • Those little TPS valve stems are a godsend. I haven't had a flat or a nail in a tire in over 20 years. I get a new car and I get two nails in a week. Both fixable, because the TPS notified me by email (OnStar email report) that the pressure was low.
    Low pressure can ruin a tire, and with these low profile tires you could damage a rim too.
    NOTE: When you have your tires rotated, be sure the tire mechanic knows to relocate the valve stems. My mechanic didn't so when my tire got a nail the diag system said it was a front tire when it was the rear one.
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    Anyone here have any real-world mileage to share on the Aura Hybrid?
  • I have a 2007 AURA XE. It has 2,990 miles on it. It is averaging less than 16MPG. Worst tank was 13.7. Best tank was 16.7. The 16.7 tank had quite a bit of HWY mileage. So, I went to my dealer. They asked me to bring it in so they could check it out. The computer says the AURA is working just fine. So, they suggested I call Saturn to complain about my poor mileage. I did that and they had a regional manager call me. Here is the bottom line. Since the car checked out on the computer there is nothing they will do about it. I am convinced this car will continue to under perform on mileage. Right now if I were to go on a trip, I would get better performance out of my Trailblazer. I am a 30 year GM customer that is leaving the fold if Saturn/GM does not step up to the issue. Any advice or suggestions?
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    Are you figuring the MPG by hand, or relying on the car's readout/driver info center?
  • My 07 XR started out getting only 24/17 or so early on. Now I have over 12000 miles and I have seen over 30 MPG on a 350 mile run on level ground. I averaged over 27 MPG on a 2300 mile trip mixed but mostly interstate driving running 80 mph most of the time.
    Your XE should get better than my XR but I think you need to give it at least 10000 miles to brake in the engine.

    So before you throw in the towel, wait at least 10-12K miles then re-evaluate your XE

    Phaeton Driver
  • godeacsgodeacs Posts: 481
    I am considering a XR and love everything about it except the disturbing reports on low gas mileage. You should NOT have to wait 10K miles to brake in the engine to get decent mileage. This def could be a "deal breaker" for me.... :sick:
  • I notice that the posts regarding real world fuel economy show great variation and this is likely an indication of driver behavior and not variation in the Aura vehicles.

    I recommend you rely on the EPA labels to get a relative (not absolute) sense of fuel economy. The EPA test cycle removes the variation in driver behavior and is a measure of the vehicle.

    Personally, I think the Aura is a fun car and I find myself driving it hard -- and there are consequences with respect to fuel economy. With Aura you can achieve good gas mileage by driving conservatively, but you can also have fun when so desired.
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    I agree with you; my driving style is pretty conservative, and I've consistently achieved the "old" EPA numbers with my previous/current cars. So my gut feeling is that I should achieve better mileage than the "new" figures they've come out with.

    To try to get a handle on what I'm apt to achieve based on the new numbers, I took my current average MPG and then adjusted the ratio of city/highway driving of the new numbers to deliver that number, and then use that combination to compare cars under the new system. Basically before on the old numbers my mileage equated to something like 80% city/20% highway, but using the new numbers now it's basically 50/50. Even though most of my driving is around town, much of that is on the Interstate that bisects our city, so technically I probably do more highway driving than I think I do, so 50/50 is more realistic.
  • I think if you want as car that gives great gas mileage you give up quick acceleration and the fun it provides. If you want performance and great economy you look for a very small car with a 4 banger and a 5 speed. If you want performance and a 4 door sedan, you have to give up great gas mileage.
    I swapped a V-10 3/4 ton truck (10MPG) for a Saturn Aura because I didn't need the big truck and wanted a high performance 4 door sedan. My budget was $25000 with trade in so that eliminated a lot of German and Japanese Performance sedans.
    I got everything I wanted in the Aura XR and if I only average 25 MPG, the way I drive, I couldn't be happier.
    I hope you get a car that you enjoy and makes your heart pump and your face smile from ear to ear like my Saturn does for me.
    Good Luck
    Phaeton Driver
  • drwilscdrwilsc Posts: 140
    If you're in the markat for a 250+ horsepower midsize sedan, this level of fuel economy is par for the course. If you want 35 mpg, perhaps you should consider a Civic or something. I agree with the other Aura owners that the XR and its 6.2 sec 0-60 times (according to Car and Driver) are worth paying for a little extra gas.
  • Back on 9/26 you said you were considering the XR but thought the fact that waiting for a drive train to break-in for 10+ K miles might be a deal maker. I was wondering if you have made your purchase and what you bought?
    Also, I am guessing you aren't old enough to remember when we had to drive a car and various speeds and not to fast for the first few thousand miles then drive them on the highway and go fast for a few minutes. This was (one type) of recommended break-in procedure. If you just drove normally your engine would either never see it's potential or it would burn oil forever.
    Todays engines/materials don't require the same techniques, but if you follow the old ways the power train will work better and last longer.
    I am old school when it comes to break-in and may have something to do with my XR getting better than average MPG's and better than average acceleration (0-60 in 6.0 and 60-100 in 7.6). One trip I got 26.8 MPG for 2300 miles and another gave over 30 MPG for 350 miles.
    I have over 13000 miles now and the XR is better than ever.

    Phaeton Driver
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    It's never going to be a Scion or other gas sipping econobox

    Hey friend...I have a 2007 KIA Optima, and get at least 33MPG Hwy.(A high of 40.7)Hardly an econobox.Loaded with ALL available options and of course...a 4 cyl engine.It's plenty strong enough to suit me.I believe it's rated at 165 HP which is more than my 1952 Lincoln V8 was.
    BTW we went to a dealer yesterday to look for an Aura Hybrid...of course they didnt have one,but I did look at a top of the line Aura and the leather seats and the dash were all very nice.Unfortunately it only comes with a V6 and with the $92 per barrel oil...very impractical. :sick:
  • Yea! Oil at $92 a barrel sucks, but I figure it will go over $100 before my grand kids get out of grammar school. I live in a area where gas prices are always 30-40 cents/gal more than the rest of the country so I am used to it being expensive. Right now it is $3.09/gal for 87 octane at the cheap stations. Fortunately we only burn about 4-5 gal/week so I opt for a performance car rather than one that get 40 mpg and takes a week to get to 80 mph. It's not that I have money to burn, it's just that we don't have to drive very far most of the time. We do take a trip now and then but I get about 28MPG on the trips so that's not bad.
  • I am so excited about the MPG I am getting now. OVER 30 :shades:
    My 2007 Aura XR 3.6 is doing just what I thought (and hoped) it would.
    A couple of months ago I changed the oil and added a quart of Dura Lub.
    I have done this in several other cars and it always improved my MPG and made the engine run very smooth. Well the 3.6 now idles and revs silky smooth. Idle is now about 800 RPM. I guess the computer only gives the engine enough gas to keep it running, and that is less now so lower RPM is the result.
    I just took a trip to Northern California. Total miles 910. 870 of it on I-5and I-10.
    I cruised at or close to 80 MPH whenever possible. The trip computer said I averaged 68 MPH for the 910 miles.
    It used 30.08 gal of 87 octane for the 910 miles. I think this equate to 30.25 MPG.
    The formula is keep tire pressure close to 40 PSI, the tires are rated MAX @ 44 PSI so this is quite safe. Add an engine oil additive like Dura Lub, Slik 50, or any other additive with PTFE. Now I don't have any ties to any company that produces this stuff, I just have had a lot of success using it. An alternative with similar results would be a synthetic oil like Mobile 1. Difference is you buy the additive ones every 50K miles, the oil every 3000 miles.

    Now my XR is every thing I wanted and I can no longer whine about the MPG.
    Take that you Accord lovers :)
  • That is pretty outstanding for a V6 at 80MPH.
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