Cars.com Tests the 2008 Saturn VUE Green Line

Kelsey Mays recently drove the 2008 Saturn Vue hybrid and talked about how the Vue fits into GM's hybrid vehicle strategy. "The Vue is a test case for GM's two-tiered hybrid strategy — offering both mild and full hybrids, in this case within the same model line," wrote Mays. "The end result is more choices at different prices for the consumer, something I applaud considering that the mileage gains here are substantial."

The Saturn Vue Green Line offers those in the market for a hybrid SUV an interesting choice. The price premium you'll pay for it versus a regular Vue is steeper than GM's other "mild" hybrids, the Chevy Malibu Hybrid and Saturn Aura Green Line, but its mileage gains are more impressive. All told, the Green Line yields 27% better gas mileage in overall driving versus the four-cylinder Vue — a testament both to the efficiency of the hybrid and, relative to competing SUVs, the thirstiness of the regular Vue. The Vue Green Line's fuel economy makes it a credible alternative to pricier "full" hybrids, which is something neither the Malibu nor the Aura hybrids can manage. If you're looking to truly go green for less green, this might be your ticket.

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