2008 Saturn Vue Red Line AWD Test Drive

2008 Vue Red Line Emblem

The Automotive Addicts Blog recently drove an '08 Vue Red Line. They liked the power, available features, and sophistication of Saturn's sport-tuned compact crossover utility. "The all-new Saturn lineup has gone upscale with input from GM's European design and engineering studios," they wrote, "and the evidence is plainly seen in the all-new Saturn Vue Red Line."

The Saturn Vue Red Line doesn't disappoint with a high-performing V6, sport-tuned independent front/rear suspension, and strong brakes. Power to make the Vue Red Line keep ahead of the traffic is generated from GM’s sophisticated high-feature 60-degree DOHC 3.6 liter all-aluminum V6 engine with VVT. This engine produces 257hp at 6,500rpm and 248lb.ft. of torque at just 2,100rpm. This modern V6 powerplant is mated to GM’s new Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmisison with standard tap up/tap down sequential shifter. This smooth shifting six-speed automatic helps maximize performance and economy and is easy and fun to use. Guiding the Vue Red Line is by specially calibrated hydraulic-power assisted rack & pinion steering. On-center feel was excellent and it gave me a good feel for the road at speed. Augmenting the precise steering and keeping you out of trouble is all-speed traction control in conjunction with StabilTrak from Cadillac. Engine torque reduction and brake intervention when the system detects unwanted wheel-spin keeps you on your chosen path. Even though the all-new Saturn Vue Red Line weighs in at over 4,300 lbs, the 257hp V6 VVT engine does the job of easily getting around slower moving traffic in the city and on the freeways. The sport-tuned suspension does a terrific job of keeping the car nicely balanced and level when in straight-line cruising or when attacking curving roads. With a beautifully sculpted body, 257hp V6 mated to a smooth shifting 6-speed automatic turning all four 18 inch wheels under a sport-tuned fully independent suspension, the new Saturn Vue Red Line has got to be one of the best of the new breed of compact crossover utility vehicles.

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