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2006 Saturn Vue

2006 Saturn Vue

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$1,534 — $7,098 USED
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • 250-hp engine performance
  • Handling and stability with 250-hp engine
  • Easy entry and exit
  • Interior layout
  • Government crash-test ratings

The Bad

  • Road noise
  • Four-cylinder engine noise
  • Stability on slippery pavement
  • Base model's resale value

What to Know

about the 2006 Saturn Vue
  • Available 250-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • FWD or AWD
  • Available XM Satellite Radio

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2006 Saturn Vue Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Saturn entered the sport utility vehicle arena for 2002 with its compact, carlike Vue. One special technological touch was a gearless continuously variable transmission. Saturn dropped the CVT in 2005 for a conventional four- or five-speed automatic.

A Red Line series arrived in early 2004 that promises high-performance sportiness. Developed with the assistance of General Motors’ Performance Division, the Red Line has a lowered performance-tuned suspension, ground-effects body components and 18-inch wheels. Rather than the Vue’s original 3.0-liter V-6, the Red Line model uses a Honda-built 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 250 horsepower. The 3.0-liter V-6 was later dropped, and all V-6-equipped Vues now have the 3.5-liter engine.

For 2006, the Vue gets exterior and interior appearance upgrades for a more upscale, luxurious appearance. GM’s OnStar communication system also becomes standard. XM Satellite Radio and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system are optional.

Exterior
Space-frame construction and dent-resistant polymer bodyside panels are similar to those used on Saturn’s passenger cars. Full-length frame rails and a steel safety cage form a single welded structure.

For 2006, the Vue receives updated exterior styling. Slightly scalloped headlamps replace the previous rectangular design, framing a small, trapezoidal grille. Optional fog lamps are smaller and more recessed, and a pronounced lower air intake sits on a monotone bumper instead of ...

Vehicle Overview
Saturn entered the sport utility vehicle arena for 2002 with its compact, carlike Vue. One special technological touch was a gearless continuously variable transmission. Saturn dropped the CVT in 2005 for a conventional four- or five-speed automatic.

A Red Line series arrived in early 2004 that promises high-performance sportiness. Developed with the assistance of General Motors’ Performance Division, the Red Line has a lowered performance-tuned suspension, ground-effects body components and 18-inch wheels. Rather than the Vue’s original 3.0-liter V-6, the Red Line model uses a Honda-built 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 250 horsepower. The 3.0-liter V-6 was later dropped, and all V-6-equipped Vues now have the 3.5-liter engine.

For 2006, the Vue gets exterior and interior appearance upgrades for a more upscale, luxurious appearance. GM’s OnStar communication system also becomes standard. XM Satellite Radio and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system are optional.

Exterior
Space-frame construction and dent-resistant polymer bodyside panels are similar to those used on Saturn’s passenger cars. Full-length frame rails and a steel safety cage form a single welded structure.

For 2006, the Vue receives updated exterior styling. Slightly scalloped headlamps replace the previous rectangular design, framing a small, trapezoidal grille. Optional fog lamps are smaller and more recessed, and a pronounced lower air intake sits on a monotone bumper instead of the previous two-tone setup. Car-height bumpers can resist 5-mph impacts.

The Vue measures 181.3 inches long overall, rides a 106.6-inch wheelbase and has 8 inches of ground clearance. A new silver finish on the Red Line’s grille echoes Saturn’s Aura concept and upcoming Sky roadster. Unique rocker panels and wheels create a more aggressive presence than other Vues. A sunroof is optional.

Saturn’s SUV has a fully independent suspension and electric power steering. All-wheel-drive V-6 models get standard 17-inch tires, versus 16-inchers for four-cylinder and front-wheel-drive Vues. Red Line models feature 18-inch aluminum wheels with performance Bridgestone tires.

Interior
The 2006 Vue also gets a restyled interior. Updated textures, a new radio design and chrome instrument rings create a more upscale appearance. The steering wheel also gains auxiliary audio controls.

Five occupants benefit from easy entry and exit thanks to a low step-in height. The front-passenger seatback folds flat, and rear occupants get a 70/30-split, folding bench seat. Cargo volume is 30.8 cubic feet when the backseat is up and 63.8 cubic feet when the seat is folded. Side storage bins are included, and the rear cargo organizer flips up.

Under the Hood
The base 2.2-liter four-cylinder produces 143 hp. It teams with a standard Getrag five-speed-manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic. The 250-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 mates with a five-speed automatic. Available all-wheel drive can transfer up to 100 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels.

Safety
Antilock brakes are standard on V-6-equipped models and optional on four-cylinder-powered versions. Side curtain-type airbags are available.

Driving Impressions
Performance with the original V-6 fell short of vigorous, but the current 250-hp V-6 provides a welcome power boost. This model feels tighter and more stable. A regular Vue’s handling can’t be called sporty, but it’s adequately precise. The Red Line is tauter yet. Ride quality is nearly flawless on smooth pavement, but some Vues grow skittish on wet surfaces.

Visibility to the front and side is excellent due in part to a very low cowl. Getting in and out of this SUV is very easy.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
75 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

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(3.0)

WATCH OUT FOR RUST

by Steves from Centerville on November 4, 2020

I bought my 2006 Vue with only 74000 miles on it, one owner. Test drove it, didn't really notice any problems so bought it "as is" (big mistake). Got home and just didn't feel right so had a local ... Read full review

(5.0)

A gorgeously designed SUV!!!!

by VUE ❤️ LOVER from Campbell, Ca on October 28, 2020

In 2006 I took delivery of this gorgeous perfect #’s matched SUV with 4 miles on it. I had all the bells & whistles added onto my SUV, and it’s absolutely STUNNING!! I’m the original owner & I just ... Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2006 Saturn Vue currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Vue received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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