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Saturn Vue

The national nightmare of 11, 2001, was the unforeseen backdrop for the of Saturn’s vital SUV, the

Americans were flocking to crossover wagons like the Escape, Honda CR-V and RAV4. Vue was intended to match or them for roominess, versatility, and fuel economy. Significantly, Vue the Theta platform destined for vehicles at other GM brands, but Saturn tradition by wearing vertical body panels.

Vue offered the two L-Series engines. The V-6 only with a new five-speed transmission and an all-wheel drive (AWD) with no transfer or low-range gearing. The four-cylinder with front drive and manual or with front or AWD operating through the promised called VTi (for Variable intelligent).

Developed by GM’s Hydramatic and sourced from Europe, the CVT was Saturn first in American Like similar designs at and Audi, it used a special belt running between two expandable pulleys to provide a number of drive ratios. control insured the transmission was in the right gear for optimum and fuel efficiency.

Interestingly, Saturn claimed mph acceleration of 10.2 seconds for the Vue with CVT versus 11.1 manual. The AWD V-6 was pegged at 8.4 seconds, Car and Driver verified in its first Vue test. Another class was electric power steering, motors replacing power-sapping

Otherwise, Saturn’s SUV closely its rivals in dimensions, utility, and economy. Consumer Guide® that it leans more in than Escape or CR-V and to nose-plow where most SUVs feel nimble. was vague on-center and doesn’t much road feel.

But ride was judged a strong Tires and suspension [four-wheel do a good job of absorbing the worst CG’s overall assessment: Vue lacks in handling it more makes up for in versatility, ride and interior comfort. Even attractive are its competitive pricing $16,300-$22,600] and the high customer-satisfaction for Saturn’s dealership experience and price strategy.

Vue got off to a good finding more than buyers in calendar 2002 and 82,000 in ’03. Though was a modest showing by historic standards, it was creditable in the far-more and ruthless new-century market.

Most buyers preferred the AWD V-6 its orthodox automatic transmission a good thing, as the CVT was delayed by troubles to mid-2002 and was hard to get then. Automotive News that only 37 percent of Vue was so equipped. No matter.

The V-6 increased its for 2003, when Saturn it with front-wheel drive, One other change that was the new option of leather upholstery and front seats.

Calendar deliveries rose six percent to 87,000. Making sense of 2000 press release, Vue the 181-bhp 3.0-liter GM V-6 for a 250-bhp Honda unit, basically the engine used in Honda’s Odyssey minivan.

Though the swap did wonders for Vue and mechanical finesse, it was a telling for the world’s largest automaker. too, as Saturn now had to sell, and warranty a competitor’s engine avoiding mention that it was a engine.

But the Honda V-6 made a starting point for the Vue Red Line, the in a planned series of sporty submodels. Arriving at mid-2004 as a package for V-6 versions, the Red Line included a lower-riding firmed-up with 18-inch wheels and plus specific trim and out.

All ’04 Vues received steering, chrome-ringed white-face and available satellite radio; added standard 17-inch a new option on mainstream front-drivers.

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