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2008 Saturn VUE XR

At a Glance

Pricing $21,250 - $29,300
Drive Types FWD, AWD
Engines 2.4l I4, 2.4l I4 HEV, 3.5l V6, 3.6l V6
Transmissions A4, A6
Fuel Economy 15-19 (city), 22-26 (highway)

Overview Information

The first version of the Saturn Vue suffered from awkward styling and a cheap-looking interior. GM wisely rebadged the far superior Opel Antara for the next-generation Vue. Saturn offers a choice of a 2.4L I-4, 3.5L V-6, or a 3.6L V-6. A Green Line hybrid model powered by a 2.4L I-4 and an electric motor/generator is provides enhanced fuel economy. For enthusiasts, the Vue Red Line with the 257-bhp/248 lb.-ft. 3.6L V-6 and 6-speed automatic is the obvious choice. With its firmly tuned suspension, the Vue Red Line is a fine handling SUV. An optional towing package allows the Vue to tow up to 3,500 lbs. Electronic Trailer Sway Control is part of the standard Stabilitrak stability control system. Available options include 17-inch alloy wheels, navigation system, heated front seats, cargo management system, and remote start. The new Vue is a competitive alternative to the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape.

What Changed:

The new VUE has changed very little in size, but now features a stylish exterior and interior that is a clean break from the plastic body-paneled VUEs of the past. The VUE range still includes a choice of FWD and AWD models powered by four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines. A Green Line hybrid version is still offered as is the Red Line performance model. The newfound style and sophistication has come at a cost. Pricing for the VUE is up about $3,000 across the board.

Official Word:

A compact five-door crossover vehicle with European-inspired design and sporty ride and handling, the 2008 Vue is the latest Saturn model to showcase the brand's new design character and intensified focus on driving characteristics. The Vue also reinforces Saturn's commitment to safety by offering a comprehensive list of safety-enhancing features. "The 2008 Vue continues the product revitalization at Saturn," said Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak. "The all-new Vue is versatile, technologically advanced and loaded with safety...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
VUE XE 2.4l I4 (164-bhp) A4 FWD 19/26/22 $21,250
VUE XE 3.5l V6 (215-bhp) A6 AWD 15/22/18 $24,370
VUE XR 3.6l V6 (250-bhp) A6 FWD 16/23/19 $24,800
VUE XR 3.6l V6 (250-bhp) A6 AWD 16/22/19 $26,800
VUE Red Line 3.6l V6 (250-bhp) A6 FWD 16/24/20 $27,300
VUE Red Line 3.6l V6 (250-bhp) A6 AWD 16/22/19 $29,300
VUE Green Line 2.4l I4 HEV (170-bhp) A4 FWD $24,170