2007 Saturn Vue Hybrid – HybridCars.com

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The Saturn Vue Hybrid was discontinued General Motors shut the entire Saturn brand in The company produced and sold 13,500 Vue #8220;Green Line#8221; from its first sales in 2006 through the end of 2010.

The Saturn Vue Green Line is first gas-electric vehicle, you count the company’s ultramild-hybrid trucks. The hybrid field is to get crowded—there are now a dozen to choose the pitch for Green Line is most affordable S.U.V. In other words, this Vue to your inner accountant. The would impress any C.P.A.

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For $24,200, the Green Line an E.P.A. fuel economy of 25 m.p.g. in town and 32 in the country, is the highest highway rating for any utility. For comparison’s sake, a gas-only Vue with 4-cylinder front drive and automatic is rated 22 in town, 27 on the highway.

We the Green Line on two successive highway loops, one well the speed limit and a second in disregard of the 65 m.p.h. signs. As a we achieved an impressive 36 m.p.g. As a our fuel economy dropped to 24.

We have little doubt a careful foot applied to the Line could regularly 30 m.p.g. on the highway.

Instead of a electric motor that can the wheels just like a engine, the Green Line a belt alternator-starter; it shuts the off when the car comes to a complete eliminating gas consumption at idle. The Line’s 36-volt battery and smartly wake up the engine as as the driver’s foot comes off the pedal.

Kudos to Saturn’s team for producing an auto-stop that works smoothly and In contrast, Honda’s system the car to return to at least 10 m.p.h. it will shut down In the Vue, you can lift and return foot to the brake as often as you you would in stop-and-go traffic.

Each time, the engine for a few moments at low idle, then to a full engine-off stop.

you can’t do is launch forward in mode. That feat—the that, in the view of many makes a hybrid a hybrid—belongs for the only to full hybrid from Toyota and Ford. good mileage the only for likability, this review be over.

Credits and Debits

The though, is that every credit requires a debit, and fingerprints can be seen all over Vue. Handling is acceptable but not The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is but delivers barely adequate

Aerodynamics are a crucial factor in economy, and the Vue’s was improved—to a coefficient of 0.36, from lowering the chassis an inch and off the roof rack. Unfortunately, that remain on the roof attention to the fact that is missing. The lower profile leaves the Green Line more like a portly than a high-riding S.U.V.

The are easy enough to open, but the backseat is excruciating; passengers yearn for the relative comfort of cross-country in coach class.

A battery pack, which the auto-stop function do its thing, is in the cargo area. The rest of compartment is occupied by what calls a rear cargo it is a set of hinged plastic dividers so that my friends guffawed we showed it to them.

The biggest flaw may stem the cost-containment measures applied to the The typical hybrid driver real-time information to wring the miles from the fuel, but provides only silly lights and a little dial and A green “eco” light is to come on when the Vue matches or the E.P.A. economy estimates, but we the flickering light to be worthless.

The is supposed to indicate when the is charging or providing an assist, but a to monitor mileage on a specific would be much more There is also the Green overall feel of righteous While the Green Line is Spartan, the Red Line, a higher-performance has a distinctive front end, suspension, 18-inch alloy leather seats and much

The not-so-subtle message: You can spend money on high-quality fun and get a Red Line, or opt for a big bummer.

Sadly Wanting

The Vue Line proves that is capable of improving the fuel of many of its vehicles at a modest The well-engineered belt alternator-starter be offered on tens of thousands of vehicles, virtually eliminating fuel at idle. Yet as an overall the Green Line is sadly

G.M. started with a goal, to show that it can gas-saving technology at a discount, but it has far short of other hybrid on the execution.

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