Front Seat Heaters, Cruise Control, Alloy Wheels, Overhead Airbags, Traction Control, Side Airbags
4 Cylinders, 2WD, 1.8L Engine, Automatic Transmission, 123K Miles, Gray/Black
I bought my Saturn Astra because I was looking for an economical car with good gas mileage, but one that doesn't seem junky. I probably could have gotten Honda or Toyota, but for the price, they would have been much older than this American car. Truthfully, the Astra is a German-made car, but sold under the Saturn logo, but I still appreciate not paying import prices. I bought a model with a manual transmission because it makes it feel sporty. That being said, there's not a whole lot of races you'll win in this car. The engine is small, and the gearing is not made for pick-up. It gets great mileage if you keep it under 65, but without a 6th gear, it really loses mileage when you try to keep up with the fast lane. There are a lot of features in this car: heated seats, heads-up display, steering wheel controls, etc, but it took me at least 45 minutes reading through the manual to figure out how to use all these gadgets. It's not that I'm not tech savvy, the buttons just aren't intuitive. Once you figure it out though, the fetures are fun to use and the heated seats are wonderful in the winter! One of the major things I would have suggested to Saturn (if they still existed) is to add more storage space in this car. There is no center console, no dash "setting" space, there's not even a good spot to set your cell phone. And don't even get me started on the cup holder situation. There's one cup holder in the front seating area, and you pretty much have to dislocate your shoulder just to get your beverage in and out of it. I like the trunk or hatch storage space. It works very well for my large lab puppy, and i'm sure I could put a few suitcases and a cooler in there if I decided to take a road trip. Overall, this car is pretty decent. The mileage is great, the features are wonderful after the learning curve. The engine is weak, it could use another gear for highway cruising, and the cup holder experience sucks, but I'm pretty darn happy I purchased this car. If you happen upon this review, I recommend the Saturn Astra. It's a great "to and from" sort of car. It will get you there, comfortable and happy.
I've owned my Astra for three months now and still love it. I have the 5-speed manual transmission, which is fun to drive. It's fuel-efficient; I have averaged about 30.5 mpg between fill-ups. It's a beautiful car with a huge sunroof, imported directly from Europe, where it is sold as an Opel /Vauxhall Astra. OK, it is deficient in the cupholders and needs an aux-in port for the iPod. But it's a sporty and beautiful car.
I love this car! I call it my mini SUV. It drives smooth, it is very comfortable, I am a big girl and I find it very roomy. I love the hatchback and have plenty of room for my shopping and my four large dogs. I put in $25.00 worth of gas a week and never have to worry it. The car even counts down the gas milage left to go when it has under a quarter of a tank. It comes with onstar and cruise control and the stereo sounds fine! I would recommend this vehicle to anyone thinking about buying a new car.