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2005 Saturn VUE

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2005 Saturn VUE Review

A reliable and sturdy vehicle.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2005 Saturn VUE is a four-door, mini sport utility vehicle that features practical design inside and out, with good maneuverability. This vehicle is more streamlined and boxy than some of the more bubbly imported SUV versions on the market.

The Range

Body Styles: mini SUV
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Saturn VUE

What's New

The interior and exterior trim details have been updated for 2005. Also, the four-cylinder no longer comes with four-wheel drive.

Exterior

The 2005 Saturn VUE has four doors, rear door access, and a flip up lift gate window. It comes standard with all-season tires, a temporary spare tire, roof rack, and cargo tie downs. It measures 71.5 inches wide, 66.5 inches tall, and 181.3 inches long, with a wheel base of 106.6 inches. The VUE weighs in at 3299 pounds. Maximum cargo capacity is 63.8 cubic feet, and its maximum towing capacity is 1500 pounds.

Interior

This vehicle features cloth bucket front seats with a driver’s seat that is height adjustable. The VUE has split-folding rear seats, and the rear and front passenger seats recline. The front seating has a center storage console and cup holders.

This 2005 Saturn VUE also has power steering, air-conditioning, and an AM/FM radio with four speakers. The V6 model has an AM/FM radio with CD player and six speakers. The V6 model also has cruise control, power door locks and mirrors, leather steering wheel and shift knob, an inside electrochromatic rear view mirror, and external temperature display. The cargo capacity is 30.8 cubic feet and 63.8 cubic feet with the seats folded down. Audio options for both vehicles include a rear seat DVD system with remote control and duel wireless headphones to view on a fold-down screen, MP3, six-CD changer, and XM satellite radio.

Performance & Handling

This vehicle does not provide as smooth a ride as some of its competitors, but the steering was recalibrated in 2004, which offered a nice improvement in handling both on the road and in parking lots. The four-cylinder can be somewhat sluggish off the mark, but the V-6 offers a boost in power with smooth shifting ability. One is a 2.2-liter four-cylinder with a five-speed manual transmission with 143 hp and 152 ft-lb of torque. Maximum towing capacity is 1500 pounds. One is a 3.5-liter V-6 with a five-speed automatic transmission with 250 hp and 242 ft-lb of torque. Maximum towing capacity is 3500 pounds. Both models are front-wheel-drive vehicles with four-wheel independent suspension.

Safety

The 2005 Saturn VUE has numerous safety features, including front disc and rear drum brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and traction control, anti-lock brake system, which is standard on the V-6 and optional on the four-cylinder, child safety locks on rear door, optional side/curtain airbags, and rear defogger. The V-6 model also includes a remote anti-theft alarm system. It fares well in safety tests. Crash test scores for all types of impacts received a five-star rating with a three-star rating for rollovers.

EPA Fuel Economy

Saturn VUE four-cylinder: 20/27 mpg city/highway
Saturn VUE V-6: 18/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious cabin
  • Comfortable ride
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Front passenger seat folds flat for more cargo space

You Won't Like

  • Smaller than expected front seats
  • Inferior interior materials including a flimsy lid on the center console

Sum Up

A reliable and sturdy vehicle.

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