Vue GL Bests RAV4 in Motor Trend Comparison Test

The Vue Green Line found itself in fourth place in Motor Trend's "Frugal Fives" compact SUV comparison, finishing ahead of Toyota's RAV4. "The Saturn VUE pops the RAV for fourth on two counts," said the magazine. "One, its ride could stir Tempur-Pedic's patent lawyers. Two, in this era of gas-price muggings, the Green Line's combined mileage is 4.7 mpg higher than the average of the rest" of the vehicles tested.

Sometimes it takes just one or two specs to characterize a vehicle, and in the Vue Green Line's case, its width and weight are all the genetic code you need to know about it. The Vue is wide inside, its seats are wide, everything about it is wide. The Vue glides over road seams and potholes with a sort of gravitational imperturbability. In corners, it doesn't fidget around. It can't. This prodigious weight is all the more reason to admire a combined EPA mileage of 27.7 mpg delivered from its belt-motor/generator-type hybrid system. And to smile, too, at tax time when you pencil in its $650 federal tax credit.

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Flashback Friday: Restyled 2001 3-Door Coupe

Flashback Friday: Restyled 2001 3-Door Coupe

Saturn restyled its popular SC1 and SC2 3-door coupes for the 2001 model year and created this nifty brochure to tout the coupe's changes. "Three doors have never been so (dare we say it?) sexy," Saturn teased on the pages inside. "The third door on our three-door coupe means you don't have to be a contortionist to load and unload the back seat like you do with traditional two-doors."