Road Tests

Video: 2008 Saturn Astra 3-Door XR Review

Fox News recently reviewed the Saturn Astra XR and said: "In true Euro-compact fashion, the ride is stable and sure, with a high comfort level over bumps, but excellent composure through turns.

Saturn Astra XR is Simply Fun to Drive

You can tell that Ralph Gray had a great time test driving the 2008 Saturn XR 3-door. "The seat and steering wheel configuration dictates that the driver extend his arms straight out to handle the wheel," he wrote. "That's the way it's done on the Autobahn."

Call it Euro Brash: 2008 Saturn Astra

Dan Neil of the LA Times is a self-described European car fan who liked driving Saturn's Astra hatchback. "It's well equipped, a great value, surprisingly comfortable – even in the back, under that umbrella of a roof – and on a tight twisty, it's just phenomenal," he said in his review.

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.

AutoblogGreen Drives the 2008 Saturn Vue Hybrid

2008 Saturn Vue Green Line

Autoblog just finished testing the 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line hybrid. Overall, they liked it – inside and out – praising its styling, efficiency for the price, and interior. "The styling of the dash is far more car-like and attractive than the [Ford] Escape and appears to be of higher quality materials," wrote the site.

Consumer Reports Gives Astra 'Very Good' Rating

CR road tested the Volkswagen Rabbit S, Subaru Impreza Outback Sport, Toyota Matrix S, Saturn Astra XE, Mini Cooper Clubman, and Scion xD in the June 2008 issue of its magazine. According to their testers, the vehicles were ranked in the order above with the 5-door Astra coming in fourth place. Nonetheless, the compact Saturn hatchback was rated "very good" for how well it performed.

'08 Astra Opens a New Universe to Saturn

2008 Saturn Astra XR 5-Door

Jim Mateja from the Chicago Tribune reviews the 2008 Saturn Astra and talks about how a recent TV commercial for the brand effectively showed how the Astra signifies the culmination of Saturn's revitalization efforts. "A young man walks into a dealership, sees very attractive hardware, and with a quizzical look peeks back out the door to make sure the sign says Saturn," he wrote.

Astra is One of the Best Small Cars GM has Offered in the United States

The Shenandoah Valley News liked the Saturn Astra so much they said it was one of GM's best small cars - ever. "The handling is precise with excellent steering feedback," wrote the paper, "and all the tires stay well planted even when pushed hard."

Outlook Offers Family Space and a Modern Design

Saturn Outlook Photos

Kelly Foss at Car-Data.com reviewed the 2008 Saturn Outlook and enjoyed the vehicle's styling, space, power, and efficiency. "I could coax about 25 miles per gallon out of the 3.6 liter V6 Outlook on a straight freeway cruise at 60 miles an hour," he wrote in his review, "which is very good for a vehicle of this size."

2008 Vue GL Review: Who Says Mild Hybrids Don't Make Sense?

Motor Trend magazine drives the new 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line hybrid and questions the often ill-conceived notion that the so-called mild hybrid vehicles like the Vue aren't "real" hybrids.

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2009 Saturn Vue

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The Saturn Vue, completely redesigned for 2008, makes history just one model year into its launch when the 2009 Saturn Vue 2 Mode Hybrid goes into production in late 2008. It is expected to be the world's most fuel-efficient V-6 SUV, providing an estimated 50-percent increase in fuel economy compared to the non-hybrid Vue XR.