For 2009, the Saturn VUE, a five-passenger compact SUV crossover, gains standard panic-brake assist and enhanced driver-information center, along with a chrome package that is optional on V6 trims. The base trim comes with front-wheel drive and is equipped with a 2.4L inline-4 engine that produces 169 hp and 161 lb-ft of torque, paired to a four-speed automatic transmission. A 3.5L V6 engine is available on the XE that generates 222 hp and 219 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission. Both the XR and Red Line are powered by a 3.6L V6 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that churns out 257 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. A manual-shift feature is standard on the high-performance Red Line and optional on the XR. Either front- or all-wheel drive is available on V6 trims. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the FWD I4 is 19 mpg city/26 mpg hwy, while the AWD V6 gets 15/22 and the FWD V6 gets 16/23. Saturn VUE standard safety features include dual-stage driver and front-passenger air bags with passenger sensing and side impact air bags.Read more Read less
Following a complete redesign last year, the 2009 Saturn Vue carries over with only a few changes. Most notable is the introduction a new hybrid engine in the Vue Hybrid. The 262-hp system was developed as a joint project with Chrysler and BMW and combines a 3.6-liter variable-valve timing direct-injection V6 with the two-mode hybrid system. This allows the small SUV can run solely on engine power, on battery power, or on a combination of the two. Also new to the Vue lineup are Bluetooth handsfree connectivity and a remote starting system on the hybrid. The AM/FM CD stereo with MP3 player and DVD-based navigation is no longer available on XE models, and a few exterior colors have changed.
Sharp styling; smooth ride; hybrid fuel economy; extensive cargo space; standard safety equipment; towing stability feature
The base 2009 Saturn Vue XE represents a particularly strong value with its wide range of standard features and economical engine. The four-cylinder variant offers an EPA fuel economy rating of 25 mpg city and 32 mpg highway, while the new two-mode V6 rates achieves 28 mpg in the city and 31 mpg highway, making it the most fuel-efficient V6 SUV in the world. The Vue has a smooth, controlled ride and car-like handling, matched with an especially roomy interior and good towing ability for its size.
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