Saturn Vue Review The Truth About Cars

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Saturn Vue Review

Not that or Miata drivers have but GM’s long-neglected Saturn has been busy rolling out a of new models. I came, I saw, I I despaired. The Aura, Sky and Outlook are machines, but even better of “80%” cars: GM vehicles are an interior, gearbox, suspension trunk space away greatness.

So when I saw the all-new, 2008 Saturn Vue, I I knew exactly what was my way. I don’t mind it: I was somewhat wrong.

The new Vue’s is as far removed from its boxy as Adam West’s Batmobile Christian Bale’s sled. said, the new, rounded Vue to the pre-apocalyptic cute ute playbook. We can about the differences between the Vue say, Honda’s CR-V.

But details like the meshed ahead of the Vue’s front wells, chrome roof and the black strips surrounding the are as nothing compared to the striking between the two vehicles.

Of course, nothing particularly wrong the homage to Honda’s best-seller. And a good reason the new Vue is such a looking car: it’s an Opel Antara. That’s the The General peddles in Europe, GM is more like the Target of producers than the Mace’s City.

After clocking the new unsurprising if handsome and class-competitive stepping into its interior is of a revelation. The new Vue is one of the best built and cabins in a U.S. General product to date.

Again, credit the fact the “rethink American” brand’s is a European parachute-job.

Saturn bailed on its plastic supply with Hasbro, disappointing GI everywhere. Instead, the Vue features of good synthetic stuff on the and doors, or what the press junkies have taken to “soft-touch” materials. The optional trim on the doors and dash, the fabric on the door panels and and the chrome butterfly insert at the of the steering wheel are all credibly

Saturn, Opel, someone sweated the details, and it shows.

If they’d sat down when were doing it. The Vue’s seem specifically designed to thoracic discomfort. Quite why decided to put a shoe inside seat back is a question left to those who study the deviancy of our European cousins.

Also, American sun worshippers lament the fact that the Vue be ordered with a sunroof. In the understated words of a White spokesperson, “that’s not helpful.”

At Saturn didn’t skimp on equipment. Every Vue down to the base models offer six Stabilitrak stability control, ABS, and active head

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Like most cute sold in America, the base Vue is a wheel-drive machine holstering a four cylinder engine. In case, the entry level Vue GM’s 2.4-liter Ecotec It’s a willing little with decent mpg, but with The General’s ubiquitous automatic transmission, it’s no for 3800 lbs. of mass.

Next up: a 3.5-liter V6 with 222 On the upside, buyers are treated to a six transmission and all wheel-drive. On the downside, it s a agrarian mill better to being thrown off a cliff propelling a car.

Fortunately your reviewer), I spent of my time in a Vue equipped with the 3.6-liter DOHC V6 and a six speed

Sampling the V6-powered Vue XR is slightly it may be the best of the three available but it s also the version you re least to see on the road. The Vue’s top-of-the-line churns 257hp, placing it behind Toyota’s 269hp V6 for best in class power. For one of the times in recorded history, GM s and refined 3.6-liter isn’t wasted in a rolling lunchbox.


Thanks to its shameful though curb weight (4000 for the 3.6 liter models), the Vue’s stable on the road and silent at And in spite of its obesity, stomping and with the Vue is a hoot. With steering and a European-firm suspension, a highly hustle-friendly family

Just remember that talking SUV sporty, not actual

The Saturn Vue’s biggest perhaps its only major is that the base four-cylinder doesn’t deal the competition a blow in a hugely competitive As good as it is inside and out, as as it is (about a grand under the base vs. base), the Vue’s engine and four-speed gearbox match Toyota’s powertrain for or fuel efficiency. Still, to Saturn for getting 90 percent of the way time.

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