The car is decent. With that being said, it seemed like a lot of stuff went wrong after the 30 day warranty expired. My hubcaps keep falling off, my windshield washers don't work, and I'm leaking power steering fluid. Also the drivers side tie rods will not pass inspection. I think you have to take a mechanic to buy any car, which I didn't so it's on me.
I have enjoyed this car so far. There are a few drawbacks. The ride is quite jarring on rough roads or over potholes. Handling is good but not exceptional. The biggest reason I bought the car is because I got a lot of features for the money. I had considered buying a Honda Accord or Civic. Of course, Hondas have a better reputation than GM cars. Many of my friends told me that a Honda was a better choice. However, when I looked a used Hondas, the price for a 4Cyl Honda Civic with a mid-level trim and year models older was quite a bit more. The demand for Hondas is higher. However, for the same money, I got a 251HP 6Cyl car with sunroof, leather, heated seats, remote start and more. Also NorhtStar. Beats a Civic in features and a V6 used Accord at the lowest trim level is $4000 more. 4Cyl Honda Accords are boring. Before I bought the car, I noticed that is almost the exact same care as a Chevrolet Malibu LTZ. The essential specifications and options are identical. The have the same engine, options and share many of the same parts except for the trim items. The car has a 5yr/100,000 mile powertrain warranty that can be honored at any Chevy dealer. The Malibu is tuned for a softer ride. Almost every thing else is the same. However, you will pay more for the simular Chevy because it is not a discontinued model. Both models were built in the same assembly plant in Kansas City, Missouri. I drove some used Hondas. They are more refined, but you pay a lot for the refinement. Also, they are too common for me. I wanted to be different. This car fits my needs and wants. I wanted a lot of features on a budget. I bought the extended warranty. I have not owned the car long enough to comment on long-term relilablity. However, most newer American cars buit in past 3 to 4 years are somewhat better than their predessors. Don't expect high resale value. If you buy this one, you will want to keep util the wheels fall off, so make sure you are satified. The wheels may fall off faster than a Honda.
I love my Aura! Very comfortable and classy looking. The only complaint the cup holders are so small. That is a pain. It also seems like I am constantly filling up even though I work 7 miles down from my house and don't drive it that much. Small tank basically and the V-6 drinks the gas fast. I love on-star and xm-radio! I am in heaven on that. Overall, one of the best cars I have owned and that says a lot because I have owned Mercedes, Lexus, Honda, Nissan, and Infiniti. I am really impressed with my Aura.