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2007 Saturn VUE Review

Practical SUV improves and adds more appeal.

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Overview

The 2007 Saturn VUE addresses past complaints about some shortcomings. This SUV faces much competition and offers some high points such as cabin space, a smooth ride, a dent-resistant body, an extensive list of standard features, and the new Green Line hybrid version, a surprisingly low-priced addition. The VUE lacks the handling and dynamics of some popular class-leading rivals, but for families that need a reasonably priced compact SUV hybrid, the Green Line deserves a look. All in all, the VUE doesn’t lead its class, but it provides a solid option.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 3.5-liter V-6, 2.4-liter four-cylinder hybrid
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Saturn VUE, Saturn VUE Green Line

What's New

For 2007 the Saturn VUE adds a hybrid version, the VUE Green Line, to the lineup. Other than the new hybrid, it lacks any significant changes for this model year.

Exterior

The 2007 Saturn VUE compact SUV comes with a choice of three power plants: a four-cylinder gasoline engine, a four-cylinder gas-electric hybrid, and a V-6 gas engine. These choices basically denote the trim. The base four-cylinder VUE starts with 16-inch wheels. Moving up to the six-cylinder adds 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels and color-keyed door handles. Optional on the V-6 is the Red Line Performance Package that features a lowered, sport-tuned suspension and 18-inch wheels. A sunroof remains a standalone option.

Interior

The base comes well-equipped with keyless entry, air-conditioning, full power features, OnStar telematics, steering wheel audio controls, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, and a CD stereo with an auxiliary jack. The Red Line package adds ebony leather seats with suede inserts, unique instrumentation and ambient foot-well lighting. Available features for all trims of the 2007 Saturn VUE include the Comfort Package with a power driver’s seat and heated front seats and the Leather Appointments Package, which includes leather seating and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Standalone options include upgraded audio systems, satellite radio, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

Performance & Handling

The base VUE makes use of a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 144 horsepower and 152 lb-ft of torque and mates to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. The VUE Green Line hybrid uses a 2.4-liter, gas/electric hybrid four-cylinder that makes 170 horsepower and 160 lb-ft of torque that runs through a four-speed automatic. The V-6 versions feature a 3.5-liter V-6 borrowed from Honda that puts out 248 horsepower and 242 lb-ft of torque and pairs with a five-speed automatic. All VUEs use front drive except for the V-6 version, which offers an option for front drive or all-wheel drive. Zero-to-60 mph times vary based on engine choice. A Red Line with all-wheel drive accelerates to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds. Expect the front-drive V-6 to move slightly faster. The Green Line hybrid takes a leisurely 10.7 seconds in the same run.

With vague steering, a soft ride, and little durability or toughness, the 2007 Saturn VUE is clearly meant to be a pavement warrior. The handling is not nearly as sporty or athletic as some of its rivals. Owners do not recommend off-road excursions. Don’t expect a VUE to carve up the road or a trail, but do expect a comfortable and well-mannered ride and driving experience.

Safety

Anti-lock brakes come standard on the V-6 and optional on the other models. Traction control comes standard on the front-drive V-6 and Green Line and remains optional on the base four-cylinder. Stability control and front-seat side airbags remain unavailable, though side-curtain airbags provide an option. In NHTSA testing, the 2007 Saturn VUE earns five out of five stars for all crash tests except rollover resistance where it receives only three out of five stars. Call it the SUV “Achilles heel""—the rollover problem. In tests conducted by the IIHS, the VUE receives a very mixed review. In frontal-impact tests the VUE mostly earns the top rating of “Good,"" but in side- and rear-impact tests, many of the ratings are the two lowest scores: “Marginal"" and “Poor."" Such a mixed review after extensive testing makes it difficult to recommend the VUE based on occupant protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

Saturn VUE four-cylinder: 20/27 mpg city/highway
Saturn VUE V-6: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Saturn VUE Green Line: 23/29 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • V-6 engine power
  • Cabin space
  • Ride comfort
  • Affordable hybrid option

You Won't Like

  • Low build quality
  • Small front seats
  • Uncommunicative steering
  • Lacking some convenience and safety features

Sum Up

Practical SUV improves and adds more appeal.

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