2008 Saturn VUE


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2008 Saturn VUE Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Saturn VUE was new.

Pros & Cons

  • Good V6 power and performance
  • Sleek and stylish exterior
  • Comfortable, accommodating interior
  • IIHS "Top Safety Pick" for 2008
  • Less cargo space than closest competitors
  • Underpowered base engine

8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.0
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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2008 Saturn VUE Overview

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
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