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Pros: Auto-stop engine at Stop lights or signs & the instant fuel economy has caused me to be more vigilant with the speed limit.
Cons: It wiould be great if battery power alone could be used up to 35-45 miles per hour - think about that for future development.
Advice: Test drive a variety of hybrid vehicles to get a good feel for the vehicle and the features you want, which is what I did.I purchased this vehicle three weeks ago. I like the small SUV, I'd had larger ones before, the fact it's a hybrid, and the gas mileage I'm getting. I've already driven it nearly 2800 miles due to a vacation, and we've reliably had consistent gas mileage of 27.5 to 30 miles per gal. I have noticed that the average fuel economy is sometimes not accurate with the actual calculation, but this is not problematic. We recently drove around a busy city with 5 adults, suitcases, a walker and a wheelchair. We were able to maintain comfort and fit it all in.
Pros: Body style
Cons: Car too heavy for 4 cyl. Saturn should reconsider.
Advice: Stay away from the 4 cyl.The 4 cyl has no power, someone might get injured if they are not aware of the slowness of acceleration. I owned a 2004 VUE which performed much better, this new body style is attractive but the car is too heavy for the motor in my opinion. Somewhere between 40-50 miles per hour it downshifts and you can floor board it and it will hardly move until it is ready to shift, whenever that may be. I also do not get the 18 miles per gallon city they advertise.
Pros: on star
Cons: Burns lots of gas
Advice: ...The car is great, but mine vue broke down after not even 2 weeks after purchase and only 800miles. I was told that it was computer problem , and as of right now its still not fixed. Im very upset with the whole situation and b/c of what happened would probably not consider buying another Saturn vehicle.
Pros: I like them all the same.
Cons: leg room
Advice: Get it loadedRides smooth not enough leg room for driver with long legs
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.
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!