Saturn SUVs Ratings
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2005 Saturn VUE - V6 (A5) FWD
Pros: The look
Cons: ALL THE PROBLEMS
Advice: DoNot get a 2005 REDLINE!I bought this truck new in 2005, its not even 3 years old and ive had to change the rotors twice and now they say i need them again. so far, ive had to replace, the sway bar and links, front wheels bearring, and now they are saying my back shocks. I drive alot for work but i didnt expect this many problems. This is my second saturn and im seriously debting NEVER gettting another one again.
2008 Saturn VUE - 4-Cyl XE FWD
Advice: stay away from 4 cylinder engineWe have purchased the 2008 Saturn Vue XE,which is the 4 cyl. What a mistake, if you are driving this vehicle on the highway,dont try to set the cruise any above 60 MPH, its constantly shifting back and forth, trying to mantain speed.With 1800 miles on it we are considering tradeing it for the 6 cylinder. Other than that its a great vehicle.
2007 Saturn VUE - 4 CYL (A4) FWD
Pros: On Star
Advice: Get the V6The roominess of the car is great and the appearance is stlyish. I would definately get the V6 engine and the front seats could be a bit roomier. Leg room is great both front and rear. Has a very smooth highway ride alothough the engine is a bit noisy. Good amount of cargo space and storage. Could use a bottle holer in the door. The power window switches take some getting use to and the sound system sucks.
2007 Saturn VUE Hybrid - Base
Cons: mileage, turning radius
Advice: The dealer knows there are problems, but not helpful. Be prepared to fight for everything.When I went shopping for a new car, I was immediately drawn to the Saturn Vue Hybrid because of the posted EPA mileage rating on the sticker (for an SUV, and as opposed to the standard VUE) and the environmental aspects. On the test drive I was thrilled at how comfortably it fit me (I'm 5'1'), and how easily it drove. I thought I had found the perfect car for me. I was wrong. The day after I drove it off the lot, I was into the fourth hour of a road trip when the check engine and air bag lights went on. OnStar told me I should not drive it as the air bags were inoperative. My Vue experience has been downhill from there. No matter how carefully (ECO light on much of the time), I drive, coast, accelerate, etc., my mileage averages 23 City/25 Hwy. Service said it was an oxygen sensor, and they replaced it, but it hasn't made a bit of difference: there has been no improvement in the mileage. I had problems with the cruise control. The shop says they fixed it. I hope so. And there are continuing 'issues' with acceleration. The throttle intermittently sticks, and the car won't upshift. The ignition switch is very sticky. The key sometimes gets completely stuck; other times it just doesn't turn well. I was told that's just the way they make the Vue and to get used to it. Not an easy thing to do when one has joint problems in her hands. My husband went to the shop today and showed them the metal filings on the plastic around the key switch from grinding the key in the switch, and they finally (and very reluctantly) agreed to replace the key switch. And the parking brake does not always unlock the doors. I was told to 'slam' the shifter into the 'park' position. That's the way to 'fix' the problem? Again, not something easy when dealing with sore joints. And certainly not expected in a brand new car. At least, not any new car I have ever owned. Of course, I've never previously owned a Saturn. I've never had such a feeling of doom about any new car I've purchased, as I have about this car. I've only owned it for two months. If it has these problems now, I can't help but wonder what's waiting down the road.... It's really a shame, because I was very excited to own this hybrid SUV. Now, however, I couldn't, in good conscience, recommend it to anyone.
2007 Saturn OUTLOOK - XR AWD
Pros: Navigation system
Cons: Mechanical adjustable tilt/telescopic stearing column
Advice: Just Buy it!!!Excellent ride and handling,as big as a mini van without it feeling like one. Third row seat plenty of room for adults.
2008 Saturn VUE - V6 XR FWD
Pros: Exterior look
Cons: Interior upper trim for sun glasses
Advice: You would appreciate any model vehicle with a factory Navigation System.The wife and I each owned 2004 VUE's. I later replaced mine with a 2006. The wife bought her 2008 VUE XR a few days ago. With 257 HP, 6 speed auto transmission, interior trim and the very sporty exterior! You CAN'T COMPARE to the double priced SUV's. We are just sorry there was not one available with the navigations system when she bought. With Saturns 30 day/1500 mile return policy, we're looking!
2007 Saturn VUE Hybrid - Base
Pros: Very good gas efficiency
Cons: Only 5 passanger capacity
Advice: Check it out for yourselfThe test drive was the deciding factor in choice of this car. I was supprised by its acceleration and handeling characteristics.