Hybrid's Point of Vue

Ira Siegel, Southtown Star newspaper's auto writer recently drove a '08 Vue Green Line hybrid. He appreciated the Vue's higher fuel economy and low price. "The Vue Green Line provides a nice alternative for those looking to spend less at the pump," he concluded.

The 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid is a smart choice for SUV buyers seeking an eco-friendly compact crossover. With a base price of just $24,170, the Vue Green Line is one hybrid that doesn't have a hefty premium added to its pricetag. And as expected, being a hybrid means that the Vue Green Line delivers better fuel economy than its non-hybrid counterpart. The Vue Green Line is rated at 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. That’s 6 mpg better than the four-cylinder powered non-hybrid Vue XE. With an overall average of 6 mpg better than the non-hybrid Vue XE, the Green Line will travel more than 100 miles further on a single tank of gas. The four-cylinder powered Saturn Vue XE and Green Line both share the same 170-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. This engine is technologically advanced and features variable valve timing. In the Green Line, the gas engine works a bit less hard thanks to a 36-volt nickel metal hydride battery and electric motor/generator assembly. The hybrid system in the Vue Green Line is known as a "mild" system because it doesn't pack as much electrical energy as some of its hybrid competitors do. Also, the hybrid system in the Vue Green Line does not provide for electric-only operation at low speeds. Instead, the Vue Green Line's hybrid system allows for engine shut down at stops and a small amount of boost during acceleration. Overall, the ride is comfortable and feels more like a European sedan than a crossover SUV. The cabin provides accommodations for five.