finally got its SUV this past year in form of the boxy new VUE. Now, there is
a lot that makes Saturn a cool company to buy a car from, in terms of its no-haggle
pricing structure, friendly dealer service and decent products. We love that a
major car company has done so much to make the experience of buying a car so amenable
like the company, the VUE is also amenable and unintimidating. It features a low
step-in height, like the Subaru Forester and the Mitusbishi Outlander, and the
ergonomics are nice and straightforward (save the center console-mounted window
switches). The Vue also adds a bit of design flair to the interior in the vein
of Saturn's crisp design language, although nearly everything is rendered in materials
that are somewhat on the cheap side. The standard equipment level is low-to-moderate,
with the base model coming with a/c, tilt steering and privacy glass, but no cassette
or CD player. The base VUE is powered by a 143-hp four-cylinder engine mated to
either a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (that operates
like an automatic, but yields better gas mileage than a conventional automatic).
Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional with the CVT.
V-6 VUE produces 181 horsepower and comes only with a five-speed automatic transmission.
The V-6 also brings other fixins like cruise control, power accessories, fog lights,
a CD player, and standard all-wheel drive. Noteworthy is that OnStar is available
on the Vue.