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2008 Saturn Vue Sport Utility Crossover

AWD 4dr V6 XE

Starting at | Starting at 15 MPG City - 22 MPG Highway

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  • $24,370 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Saturn Vue Sport Utility Crossover

The base 2008 Saturn Vue XE with, in front-wheel drive, represents a particularly strong value, with its wide range of standard features and economical engine, while the Vue Green Line will appeal to those who want to make an eco-friendly statement. It carries an EPA fuel economy rating of 25 city, 32 highway--the best of any sport-utility vehicle for 2008--and it's also quite affordably priced, starting at less than $25,000. In general, the Vue has a nice, controlled ride and good carlike handling, matched with an especially roomy interior and good towing ability for its size.

What's new for 2008?

The 2008 Saturn Vue has been completely redesigned inside and out, with a more arced roofline and better-detailed front and rear styling, plus slightly longer and wider overall dimensions. GM also claims that the Vue now offers the widest range of powertrains in its segment.

Model Strengths

  • New look
  • controlled ride
  • fuel economy (XE and Green Line)
  • extensive cargo space
  • standard safety equipment
  • towing stability feature.

Model Review

The new 2008 Saturn Vue is available in a wide range of models, from the economical XE base model and frugal Green Line hybrid to the loaded XR and sporty Red Line models.

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Driven: 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line

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The 2008 Vue Green Line (GL) may be a bit of a lame duck with the new Vue 2-Mode Hybrid coming this fall. The current model features a "mild-hybrid" system, meaning the small SUV never moves on electric power alone. The gasoline engine shuts off at a stop and gets a slight boost from the electric motor on acceleration.

The stop and start of the engine is seamless, and while there is no perceived electric boost, according to the gauges it is there. The word ECO lights up in green when you're driving economically - kind of a pat on the back for doing a good job. Keeping the ECO light on most of the time, I received my digital kudos but the reward did not come in fuel economy numbers. The Vue GL's mpg rating is 25/32 (city/hwy), but in mostly city driving, the very best the trip computer showed was a mediocre 22 mpg.

It's great to be driving a vehicle covered in hybrid badges, but the fuel economy is disappointing when compared to similar non-hybrid vehicles. Unfortunately, the Vue GL doesn't make up for the lower fuel economy with extra power. Output is about the same as a standard 4-cylinder Vue, and from a standstill the GL is rather sluggish to the point that it was difficult to pull onto a busy road.

Powertrain aside, the Vue GL is quite stylish, fitting nicely with the new look of the Saturn brand. Inside, seats are comfortable with a roomy back seat. Seating is available for five, and cargo space is plentiful. Folding the rear seats is a breeze, creating a large flat surface for that trip to a big-box store.

The GL is only available with front-wheel drive, and will set you back $4,000 more than the equivalent non-hybrid Vue. The Vue GL may be the least expensive hybrid SUV on the market, but if fuel economy and performance are more important than hybrid badges, the Vue GL may not be the right choice.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Opt
Intermittent Wipers Opt
Variable Inter. Wipers Opt
Rain Sensing Wipers Opt

Security

Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/100,000 Miles

Saturn Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile1 CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile2 Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile3 Powertrain Limited Warranty for model years up to 2014.

1Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

2Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

3Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2010 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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