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2009 Saturn VUE Hybrid Review

The 2009 Saturn Vue Hybrid has great safety ratings and fuel economy ratings, but its underwhelming performance keeps it from competing with other 2009 compact SUVs.

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy
  • Excellent safety scores
  • Lackluster performance
  • No available all-wheel drive

Rankings & Research

The 2009 Saturn VUE Hybrid's #14 ranking is based on its score within the 2009 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Saturn VUE Hybrid has a score of 7.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 42 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.6
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 9.5 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
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2009 Saturn VUE Hybrid Overview

The 2009 Saturn Vue Hybrid offers excellent safety scores, good fuel economy and a soft ride, but shoppers will sacrifice performance for those fuel savings. When it was new, reviewers thought that the Vue Hybrid had a lackluster base engine and even disliked the Vue Hybrid’s available V6. Additionally, they found that the Vue Hybrid handled poorly with little steering feel. There is no all-wheel drive available on the Vue Hybrid, so if you’re seeking added road grip, you may want to look at the gasoline-powered 2009 Saturn Vue. The Vue Hybrid gets great fuel economy for the class, but lags slightly behind other 2009 hybrid SUVs like the 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid. Still, 28 miles per gallon combined city/highway is nothing to sneeze at, especially for a V6 engine. 

The Vue Hybrid received mixed reviews for its interior, but most agreed that it had good-quality materials for its class. Still, most reviewers believed it trailed 2009 compact SUVs like the 2009 Honda CR-V and 2009 Toyota RAV4. Some thought that seating was comfortable for the most part, but a few test drivers felt that the rear seats lacked legroom, and the Vue Hybrid trails competitors in terms of cargo room. The Vue Hybrid is only available in one trim, which means it is well-equipped with features, including cruise control, steering wheel-mounted controls, automatic climate control and OnStar. Available features include rain-sensing wipers, an eight-way power driver seat and leather upholstery.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid is a good alternative to consider. The Escape Hybrid edges the Vue Hybrid with better performance and interior quality. The Escape Hybrid also has better fuel economy, though the Vue Hybrid has better safety scores.

The highly-ranked 2009 Chevrolet Equinox offers large interior and cargo spaces. With the Equinox, you also get better performance, though the Vue Hybrid has better fuel economy and safety ratings.

Compare the Vue Hybrid to the Escape Hybrid and Equinox »

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