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2008 Saturn VUE Review

This review was written when the 2008 Saturn VUE was new.

The VUE ranks near the top of its class because it offers one of the best combinations of style, a comfortable interior and impressive performance.

The Saturn VUE, which has undergone a complete overhaul for 2008, is an able-driving, eye-catching SUV with a comfortable interior. This year's VUE is the result of GM's partnership with its German subsidiary, Opel, and will sell in Europe as the Opel Antara. "The redesigned Vue is a sophisticated machine with flair at an affordable price -- something even a German would consider buying," says the Detroit News. "...Starting at $21,000, the redesigned Vue's posh looks and smooth ride make this crossover feel like a real value."

The VUE has been one of Saturn's best-selling models so far in 2008, but that is typical of a redesign.  It places in the bottom half of its class for fuel economy, which will undoubtedly hurt its value proposition in a world of hyper-expensive gasoline. Regardless, it ranks well within its class and ranks within the top third of Affordable Crossover SUVs.

The VUE comes in several trims -- the base XE, XE-V6, XR, and the performance-oriented Red Line. It also comes in a Green Line hybrid version, which is reviewed separately.

  • "Saturns have never looked or felt so good." -- Car and Driver
  • "The 2008 Saturn Vue is completely redesigned, and is such a quantum leap over the original that we're a little surprised that GM decided to keep the name. ...Forget everything you know about the Vue, from its dumpy shape to the ill-fitting plastic body panels." -- Autobytel
Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

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