The 2008 Saturn Vue Greenline

Tom Strongman from FamilyCar.com drove the 2008 Vue Green Line hybrid and concluded that "while the Vue Green Line isn't as fuel-efficient as other hybrids, its hybrid system is simpler, which means lower cost, and it drives as smoothly as the regular gasoline model."

Except for the fact that the Vue hybrid shuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped and restarts it immediately when the brake is released, it doesn't drive any differently than a regular model. The auto-stop function in the test car was smoother than the one I drove recently in a Chevrolet Malibu hybrid. The Vue is a most pleasant compact crossover utility vehicle. The beauty of Saturn's system is its simplicity, but the downside is that it doesn't improve fuel economy nearly as much as other hybrids. The athletic, coupe-like styling always drew admiring looks from other motorists, and the interior quality is as good or better than anything in its class. The Vue's interior looks more expensive than the price would suggest. The dash and door panels have nice textures, and the brushed silver accents on the steering wheel give a contemporary look.

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