2007 Saturn Vue Green Line First Drive
An inexpensive, ho-hum hybrid with a promise of 32 mpg highway
Suffering its own share of lumps over the years, General Motors – for once – found itself in the enviable position of not only presenting its 2007 Saturn VUE Green Line hybrid SUV to the press, but also confirming for those who weren’t sure that a Saturn AURA hybrid sedan will be arriving within six months or so, with a Chevrolet Malibu hybrid sedan arriving soon thereafter. Unlike the two-mode systems featured on the upcoming large GM SUV hybrids, the Vue Green Line, Aura Green Line, and Malibu hybrids couple a traditional four-cylinder engine with an electric generator and a battery pack. Details are sketchy on the sedans, but the 2007 Saturn Vue Green Line, due to hit the streets mid-summer 2006, was made available to members of the media for a short drive around Santa Monica, Calif. What we found was an SUV that falls short on both driving excitement and materials quality, but promises to raise a few eyebrows with a $22,995 starting price and claims of 32 mpg on the highway.