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in 2009 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $9,898 - $13,385
Original MSRP: $23,280 - $30,935
MPG: 19 City / 26 Hwy
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2009 Saturn VUE Interior

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The VUE's five-passenger cabin is stylish, spacious and high-quality. Reviewers especially like its ergonomics and unique features. However, it doesn't offer as mush cargo space as competitors and seating comfort is questionable.

  • "Materials quality and assembly of models tested are arguably the best in the compact-SUV class. On one test Red Line, the lumbar adjustment knob for the driver seat became detached from its housing." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Saturn has crafted a classy cabin for the Vue. The chrome-ringed air vents are Audi-like, and Saturn says the glove box is large enough to hold a medium-sized purse. Cloth seating surfaces are standard; leather seats are optional." -- Cars.com
  • "Long a GM stumbling block, the Vue puts its best foot forward with excellent interior accommodations and few complaints to be found." -- Autobytel
  • "The interior is classy, well laid out and comfortable -- a blend of German craftsmanship and American convenience." -- Detroit News

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Seating

Reviewers agree the VUE's cabin is very spacious. But while some find the seats comfortable, others have a few complaints.

  • "Excellent headroom [in the rear seat]. The reclining seatback is a nice feature, though a small range of motion limits its usefulness. Comfort is compromised by limited legroom, short seat bottoms, and too-firm cushioning. The fold-down center armrest is too high for comfortable use. " -- Consumer Guide
  • "Space? There's plenty for everybody up front, with plenty for most in the back. There is no third row, which we didn't mind because so many third-row seats are more cargo obstacles than anything else." -- Car and Driver
  • "The seats -- flat and supportive though not particularly well-bolstered -- are comfortable, though hard cornering tests occupants' ability to sit flat and comfortably." -- Boston Globe
  • "The seats were supportive and straddled the line between cushy and firm. I could never decide if they were too soft or too solid, but, as Goldilocks would say, they weren't just right, either." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

The 2009 Saturn VUE comes with plenty of standard features and boasts innovative options. A wireless cell phone link is a new option for 2009.

  • "Everything is well laid out and easy to see. The gauges are large and clear. There is no engine temperature gauge or a digital readout, which seems like a curious omission. The available navigation system absorbs audio functions but doesn't complicate their use." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The ergonomics were delightfully simple, with a centered audio button that was big enough to turn with gloves on a cold autumn morning. The same goes for three large knobs that control climate. Touch-buttons were big and rectangular." -- Boston Globe
  • "To its credit, Saturn offers a number of surprise and delight features, such as a pull-out stowage compartment in the dash to the left of the steering wheel. And there's a cell-phone holder as well as a credit-card slot in the dash for ready access to both." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "The dash is smooth and elegant. The instrument gauges are easy to read. The edges are soft, and the control knobs have a rubber edge, making them feel nicer. Those are great details that people notice every time they turn up the AC or turn down the stereo. Interiors should be tactile, and the Vue hits the mark." -- Detroit News

Cargo

The VUE doesn't offer as much space for cargo as other SUVs in its class, but should still suit most owners' purposes. 

  • "As much space as we found for people, the cargo hold is not as capacious as the Vue's major competitors-it will take on 29 cubic feet of goodies, or 54 with the second-row seats folded-a casualty not so much of the roofline as the high load floor." -- Car and Driver
  • "There is lots of interior storage, including a large, illuminated glove box, a slide-out storage bin under the front passenger seat, a rear cargo system with upper and lower side rails, and storage under the rear cargo area." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • "The front passenger seat folds flat so long items, such as two-by-fours, can be carried inside the cabin. Folding the 60/40-split rear seats expands the cargo area's 26.5 cubic feet of space to 54.3 cubic feet." -- Cars.com
  • "Good space behind the 2nd row becomes plentiful with the rear seatbacks folded. The seatbacks fold flat as well. Relatively low liftover is a plus. Vue has underfloor storage compartments located around the spare tire that are handy for keeping small items out of sight. In-cabin storage is meager, though. The center console is on the small side." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Behind the second row is a rear cargo management system that includes nets and upper and lower adjustable rails. All this useful space feels more Ikea instead of the previous generation's Wal-Mart vibe." -- Detroit News

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