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2007 Saturn VUE

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2007 Saturn VUE Review

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Now entering its fifth year of production, the Saturn VUE compact SUV has made great strides since its introduction, showing a big improvement in the areas of quality, performance and value. Designed to compete with such popular competitors as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, the 2007 VUE tackles the competition by offering a wider choice of engine options as well as a few unique features uncommon in this class. Consumers looking to downsize from their fuel-thirsty V8-powered SUVs, but who still need the versatility, may find the VUE an attractive alternative. Still, with many competitors now offering a third-row seat, the VUE's aging platform places it behind the curve when it comes to maximum seating capacity.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're shopping the compact SUV market for vehicles such as the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4, check out the VUE. It has plenty of room, car-like ride and handling and a fuel-saving hybrid option.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a small SUV that can seat seven, the VUE's lack of a third-row seat takes it out of the running.

What's Significant About This Car?

The biggest news for 2007 is the addition of the VUE Green Line, a passive hybrid delivering roughly 20-percent better fuel economy than its four-cylinder, gasoline only counterpart. Unlike other hybrids, the VUE Green Line will list for under $23,000, making it the most affordable hybrid SUV available.

Driving the VUE

Driving Impressions The base VUE's 2.2-liter Ecotec engine is not only frugal on gas, but surprisingly strong off the line. Of course, that description applies to the VUE when only two persons...

are aboard. For anyone who intends to use his or her VUE as a weekend warrior and primary family hauler, the V6 option is probably the better choice. This engine, along with its five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission, is specifically engineered for Saturn by Honda.

The V6 brings the normally demure VUE into a whole new realm—one of quicker acceleration and crisp throttle response. The new V6 has Variable Valve Timing (VVT), a system that controls intake and exhaust rates for improved low-end torque and fuel economy. The four-cylinder engine can get a bit loud when pushed, but the V6 delivers its power with little commotion or complaint.

Cargo Cutouts for Milk
The convenient cargo area includes special cutouts to hold one-gallon milk jugs.

Red Line Option
The Red Line option adds a sporting flavor.

2007 Saturn VUE Details
2007 Saturn VUE photo Interior

Inside are a host of clever compartments, including two bins in the rear cargo area that are each capable of holding a one-gallon milk jug firmly in place. There are also rear hooks for hanging shopping bags and a pull strap that makes it easier to close the rear hatch. Up front are two comfortable bucket seats divided by a wide center console with more storage areas and dual cup holders. Rear-seat passengers will also enjoy open and roomy space, highlighted by a reclining 70/30 split-bench seat. The front passenger seat folds completely flat so you can load long objects and close the rear hatch.

Exterior
2007 Saturn VUE photo

The clean lines of the VUE's exterior are plain and simple. Other than its new grille and headlight treatment and the sculpted side-sweep line, you'd never know this was a Saturn vehicle. On the flip side, this "blank-slate" look lends itself perfectly to aftermarket parts and accessories.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The VUE features a 2.2-liter engine, five-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, rear defroster, illuminated entry, cruise control, front and rear power outlets, AM/FM stereo, tilt steering wheel, full wheel covers, keyless entry, OnStar, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors and a rear wiper/washer. The VUE Green Line includes the same features but has a hybrid powertrain with a 2.4-liter engine and four-speed automatic transmission. The V6 model adds a 250-horsepower V6 with a five-speed automatic transmission, alloy wheels, traction control and anti-lock brakes (ABS).

Optional Equipment

Options include all-wheel drive (V6 only), heated front seats, a six-way power driver's seat, alloy wheels, power sunroof, leather seats, rear-seat DVD player, AM/FM stereo with CD and MP3 playback, a head-curtain airbag and the Red Line performance package available only with the V6.

Under the Hood

Though not terribly potent, the VUE's four-cylinder engine is on par with those offered by Hyundai, Toyota and Jeep. Those seeking more power or the need for all-wheel drive will want the Honda-derived V6; it's worth every penny. A nice compromise that won't break the bank is the new 2.4-liter hybrid option. Rated at 170 horsepower, the hybrid employs a motor/generator that kicks in to assist with quick starts and high-speed passing maneuvers. The gasoline engine shuts off when at idle and is quickly started again once the accelerator is depressed. A battery pack located beneath the floor provides power to the motor/generator and is recharged by the same unit whenever the vehicle decelerates.

2.2-liter in-line 4
144 horsepower @ 5400 rpm
149 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/29 (manual), 22/27 (automatic)

2.4-liter in-line 4 with Hybrid Motor
170 horsepower @ 6600 rpm
162 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/32

3.5-liter V6
250 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
242 lb.-ft. of torque 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28 (FWD), 19/25 (AWD)

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2007 Saturn VUE Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.6
Out of 10

Based on 990 Ratings for the 2002 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.0/10
    Quality
    7.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.1/10
    Performance
    7.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.0/10
    Styling
    8.1/10

Love my Vue

By on Tuesday, August 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 136,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Very reliable"

Cons: "They stopped making them!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought the Vue brand new. I have enjoyed every minute of driving this car. It has the get up and go I want ( 250 HP), is easy to pull in and out of parking spaces, has good visibility and has never let me down. I recently purchased a 2015 vehicle, only because I felt I needed to, however, I continue to leave the new one in the garage and drive the Vue!!!"

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Overall very reliable n well made vehicle

By on Sunday, July 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 133,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Had vehicle since 0 miles so since early 2006 all 133000 miles from me. Have had no major repairs on vehicle other than routine maintenance, fluids,brakes n tires. One recall over the life of vehicle for transmission shifting issue(automatic, computer issue) Honda v6 engine best decision made to go with over under powered four cylinder. Only issue as of late is rear wiper has mind of its own sometimes, lol."

3 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Transmissions piece of garbage

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 118,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
5/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Love the car wish it had a dependable transmission"

Cons: "The CVT tranny"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Never buy a car (like this one )that has a CVT transmission in it. Transmissions shops wont touch them with a ten foot pole and yes I have a 3 yr warranty but I'm on my 4th one and each one is lasting an average of 10,000 miles then they go out.The transmission guys say the CVT isn't meant for cars but snowmobiles which you don't drive as much. Even though I had a warranty this last time I had to threaten a Law Suit to get them to fix it cause they didn't want to honor it after already replacing 3."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

A great workhorse.

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 192,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Dependable. Never given me a lick of trouble."

Cons: "Getting tired of driving a stick."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This car has been a tremendous partner for the last 13 years. She has never given me any problems. Many many original parts just keep going on and on and on. Just replaced the battery two months ago. If they still made these cars I would buy one again in a heartbeat."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Love of my vehicular life!

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 258,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, comfortable, CUTE!!!"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"i bought this car when my son was on the way. My ion couldnt fit two kiddos. It has been a love story ever since! We have a naming scheme for the lovelies and we named this Vue "Enceladus" since he is white and seemed to be a no brainer :) This guy has paid us back for himself more times over and has been the most reliable vehicle we have ever owned. He's up there in miles and age but we have no plans to ever let this guy go! He has recently been hit by two speeding deer within a weeks's time in the exact same spot and only has a small tear at the front right wheel well and deer butt hair stick between the panelling at the rear right wheel well. Mechanically he is solid and everything works as well as day 1. The fuel economy is better than the specs indicate. I get around 27 - 29 mpg highway and probably about 22 mpg city. My range for highway would be more accurate since my driving is rural or highway (nothing is close by). I will say this, to keep the beat economy and life for your older saturns (high miles or actual age) is to keep synthetic running in it. I had a 1996 Sc1 that ran to 315,000 when i traded him in for my Ion and still had a lot of life left in him. That one was put in the saturn hall of fame at the dealership :D Nothing but pure love for this guy, Enceladus, and i will brag on him til i live no more! ;) Do yourself a favor and buy you one! You will NEVER regret it!"

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

worst car ever owned.

By on Sunday, May 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 124,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "AWD is actually good and 18 mpg is also big plus"

Cons: "horrible sound system. unreliable. poorly built."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"If you love spending money on a car then this is the vehicle for you! Changing the water pump and timing belt 3 times is for sure a big joy! Especially since each time costs roughly $600. Gotta love the serpentine belt and harmonic ballencer because those were replaced too. No leaks susurprisingly except for a very very small oil leak. Its a pain to drive thanks to the bad bushings and coil springs which make the loudest squeak ever when turning. It hesitates to switch gears sometimes which scares me a lot while driving but hey its a Saturn! DON'T get this car. Im trying to get rid of it ASAP."

14 people out of 24 found this review helpful

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