Saturn Vue Hybrid Has a Lot to Offer

2008 Saturn Vue Green Line

Mark Maynard evaluated the 2008 Saturn Vue Hybrid and liked its good quality and all the features you get for the price. "Standard features include 17-inch chrome-alloy wheels, low-rolling-resistance tires, body-color front and rear fascias, rear spoiler, single-zone automatic air conditioning and steering-wheel-mounted buttons for audio and cruise control," he wrote.

The Saturn Vue Hybrid is a good choice for a family vehicle that balances fuel economy and utility. This five-passenger, "one mode" hybrid shuts off the four-cylinder gasoline engine at traffic stops, gives a boost of power on acceleration through electric motors and uses regenerative braking to channel kinetic energy back to the hybrid battery. But it can't be driven under battery power alone. This generation of the Vue is a vast improvement over earlier ones. The cabin is comfortable, with durable fabric, simple layout of controls and good-quality assembly. I like the one-mode Vue for its simplicity. It should be low maintenance for long-haul ownership. The hybrid components and 36-volt battery pack have warranties for eight years or 100,000 miles. And, as always, the Vue has Saturn's 30-day or 1,500-mile vehicle exchange policy. There's something reassuring about checking the onboard computer and seeing 460 miles until empty, or more with a full 19-gallon tank.

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