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2009 Saturn VUE

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2009 Saturn VUE Review

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Launched in model year 1991, the Saturn brand was conceived by GM to lure away lucrative import shoppers. Nineteen years later, there finally is an entire lineup capable of doing just that. The 2009 Saturn Vue, and its high-mileage offspring the Vue Hybrid, is the fourth of five recently added vehicles that have totally reformed Saturn's showroom floor in a relatively short time span. 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.

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In a good way, the 2009 Saturn Vue feels like a larger SUV than it is. It's eager powertrain and plush cabin combine in an SUV that feels more substantial than others in the category.

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Compared to category stalwarts like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, the non-hybrid 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 remote-sensing unlock and start.

What's New for 2009

A V6 hybrid model using GM's 2-Mode Hybrid drive will arrive in 2009, becoming the second hybrid model in the Vue lineup. Saturn has dropped the Green Line name and now simply calls its hybrid the Vue Hybrid. New features on all Vue trims include standard Panic Brake Assist, available Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and OnStar 7.2 with Directions and Connections download direct to navigation screen.

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 2009 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.

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

Interior Quality
The 2009 Saturn Vue boasts the most premium-like interior in the segment.

2009 Saturn VUE Details
2009 Saturn VUE photo Interior

Especially when outfitted with leather, the 2009 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

With its big and bold front end, trendy side vents and sloping roofline, the 2009 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 2009 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, 16-inch wheels and auto on/off headlights. Every Vue also has stability control and six airbags.

Optional Equipment

In addition to upgraded powertrains, the 2009 Saturn Vue offers at extra cost a DVD-based navigation system, automatic climate control, rear DVD entertainment system (dealer installed option), leather seating, heated front seats, six-disc CD changer, all-wheel drive, premium audio system and remote vehicle start. OnStar's Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity is optional on XE and standard on XR and Red Line trims.

Under the Hood

Every 2009 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 3.5-liter V6, while front-wheel-drive XE models get a four-cylinder/four-speed automatic transmission combo. GM has promised to introduce in 2009 an updated Vue Hybrid featuring its 2-Mode hybrid drive teamed to the 3.6-liter V6 engine.

2.4-liter in-line 4
169 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
172 horsepower @ 6500 rpm (Hybrid)
161 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5100 rpm
167 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm (Hybrid)
EPA estimated fuel economy: 19/26 (FWD), 25/32 (Hybrid)

3.5-liter V6
222 horsepower @ 5900 rpm
219 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3200 rpm
EPA estimated fuel economy: 16/23 (AWD)

3.6-liter V6
257 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
248 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2100 rpm
EPA estimated fuel economy: 17/24 (FWD), 17/24 (Red Line, FWD), 16/23 (AWD)

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2009 Saturn VUE Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 206 Ratings for the 2008 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

What a Buggy!

By on Saturday, September 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"It's disappointing that GM decided to not make this vehicle anymore. I have driven from Canada to Texas and all states in between and this car has been excellent. It has more than exceeded expectations in fuel economy, comfort and reliability. My only issue is that sometimes the 4 banger is a bit slight on power especially up long grades with a full load and at high elevations. I have been surprised as to how much I can pack into it with the seats lowered."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

As good as it gets! Love this car.

By on Sunday, May 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Solid and dependable"

Cons: "Passenger seat is a little low"

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

"I inherited my husband's 2008 Vue when we bought a pickup, and I have to say it's the best vehicle I've ever driven. Good gas mileage for its class, comfortable, and lots of room for hauling. The V6 has a lot of oomph, and it's very responsive. Dash is laid out well, and the controls are very accessible and easy to learn and use. Visibility is excellent. No mechanical problems at all. Perform the regular/scheduled maintenance and it should last a lifetime."

16 people out of 22 found this review helpful

WONDERFUL CAR

By on Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "FUN TO DRIVE"

Cons: "HYBRID BATTERY COST"

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

"THIS CAR IS GREAT. THE ONLY THING I DO NOT LIKE IS IT WILL COST ABOUT $3,000 TO CHANGE THE HYBRID BATTERY; BUT, IT DOES HAVE A 100,000 WARRANTY ON THE CURRENT ONE SO I HAVE A WHILE TO GO."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

will never get rid ,of love this car

By on Sunday, April 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "everything i want in my car"

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

"I would have liked a 2010 instead (exact same car) but I love this Saturn. I find no fault in it at all."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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"

3 people out of 9 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."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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