2009 Saturn Vue Review

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2009 Saturn Vue

Considered by some reviewers to be the best Saturn product ever, the current Saturn Vue was a major redesign introduced in 2008, based on a platform from General Motors’ European subsidiary Opel. There are no substantial changes made for the 2009 model. The current-generation Vue is well-regarded by reviewers, with Edmunds.com describing it as having an ideal balance of handling and ride.

The Saturn Vue’s interior accommodates up to five passengers and is made to a high standard of quality. Critics say it’s quiet and luxurious. Cars.com’s David Thomas writes of the Saturn Vue’s interior, Not only does it best other domestics, like the Ford Escape, it’s also superior to top imports like the Toyota RAV4 (*est. $21,500 to $27,810), Hyundai Santa Fe (*est $21,695 to $30,545) and Honda CR-V (*est. $21,245 to $27,245).

Autoblog.com adds that everything feels solid, whether it’s the storage bin’s latch or the sturdy ‘click’ the stalks hanging off the steering column make when you engage them. At just over 53 cubic feet, the Saturn Vue‘s cargo capacity with the rear seats folded falls well short of small SUV class leaders such as the Toyota RAV4 (73 cubic feet). The Saturn Vue does feature an adjustable cargo net, which slides fore and aft on rails mounted to the sides of the cargo bay.

Front-wheel drive is standard (as is the case with most other compact SUVs), but a carlike all-wheel-drive system is offered as an added-cost option. Power comes from either a 2.4-liter four-cylinder base engine with 164 horsepower, a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 215 horsepower, or a more sophisticated 3.6-liter V-6 with variable valve timing that makes 257 horsepower. Four-cylinder models offer only a four-speed automatic transmission, but the V-6 Saturn Vue models get a six-speed automatic.

According to official Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel-economy estimates, the 2009 Saturn Vue ranges from a high of 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway (four-cylinder, front-wheel drive) to a low of 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway (V-6, all-wheel drive). The EPA lists the combined city/highway mileage of front-wheel-drive, four-cylinder Saturn Vue as 22 mpg, which is the same as a four-cylinder Toyota RAV4, which is one of the top-reviewed small SUVs.

When fitted with the V-6, the Saturn falls short of the powerful Toyota RAV4 V-6 by about three mpg. A hybrid Saturn Vue is also offered and is covered separately.

The Vue is loaded with safety features including antilock brakes, stability control, traction control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active head restraints. The Vue earns five-star marks in U.S. government crash tests and does equally well in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) independent testing. IIHS names the Saturn Vue a 2009 Top Safety Pick.

Reviewer complaints about the Saturn Vue are usually about fuel economy, as V-6 models fall a bit short of the class leaders. Editors at Edmunds.com and ConsumerGuide.com say the front seats may not work well for large adults. Some reviewers complain that the transmission hunts on grades and that it delays downshifting sometimes. Beyond all this, however, is a larger concern: Saturn’s future is dim.

General Motors has announced that as part of its restructuring plan, it will either sell or close down the Saturn brand by the end of 2009. With so many as yet unanswered questions about the future of Saturn, and so many other good compact SUV options offered by competing manufacturers, it may be wise for shoppers to look elsewhere until Saturn’s fate is finally decided, for good or bad.

Edmunds.com, and ConsumerGuide.com provide detailed reports on the 2009 Saturn Vue, and the Vue earns a Recommended rating at ConsumerGuide.com. Kelly Blue Book also reviews the 2009 model, while Cars.com, ConsumerReports.org and Autoblog.com review the 2008 model, which essentially carried over unchanged for 2009.

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