Part 2 of Jalopnik Saturn Vue Hybrid Review

In part two of Jalopnik's review of the 2008 Saturn Vue Hybrid, the automotive blog reinforced its feelings towards the Vue's styling, build quality, and impressive return on investment. "The Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid takes a good compact SUV, the Vue," writes Jalopnik, "and adds about 40% better fuel economy for a 20% price premium — an excellent trade-off."

It may still be a straightforward compact SUV, but thanks to the Opelization of Saturn, the 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid looks far better than its predecessor — with a more refined, European styling direction than its competitors, particularly the block-like Ford Escape. The rubber fits the wheel wells, all the handles feel solid and even the hybrid badges, which use the same circuit board motif as those found on other, more-garishly festooned GM hybrids, are in-proportion and appropriately used — just three on the entire exterior surface. The Vue's interior comes across as much more upscale than its price would suggest. Soft-touch plastics and brushed aluminum trim abound. Everything has a solid, quality feel to it.

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2008 Saturn Astra XR 5-Door

The Saturn Astra played a starring role on the big screen this weekend in Transformers 2. According to Edmunds.com, "a modified Saturn Astra hatch provides the getaway for Fox and LaBeouf when an alien is on their tail." We've previously seen clips of a silver Astra on the set of the movie at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, and in this movie trailer. Now, there's a fourth clip on YouTube that features the Astra. Have you seen the movie? Post your review, along with how you think the Astra played its part.