|Compact SUV; Built in Mexico|
|Good condition price range: $11,000 – $18,000*|
2009 Saturn Vue Front
2009 Saturn Vue Rear
2008 Saturn Vue Interior
2008 Saturn Vue Profile
Saturn loyalists may decry the loss of plastic body panels, but the redesigned Vue is a better vehicle by every other measure. V6 models offer ample power, while apparent attention to detail brings classy interior accommodations and a refined driving experience. Buyers looking for something a little larger and more powerful than a Honda CR-V or equivalent, but who aren’t quite willing to commit to a midsize SUV, would do well to test-drive a Vue. Hybrid Vues sold new for considerably more than their regular-powertrain counterparts, but that price gap may narrow for used models.
The Saturn Vue compact sport-utility vehicle was redesigned for 2008 based on the Opel Antara from one of General Motors’ European subsidiaries. The 2008 Vue could seat five and was offered in XE, top-line XR, hybrid Green Line, and sporty Red Line versions. Vue was available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive and a range of four-cylinder, V6, and hybrid powertrains. Four-cylinder models had 169 horsepower. The Green Line hybrid combined that engine with an electric motor for 172 horsepower. AWD XE models used a 222-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, while the XR and Red Line held a 257-horsepower 3.6-liter V6.
All Vues had an automatic transmission: a four-speed with the four-cylinder engine a six-speed with V6 power. The “mild” hybrid Green Line did not require plug-in charging, but unlike some hybrids, it would not run on electric power alone. Standard safety features included antilock brakes, traction control, an antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. A navigation system was newly available for 2008. Also available were heated seats, remote engine start, and a rear cargo management system that adjusted for different cargo-carrying needs. Note that the 2008 Vue has conventional steel body panels, not the dent-resistant plastic panels that were once a Saturn hallmark. Saturn’s SUV competed against the Ford Escape, Hyundai Tucson, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota RAV4, and Volkswagen Tiguan.
A wireless cell-phone link was newly optional, but otherwise, changes were few for the Vue. Saturn intended to add a second gasoline/electric hybrid model for 2009 with a V6 engine, but that model failed to materialize.