June 8th, 2007


Why American

I saw a billboard this morning for the Saturn Hybrid Aura. Great, I thought, an American hybrid, and I know a lot of happy Saturn owners. So I checked it out. The Aura Greenline is priced at $22.7K and gets 28/35 mpg. Hmmm... that doesn't sound so hot.

Let's see... the 2007 Prius gets 60/51 mpg for $22.2K. Far better performance for slightly less money.

Shit, the non-hybrid 2007 Nissan Sentra gets 29/36 with the continuous variable transmission option, pricing out to around $16K.

Sorry, GM. I know you've got twice as many retirees as employees, but you'll just have to do better than that.