Efficiency First, Power Later in the 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid

2008 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid

Brian Harper from Canada's National Post reviewed the 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line appreciated the hybrid's fuel economy, but wished the sport-utility had a little more power. The 2.4-liter VVT 172 hp Ecotec four-cylinder "is not exactly bulging with muscle," he wrote, "but it's smooth and it will get the Vue to speed."

Normally, I'm not a fan of front-wheel-drive sport-utility vehicles. Without the benefit of four-wheel-drive traction, front-drive SUVs are little more than taller, squarer wagons. I was willing to make an exception for the Saturn Vue Green Line for several reasons, the most notable being that it seldom snows in Canada during the summer. Then there's the fact that I put to good use the compact ute's generous cargo room, ferrying detritus from my garage to the regional dump and picking up several large boxes containing the results of my wife's most recent spending spree. Most importantly, however, was that with the ever-escalating price of gasoline, I was able to mitigate some of the pain through the Green Line's "mild" hybrid powertrain.

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2005 Model Changeover Schedule

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An alert SaturnFans visitor sent me a link to a page on the General Motors Fleet website that outlines Saturn's preliminary production schedule planned for the changeover to 2005 models. Expect the new models to arrive at retailer facilities a couple weeks after production begins.