2007 Saturn Vue

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$17,475

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2007 Saturn Vue

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • 248-hp engine performance
  • Handling and stability with 248-hp engine
  • Easy entry and exit
  • Interior layout
  • Government crash-test ratings
  • Estimated gas mileage (hybrid)

The bad:

  • Road noise
  • Four-cylinder engine noise
  • Stability on slippery pavement
  • Base model's resale value
  • AWD not available (hybrid)

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Available 248-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
  • Upgraded stereo options
  • FWD or AWD
  • Deep Blue replaces Pacific Blue
  • 170-hp hybrid powertrain
  • Charge/assist gauge (hybrid)
  • Low-rolling-resistance tires (hybrid)

2007 Saturn Vue review: Our expert's take

By David Thomas

The verdict:

Versus the competiton:

There’s no bigger buzzword in the car world than “hybrid.” GM is getting in on the act with the Saturn Vue Green Line, the first of the automaker’s new line of “affordable” hybrid systems.

It doesn’t offer the extreme mileage of smaller hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid, but it does compete with other compact SUVs, like the Ford Escape Hybrid. GM says the most important thing for buyers will be affordability; the Vue Green Line starts at $22,370 and gets 27/32 mpg city/highway. That compares to the Escape Hybrid’s sticker of $25,655 and 36/31 gas mileage. I spent a morning with the Green Line and came away surprised at how much value GM managed to pack into this efficient SUV.

Driving Impressions
The technology powering this hybrid is a standard gasoline-powered 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor. Combined, they produce 170 horsepower and 167 pounds-feet of torque. That doesn’t sound like much, but the all-new Honda CR-V only produces 166 hp, so this hybrid is competitive in the market.

On the road, I found the Vue a capable companion no matter what type of engine was under the hood. Road noise was minimal, the ride was pleasing and handling was more responsive than I remember in older Vue models. Of course, there are a few hybrid quirks that take some getting used to. When you come to a stop the engine pretty much shuts off. When you accelerate again, the electric motor does almost all the work up to a certain speed, but the Green Line does a good job of making the process feel normal. I didn’t find the powerplant lacking for acceleration power on the highway, either.

My sole complaint would be the four-speed transmission, which didn’t deliver silky-smooth gear changes at every moment, but for cars in this price range, that’s not a deal-breaker.

The brakes were also surprisingly solid considering the rears are drums and they’re part of the hybrid system. Even though there aren’t disc brakes on all four corners, antilock brakes come standard.

Exterior & Interior
The Vue’s exterior and interior got a mild upgrade just last year. Besides a few small badges proclaiming its greenness, the Green Line doesn’t look any different from the gasoline models.

As in a standard Vue, the interior plastic and fabric aren’t top of the class, but for an SUV they come off as utilitarian and would likely hold up well over time. There’s a small meter in the gauge cluster that shows drivers when the hybrid is charging its batteries through braking, as well as when the electric motor kicks on to assist in acceleration. This will become vital for those learning the proper way to drive a hybrid for optimum efficiency — think, “lots of coasting.”

Saturn also managed to stow all the hybrid mechanicals — mainly the large batteries — in such a way as not to lose any cargo space. That space is slightly smaller than newly redesigned rivals in the segment, like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Mitsubishi Outlander. Or course, none of those small SUVs get this kind of gas mileage and all are around the same price or more.

Features
The Vue is a no-frills machine; the big feature here is the hybrid system. XM Satellite Radio and OnStar are available, but OnStar’s new Turn-by-Turn navigation service is not.

Safety
The Vue does a decent job in the safety arena but still lags competitors in standard features. Side curtain airbags are optional, and without them the 2006 Vue received the lowest side-impact crash-test rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It did, however, receive the highest rating for frontal crashes. Antilock brakes with traction control do come standard, but there is no rollover mitigation or electronic stability system offered.

Vue Green Line in the Market
There simply isn’t a greener or more efficient small SUV for this price on the market. The cost of entry versus the value you get in the Vue is very favorable, and it’s the type of hybrid I prefer because it doesn’t let technology take over the driving experience.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.0
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews

3.0

A decent little big car

I had to replace the air conditioner completely. The sunroof dropped a little and the floors inside flooded when it rained. A little cleaning and a Window adjustment fixed it. Otherwise it’s a very nice economical car.

4.6

It’s a really good car

It’s very roomy and it drives good, a great family car and the interior is in great condition well taken care of by me and the previous owners

3.9

Need Help with my loving car

I love my Saturn it’s 07 bye. But a week a go it last power to battery trying to luck up on me All light started to go off and on lost power need help to fine what is going on .. I what to get it back on the road (. Help)

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