Summary, Prices, Specs

By October 18, 2005

Summary

Saturn Vue benefits from numerous improvements inside and out. The interior is clever and versatile and continues to improve with higher quality materials and sound-deadening measures. The V6 and five-speed automatic makes for a refined powertrain and puts Vue among the quickest SUVs in its class. The standard four-cylinder engine lacks sufficient gusto to get the with the program. Curtain airbags are available for head protection. The best thing about the Vue is that it's backed by Saturn's highly regarded sales and service people. You should expect them to be friendly and easy to work with.

New Car Test Drive editor Mitch McCullough filed this report from Detroit; nctd.com correspondents Tom Lankard and Steve Siler contributed to this review.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Saturn Vue FWD 5-speed ($17,390); FWD automatic ($19,345); V6 FWD ($21,990); V6 AWD ($23,050)
Engines:143-hp 2.2-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4; 250-hp 3.5-liter sohc 24-valve V6
Transmissions:5-speed manual; 4-speed automatic; 5-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):dual-stage front airbags, seat-belt pre-tensioners, child seat anchors
Safety equipment (optional):ABS; head-curtain side-impact airbags; all-wheel drive; traction control for FWD models
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Springhill, Tennessee
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Saturn Vue V6 AWD ($23,050)
Standard equipment:air conditioning with dust filter, ABS, reclining front bucket seats with folding armrests, cargo area power outlet, fold-flat front passenger seat, integrated roof rails, two-position reclining rear seats, 70/30 split folding rear seatbacks, liftgate loading lights, rear window wiper/washer, AM/FM/CD stereo, power outside mirrors, power windows, remote keyless entry, alarm system, auto-dimming rearview mirror with outside temperature and compass display, dual map lights, cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSPR):Comfort Package ($595): heated front seats, six-way power driver's seat; side-curtain airbags ($395), MP3 player ($150)
Destination charge:$600
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$24790
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:3.5-liter sohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):250 @ 5800
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):242 @ 4500
Transmission:5-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:19/25 mpg
Wheelbase:106.6 in.
Length/width/height:181.3/71.5/66.5 in.
Track, f/r:61.0/61.0 in.
Turning circle:39.4 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.3/51.8/41.3 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:40.3/54.7/40.1 in.
Cargo volume:30.8 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:3500 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:independent, one trailing arm and three lateral links per side, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance:8.0 in.
Curb weigth:3630 lbs.
Tires:P235/60SR17
Brakes, f/r:disc/drum with ABS
Fuel capacity:16.3 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of October 18, 2005.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-553-6000 - www.saturn.com