2009 Saturn VUE Review CarGurus

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Saturn VUE Review

Saturn drivers more choices for by adding two new fuel-efficient VUE trims, a new 2-Mode Hybrid trim delivers the best fuel of any vehicle in its class.

While drivers give the VUE’s good marks overall, find the seats too stiff and sufficient support, and the cargo in the compact SUV comes up short compared to some competitors’

The CarGurus View

The 2009 VUE compact SUV, now in the second of a redesign, represents a good for drivers and offers a wide of standard features, including storage spaces, that meet the daily needs of drivers. Four-cylinder trims lack the pep some drivers like to see for aggressive driving, and trims don’t deliver the efficiency some drivers But as a daily commuter, the ’09 VUE offers a comfortable ride and safety features that it a good purchase for small

At a Glance

Saturn unveils two new to the VUE’s lineup for 2009. The VUE 2-Mode Hybrid trim, arrives in the spring of ’09 in numbers, combines two electric with a 3.6-liter gas-powered V6 resulting in a powerplant that plenty of drive as well as fuel economy, according to the Saturn contrasts the new 2-Mode with the existing VUE Hybrid by referring to the former as a full and the latter as a mild hybrid.

At least for the time being, will continue to exist in the lineup.

In addition, Saturn a four-cylinder engine into its VUE XR trim, continuing a trend automakers to offer fuel-efficient with upscale features. The new called the XR-4, joins the available entry-level XE trim, the renamed XR-V6 trim, and the Red Line. The XE, XR-V6, and Red Line come in either front-wheel-drive or configurations, while the new XR-4 and hybrids are front-wheel-drive vehicles

Other than the addition of two new Saturn makes few changes to the VUE for carrying over the well-received introduced in 2008. Like of GM’s current vehicles, the VUE heavily from the automaker’s Opel division, incorporating cues from the Opel


The 2009 VUE 2-Mode features two 55-kilowatt electric powered by a 300-volt nickel-metal hybrid battery pack. In the mode, which drives the SUV at under 40 mph, the automatic shifts power between one of the motors, the gas engine, or both the gas and an electric motor, while the electric motor recharges an of 22 batteries, located under the floor. In Mode 2, which over at higher speeds, the V6 provides the primary power, by the electric motors when power is required, such as towing a trailer or climbing hills. This helps power as well as fuel especially at higher speeds. The gas shuts down when the SUV or idles, and the electric motors provide the power to drive the SUV in mode.

The electric motors and V6 engine to a two-mode continuous variable (CVT) with four gears.

Working seamlessly the electric motors and gas engine the VUE 2-Mode Hybrid from 0 to 60 in 7.3 and enable the VUE to tow up to 3,500 pounds, delivering up to a 50 percent improvement in efficiency, compared to a conventional The EPA estimates highway mileage at 32 making the 2-Mode one of the most SUVs available today.

A 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder gas continues to provide the power for the XE as well as the XR-4 trim, the XR-V6 and Red Line trims are a 257-hp, 3.6-liter V6 with valve timing, which over from the previous Naturally, fuel economy for trims with all-wheel-drive or the powerful V6 engine. The front-wheel-drive XE ekes out a respectable 19/26, but drops to 15/22 for the XE with drive, while mileage for the XR and Red trims averages around

All four-cylinder engines link to a automation transmission, while the V6 links to a six-speed automatic The Red Line VUE adds the TAPshift which enables drivers to manually using paddle on the steering wheel. All engines run on gasoline.

Ride Handling

The Saturn VUE on a MacPherson front suspension and an four-link rear suspension, for a soft, sedan-like ride. The exception is the Red Line, which a lowered, sport-tuned suspension. the VUE offers a smooth, comfortable but some reviewers note at times the ride can seem a bit too such as when cornering or quickly.

The Red Line, with its suspension, delivers a firmer while the new 2-Mode Hybrid a specially tuned suspension also delivers a more ride than the standard VUE The 2-Mode’s suspension was retuned and its struts and rear shock recalibrated to accommodate weight that result from the pack and other components of the system.

Reviewers note the four-cylinder and Hybrid VUE trims capable acceleration and performance town and at highways speeds up to 65 mpg, but beyond that the drop off in performance. Some also note that the steering feels less than it should. However, V6 add hydraulic-assist power steering, for optimal responsiveness, which on the standard steering package.

generally give good to the layout of interior controls, are easy to adjust, thanks to knobs. However, the cruise buttons on the steering wheel are and difficult to use, according to reviewers. Many drivers of produced in earlier years on excessive road noise, but has taken steps to keep noise minimal in the current and has succeeded in ensuring a quiet according to drivers and reviewers.

Cabin Comfort

The Saturn VUE five passengers in two seats. the VUE gets good marks for its interior, which reviewers clean, comfortable, and roomy. drivers and reviewers especially the interior’s high-quality materials, avoid a plastic, cheesy

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The seats are comfortable and accommodating, but not cushioning. Both front and seats offer plenty of and headroom for most drivers and

Standard features for the XE trim deluxe front bucket power windows and door cruise control, remote entry, steering-wheel-mounted controls for the system, and a six-speaker AM/FM system with an MP3 input and XM satellite radio. The XR adds a Package that includes an power-adjustable driver’s seat, a steering wheel, heated mirrors, and Bluetooth. The Red Line upgraded front seats with ebony bolsters perforated seating inserts.

The VUE just over 29 cubic of cargo space with the row of seats in place, which up short when compared to vehicles, but should be adequate for drivers’ daily use. space expands to just 56 cubic feet with the split second-row seats down.

The VUE provides plenty of interior space, including a pull-out compartment on the dashboard left of the wheel and another one under the passenger seat. Some that the center console the front seats sits too so drivers have to reach to retrieve drinks and items in the console. However, many the storage nets in the rear space.


The 2009 VUE received a five-star crash rating, the highest available, the National Highway Traffic Administration, and was named a Top Safety by the Insurance Institute for Highway making it one of the safest vehicles in its Saturn notes that the VUE equipped with 137 safety including six standard airbags, head restraints, daytime lights, and a pedal release

The VUE also comes equipped Rollover Mitigation and the StabiliTrak control system, which the SUV’s braking and traction systems to help the driver the vehicle under control on roads or during

emergency Saturn also includes a range of OnStar features as equipment on all VUE trims, including automatic crash response, services, roadside assistance, door unlock, and vehicle

What Owners Think

from drivers echo of the comments made above. like the VUE’s comfortable with its extensive use of upscale as well as its overall fit and finish. find the seats comfortable and to pull down, although think the seats are too stiff and sufficient support.

Drivers like the VUE’s and unique storage spaces. In they note that the VUE well, especially in turns and in weather conditions. Drivers give high marks to the many safety features.

On the many note that the in the center console are too low, and find the interior a bit too tight the VUE is fully loaded with and cargo.

CarGurus drivers the VUE’s peppy acceleration, styling, and comfortable interior, and the compact SUV easy to get into and out of. like the layout of the instrument the MP3 audio jack, and the interior and cooling system. On the downside, taller drivers find the a bit too low, while others like to see better gas mileage out of the V6

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