2009 Saturn Vue / Vue Hybrid / Vue 2 Mode Hybrid – Review – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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2009 Saturn Vue / Vue Hybrid / Vue 2 Hybrid

What#146;s new, and safety info for the 2009 Vue.

December 2008


The Vue was redesigned for 2008 and is a competent in the compact crossover-utility class. the Honda CR-V, it is essentially a vehicle that can be ordered all-wheel drive and features for five in two rows.

The Vue is unusual in class for the number of powertrain that are available: a 169-hp, inline four-cylinder engine to a four-speed automatic transmission; a hybrid; a 222-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 that drives through a automatic transaxle; a 257-hp, V-6, also mated to a automatic transmission; and a newly two-mode hybrid that the 3.6-liter V-6 with GM’s two-mode gearbox. The Vue is offered in XE, XR, two-mode hybrid, and Red Line


The Vue’s biggest is that it’s heavy: 3700 pounds in four-cylinder, form, going past pounds for a V-6 with all-wheel Four-cylinder performance is sluggish, the 3.6-liter in the XR and Red Line models for a more sprightly vehicle. The Vue quite nicely and handles in a slightly inertfashion.

The interior is appointed and in some ways crafted than those of its rivals. Interior room is however, compared with the leaders such as the Honda and Toyota RAV4, offering cubic feet of luggage behind the rear seats and with the seats folded. Gas is only average, too, EPA numbers of 19 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway for the

These fall to 15/22 for the V-6 and 16/23 for the front-drive 3.6-liter The mild hybrid is estimated to get superior economy of 25 mpg in the city and 32 on the and the two-mode hybrid is claimed to 50-percent-better mileage than the V-6.

What’s New for 2009

The news for 2009 is the planned of the two-mode hybrid model. the Vue mild hybrid, which a generator to turn its 2.4-liter engine on and off in town and has some braking function, the two-mode is a full hybrid that can run on electric power at city

The name refers to GM’s that combines the functions of a variable transmission and a conventional in order to operate at maximum The two-mode uses a 3.6-liter

Other changes for 2009 Bluetooth connectivity that’s on the XR and Red Line models and available on the XE, a panic brake-assist feature, an dealer-accessory headrest-integrated DVD system, and XM real-time traffic data.

Highlights and Recommendations

The Vue does not stand-alone options but instead can be with several packages, of which come standard on trim levels. Three packages are the Preferred package includes an eight-way power seat and leather-wrapped steering the Convenience package that remote start and rain-sensing wipers, and the Premium package includes leather seats, in the front.

The base model is the Vue XE, starts near $24,000 in form, equipped with a engine and four-speed automatic This model has power keyless entry, steering-wheel-mounted and cruise controls, and 16-inch wheels. Adding all-wheel raises the price by about and includes an upgrade to the 222-hp, V-6 and a six-speed automatic.

The base model offers value for the money, with interior comfort and design.

The uplevel XR model with the V-6 starts at about $27,000, all-wheel drive adding to the price. Seventeen-inch alloy projector-beam fog lamps, automatic control, a power driver’s and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are the upgrades over the XE trim. XR and Red models can be ordered with a system, although the price is at more than two grand.

The is available only in front-drive starting at about $28,500. equipment closely mirrors of the base XE model, with few available. The two-mode hybrid, is also only available front-wheel drive and the 3.6-liter is not yet on sale as of this writing.

Finally, the more sporting Red which has the 3.6-liter engine, at about $29,500, rising to $31,500 with all-wheel This one features a “sport suspension, manumatic operation for the heated sport seats, and wheels and tires. It is only more sporty than the isn’t very sporty at neither is recommended for the enthusiast.

Vues come with front side, and curtain Stability and traction control are along with four-wheel disc brakes.

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