2007 Saturn Vue

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Key Specs

of the 2007 Saturn Vue. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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)

Notable Features of the 2007 Saturn Vue

  • 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 Road Test

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David Thomas
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 ...

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

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(1.0)

MR FRANTZ

by FRANTZ from BROCKTON MA on June 1, 2018

SATURN 2007 HAS TWO RECALLED EVERY TIME YOU CALL THEY GIVE YOU A DIFFERENT REASON WY THEY NOT GOING TO FIXED IT FIRST THE CAR IS TOO OLD,OR YOU GET A FREE ROADSIDE SERVICE,THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT ... Read full review

(5.0)

The Best and Most Comfortable SUV I Ever Owned

by Marla from Gloucester, NJ on May 29, 2018

It is an older model, but doesn?t seem out of style. It is still in style even though it is a 2007. Of course you have to put some money into an older auto to keep it running well, but I feel that I ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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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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