Vue from Saturn Enticing

G. Chambers Williams III from the San Antonio Express-News liked the versatility of the 2008 Saturn Vue XR he recently tested. "There is lots of interior storage," he wrote in his review, "including a large, illuminated glovebox, a slide-out storage bin under the front passenger seat, a rear cargo system with upper and lower side rails, and storage under the rear cargo area."

Here's another good alternative to the large sport utilities that can cost a small fortune to refuel: It's the redesigned Saturn Vue compact crossover for 2008. General Motors introduced gasoline-only versions of the second-generation Vue last summer, and the next-generation Green Line gasoline-electric hybrid model arrived a few months later. The Vue's redesign incorporates some elements of the PreVue concept that Saturn showed off at the 2006 New York auto show. This new design, with a sloped roofline, has a European flavour, but also some styling cues from the Saturn Sky roadster. In all models, the interior has been redesigned and refined, with many new features that GM says are "uncommon in the segment." The vehicle's electronic stability control includes a special trailer anti-sway system, which automatically adds braking and decreases engine power if the trailer begins oscillating. RV aficionados will be glad to know that all models of the Vue can be towed behind a motor home with all four wheels on the ground.

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Michael Block from the Orlando Auto Examiner: GM wants to get rid of Saturn. Saturn has the most unique, fresh, young and hip automobiles in all of GM-land. The Aura was named North American Car of the Year in 2007. The Astra is (finally!) a bonafide European GM model in the US.