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Old 05-06-2008, 07:55 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 05-08-2008, 12:11 PM   #2
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It finished 4th out of 5. I guess there's always a bright side.

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Old 05-08-2008, 02:07 PM   #3
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Yes, and you'll never guess what their biggest beef with it was...

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Old 05-08-2008, 04:10 PM   #4
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the Green Line's combined mileage is 4.7 mpg higher than the average of the rest" of the vehicles tested.
These were the EPA combined figures. If I'm reading the table in the article right, the Green Line actually finished (tied for) dead last in Motor Trend's observed mpg, 4.4 mpg behind the RAV4.

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These were the EPA combined figures. If I'm reading the table in the article right, the Green Line actually finished (tied for) dead last in Motor Trend's observed mpg, 4.4 mpg behind the RAV4.
There isn't a hybrid in existence that is immune to track flogging. I'm not making excuses for its mpg, but the traditional way car rags treat test vehicles is not at all conducive to hybrids.

After all, the EPA figures are based on independent tests and aren't "Saturn's" numbers or something inflated for the purposes of advertisement.

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There isn't a hybrid in existence that is immune to track flogging. I'm not making excuses for its mpg, but the traditional way car rags treat test vehicles is not at all conducive to hybrids.
Thanks for the info. It would be nice to know if the EPA finally has gotten the evaluation of hybrids correct and the 3800-pound Vue GL really does get better mileage than the 2800-pound Astra, like they claim.

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Motor Trend, hmmm ... they are to auto testing as is Good Housekeeping to architectural design ...

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