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2008 Saturn VUE

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2008 Saturn VUE Review

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Launched in model year 1991, the Saturn brand was conceived by GM to appeal to import shoppers. Eighteen years later, there finally will be an entire lineup capable of doing just that. The 2008 Saturn Vue compact crossover SUV is the fourth of five new vehicles that will have totally reformed Saturn's showroom floor in a span of just 18 months. The Vue's bold styling and rich interior might represent key victories in the battle for the hearts and minds of the buyers that have made the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 best sellers in one of the hottest segments in the market. Before the end of 2007, the Vue lineup will include a sporty Red Line model and a hybrid-powered Green Line model.

You'll Like This Car If...

In a good way, the 2008 Saturn Vue feels like a larger SUV than it is. Its eager powertrain and plush cabin combine in an SUV that feels more substantial than others in the category.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Compared to category stalwarts like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, the Vue's fuel economy figures leave something to be desired. Also, it doesn't offer some of the technology that's becoming more widely available in the category, like Bluetooth hands-free cell phone connectivity and remote-sensing unlock and start.

What's Significant About This Car?

The all-new Saturn Vue features sportier sheetmetal, a higher-quality interior, improved powertrain and refined driving dynamics.

Driving the VUE

Driving Impressions To this point, all of our drives in the second-generation Vue have been in models equipped with the 3.6-liter V6. So equipped, the Vue is plenty powerful, if not as...

downright fast as the Toyota RAV4. We suspect the 3.5-liter V6 will provide adequate power, while the four-cylinder's appeal most certainly lies in its fuel economy advantage. The 2008 Saturn Vue is as eager and agile as most of its competitors and as comfortable on the highway. Steering, throttle and brake response were all in line with our expectations for the category. The return action of the optional tap-up/tap-down shift lever was frustratingly slow, but that's of little or no concern for most considering a Vue.
Favorite Features

Smooth Powertrain
A 3.6-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission combine to deliver effortless power and smooth shifts.

Interior Quality
The 2008 Saturn Vue boasts the most premium-like interior in the segment.

2008 Saturn VUE Details
2008 Saturn VUE photo Interior

Especially when outfitted with leather, the 2008 Saturn Vue offers the richest passenger cabin in the category. A generous helping of high-quality materials and contemporary styling combine in a comfortable and attractive interior. We would have liked more lateral support while cornering, but the seats are otherwise comfortable and a definite improvement compared with the previous model's. Backseat passengers are treated to good legroom and, for carrying cargo instead of people, the rear seat will fold flat on a 60/40 split. One tiny complaint: the transmission selector didn't operate as smoothly as we'd have expected.

Exterior
2008 Saturn VUE photo

With its big and bold front end, trendy side vents and sloping roofline, the 2008 Saturn Vue is among the sportiest-looking SUVs in the segment. Moving up the ladder from XE to XR to Red Line, exterior differentiators include body-color fascias, fog lights, a roof spoiler, larger wheels and dual exhaust outlets.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In base trim, the 2008 Saturn Vue features air conditioning, a CD/MP3 sound system with auxiliary input jack, XM Satellite Radio, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, power windows/locks/mirrors, remote keyless entry and auto on/off headlights. Every Vue also has stability control and six air bags.

Optional Equipment

In addition to upgraded powertrains, the 2008 Saturn Vue offers at extra cost a DVD-based navigation system, automatic climate control, leather seating, heated front seats, six-disc CD changer, premium audio system and remote vehicle start.

Under the Hood

Every 2008 Saturn Vue XR and Red Line features a 257-horsepower V6 matched to a refined six-speed automatic transmission, with optional manu-matic shifting. All-wheel-drive XE models get a less powerful, less sophisticated V6, while front-wheel-drive XE models get a four-cylinder/four-speed automatic transmission combo. GM has promised to introduce towards the end of 2007 an updated Vue Green Line with a new "two-mode" hybrid powertrain that promises even greater fuel savings.

2.4-liter in-line 4
169 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
161 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5100 rpm
EPA estimated fuel economy: 19/26 (FWD)

3.5-liter V6
222 horsepower @ 5900 rpm
219 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3200 rpm
EPA estimated fuel economy: 15/22 (AWD)

3.6-liter V6
257 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
248 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA estimated fuel economy: 16/23 (FWD), 16/24 (Red Line FWD), 16/22 (AWD)

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2008 Saturn VUE Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 202 Ratings for the 2008 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

very handy dependable

By on Thursday, March 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great all season vehiicle handy"

Cons: "passenger side sun visor loose"

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

"well maintained ex lease second owner oil changed every 3k non smokers all accessories work heated seats maybe three or for minor interior blemishs no stains or tears no engine leaks less than 8k on new tires and brakes second batterie new alternator"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

What a nice car.

By on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I've had this car for 3.5 Years and it has never let me down. It's comfortable and rides nice. Plenty of power when you need it and is so-o on gas. It can carry a lot with the back seats folded down. It's fun to drive and sits high enough to see over traffic. Smooth and efficient. What more can I say? It's just an all around nice car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

4th Saturn

By on Monday, January 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Looks, interior, performance, comfort, equipment,"

Cons: "Better cornering at higher speeds."

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

"We bought this 2008 VUE to replace a 2007 Vue which was totaled. My wife liked the 2008 as soon as she saw it in the showroom.We bought ours as a certified pre owned on 9/2011 with 5427 miles on it. The car still smelled new although it was 3 years old. It now has just over 34500. My wife is the primary driver using it to go to and from work, and we use it primarily on weekends unless we take out my 2004 L-Series. With all of our Saturns I have always felt that for the money, they are hard to beat. The amount of stock equipment you get for the money made them a great value. We were really heartbroken when the company folded, as we expected to continue to be Saturn owners for a long time."

I have no complaints about this car

By on Sunday, January 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "smooth ride, quiet yet lots of get up and go!!"

Cons: "lumbar support is wearing out"

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

"This car has been a very good car for me. It drives like a car and yet even though it is FWD, it handles snow and icy conditions very well. I love the heated seats etc., The only reason for me to sell it, is that the lumbar support is wearing out and I have back issues. It is just the perfect size for me and has a quiet ride. The reason I haven't bought a new car, is I can't find one I like better. Wish Saturn wouldn't have stopped making cars."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Good reliable car.based on opel chassis.

By on Saturday, December 28, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fwd is sufficient in snow"

Cons: "None"

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

"Purchased new. Was second vue. Better than first generation vue. Have not had any problems with vehicle at all after 66000 miles. Still looks relevant after 5 years."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Original Owner Loves it

By on Saturday, November 23, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "All of the above"

Cons: "None yet"

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

"Purchased this car new. Now have 43,000miles on it. Have not had one thing go wrong with it. Easy to park. Like the looks. Bought it in the "Orange" color and can always find it in the parking lots (do you know how many black & silver cars are out there?). The paint job is excellent and the orange color is a metallic that is truly nice looking."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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