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2009 Saturn AURA

Midsize moderately priced car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    M
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control (standard beginning with 2009 models, optional on 2007-08 models)
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2009
G
G
M
2008
G
G
M
2007
G
G
M

Applies to 2007-09 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
A
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Saturn AURA was introduced in the 2007 model year. The car is built on the same basic body platform as the Pontiac G6 and redesigned 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by General Motors as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof rail.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2008 Saturn AURA XE 4-door
Weight 3,435 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase112 in.
Length191 in.
Width70 in.
Engine2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings22 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF0801
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)5
Left (cm)7
Center (cm)8
Right (cm)6
Brake pedal (cm)7
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)1
Right (cm)2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-4
Rearward (cm)2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)2

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF0801
Head
HIC-15360
Peak gs at hard contact34.000000
Neck
Tension (kN)1.7
Extension bending moment (Nm)16
Maximum Nij 0.31
Chest maximum compression (mm)37
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)4.0
Femur force - right (kN)5.5
Knee displacement - left (mm)5
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.65
Maximum tibia index - right0.99
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left81
Right123

Applies to 2007-09 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Saturn AURA was introduced in the 2007 model year.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2008 Saturn AURA XE 4-door
Weight 3,419 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase112 in.
Length191 in.
Width70 in.
Engine2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings22 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0810
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-7.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0810
Head HIC-15210
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)54
Lateral force (kN)2.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)34
Average deflection (mm)29
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.23
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.60
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.8
Acetabulum force (kN)3.0
Combined force (kN)4.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.3
L-M moment (Nm)69
A-P moment (Nm) 25

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0810
Head HIC-15103
Neck
Tension (kN)0.8
Compression (kN)0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)47
Lateral force (kN)2.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)43
Average deflection (mm)33
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.96
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.62
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.8
Acetabulum force (kN)2.5
Combined force (kN)2.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.3
L-M moment (Nm)213
A-P moment (Nm) 33

Applies to 2007-09 models

Overall evaluation
M
Dynamic rating
M
Seat/head restraint geometry
A
Important: Head restraints & seats ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Power cloth seats with manual adjustable lumbar

How this test is conducted

Seat typePower cloth seats with manual adjustable lumbar
Geometry
Backset (mm)72
Distance below top of head (mm)52
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)12.1
Head contact time (ms)92
Force ratingModerate
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)158
Max neck tension (N)736

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