2007 Saturn Vue Greenline FWD Hybrid SUV Review

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2007 Saturn Vue Greenline FWD SUV Review

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Saturn Vue Greenline FWD Hybrid SUV

Go for little green is the thought Saturn’s first hybrid, the Vue

It’s a light gasoline-electric – meaning that it operates in electric-only mode but it does have all of the other benefits of a hybrid vehicle. the engine is warmed up, it usually off at a stop, depending on load and An electric motor/generator provides power when needed for and recharges the battery pack slowing.

It also improves performance with the magnetic from that regenerative

This adds up to, according to an approximate 20 percent increase in economy for a price premium of $2,000. Expect more models in the Saturn lineup, and in the GM family, in the future.

With its 2.4-liter version of the GM four-cylinder engine rated, the motor assist, at 170 horsepower, the slots between the regular 143-hp four-cylinder and 3.5-liter, V6 varieties of the Vue. Its EPA fuel rating is better than at 27 mpg city / 32 highway versus and 20/28 for front-drive automatic and V6es.

Unlike the regular Vue the Greenline is offered only in drive form, and loses an inch in ground clearance. its 7.9 inches are still better a car, the Greenline, like all of the Vue is not an off-road vehicle, it’s a crossover station wagon

And in that role it shines. compact and easy to park on the and roomy and versatile inside. trademark plastic body resist minor parking lot and dings, and there is plenty of for everyday use, with use of regular unleaded gasoline.

At 28 mpg during my week of use, the Vue did quite well considering its and 3500-pound weight. It held people in comfort thanks to a rear seat, and a fifth in the rear position wouldn’t had a hard time. Cargo was very good with the seat in passenger position, folding it down, I was able to my bicycle easily, with no for disassembly.

All in all, the Vue Greenline was a Saturn sort of vehicle, functional, economical, and a very value.

APPEARANCE: The Vue looks what it is – a friendly vehicle with no phony pretentions. Only badging small Hybrid emblems on the front doors and tailgate differentiates the Greenline from the Vue.

In either case, a Vue is a functional small crossover SUV a two-box design modified a bit by that gently rounds the and edges and adds a sporty with a profile that toward the rear and also prominent but not overdone fender The hood is gently sculpted, and the panel features a small grille between wide, headlights and a larger opening in the bumper. There is a small over the rear window, and styling is generally simple, rectangular taillights and a small garnish piece over the plate.

COMFORT: Form follows In style, the Vue Greeline is pleasantly but still very functional. is in a two-tone, dark-over-light motif. The instruments are shielded from by a prominent brow, and the audio and system controls are in a center that extends into a console for the shifter and power and mirror controls. A proper between the front seats has and cupholders.

Chrome plastic in the door handles and around the adds interest. Cruise and audio controls are found on the steering wheel. The standard audio system only regular CDs, but an auxiliary near the front power is there for use with external players. My test Greenline had the leather seats. The front provided decent support and and visibility from the driver’s was good.

Even with leather, the seats are manually-adjustable. A flat good knee and shoulder and excellent head room the rear seat. It folds a 70/30 split for convenience and the front passenger seat can flat, forward, so very items can be carried inside.

The Vue has five-star ratings in Federal for both front and rear in front and side impacts. built with safety and crumple zone construction, and with standard dual airbags and integrated safety pretensioners. Side-curtain airbags are

RIDE AND HANDLING: On the road, the Vue is a pleasant crossover vehicle. It like a tall midsize, mainstream car, not a truck, and the strut front, multilink suspension is firm enough for handling characteristics while providing a comfortable ride. The power steering system has a touch, neither too light for at speed nor too heavy for ease of around town.

PERFORMANCE: Most of the time, the Vue hybrid system is completely It combines a 2.4-liter twin-cam engine with a belt-connected for assistance and regenerative braking. The wheels only are driven a four-speed automatic transmission. The feels like a small SUV a regular torque-converter automatic and a reasonably powerful if not hormone-fed engine.

Maybe a four light turbo boost, as the motor gives a noticeable but not turbo-like kick in acceleration heavy throttle. That is quick and predictable, and light not to cause any untoward surprise to the In generator mode under and braking, regenerative braking the battery pack located the rear load floor and helps slow the vehicle.

of the Greenline’s gas mileage improvement from stopping the engine the vehicle comes to a stop a point where otherwise it be getting zero miles per The engine must be warmed up for the system to work. This is by a green eco light on the dash, also provides a visual for the driver as it comes on when the is being driven in the most manner.

All accessories, such as audio and control systems, operate when the engine is off, if they are also shut off will be further improved. stopped, the engine stays off for a of two minutes. After that it on to prevent excessive battery

System function and battery can be monitored through the charge/assist next to the tachometer.

CONCLUSIONS: (and GM’s) first is a success.

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2007 Greenline FWD Hybrid SUV

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