Purchased in the Cash For Clunkers program last summer. Looking for a reasonable choice in SUV's. Looking for decent mileage combined with utility. Vue is very good looking, receive frequent compliments. Mileage has never lived up to expectations. Blame pitiful 4 speed automatic. Can't keep up with interstate traffic or cruise any hills at speed. Constantly pushing it to downshift to stay with traffic. Should have waited for the 4cyl Equinox. Lost cell phone to a drink buried in the deep well cup holder. Sliding arm rest won't stay in forward. Front door won't stay open on incline. Considering getting out of ASAP, even if it means taking a loss. (Hybrid battery pack failed at 17,000 mi)
With Saturn out of the business, no need to offer suggestion, but would like to have seen a modern (six speed at least) transmission. Console/arm rest on same level as seats. Power tailgate, roof rails.
Love the vehicle. First Hybrid. Work for Car Rental company. Tried Escape Hybrid, Altima Hybrid, Prius. Previous 03 VUE trade in. V-6, AWD. The suspension on these VUE`s is excellent, and it survives mileage. Alignment is important. Love the independent suspension design. Now, that Saturn is gone, will go to Chevy Equinox, or GMC Midsize SUV. Waiting on Hybrid and hope, AWD. Interior is eye catching, durable.
Hybrid, A/C, Satellite Radio, Electric Driver`s seat. Quietness inside at highway speed, visibility. I am tall. Quicksilver paint and upholstery. Excellent. Dashboard lighting is great, computer system is GM excellent. Same as Malibu, Aura, Silverado, Tahoe. Easy to follow.
Bring back Saturn dealers, AWD Saturn VUE Hybrids. Or make Chevy Equinox the same size and style, not the present bigger style (2010).
I had a Honda Hybrid so I went with the supposed reliability of a Saturn Hybrid. The Service Hybrid light came on unexpectedly several months after buying it and hybrid system was not working.Took it to dealer and the Hybrid battery had a leak. Battery was replaced. Now 5 months later hybrid light back on and Red battery light came on, showing hybrid system not working and battery not charging at all. Other than long commutes on hwy, city driving mpg was poor at about 20- 21 mpg. Should be better. I now question the cars reliability?
Overall vehicle design is great. I have the sun roof and heated leather seats which are great on my bad back. Other features inside are good as well.
Dome light button needs to be lighted. I can't find it in the dark. need to consider a spare tire. Worried if I get a flat far from home.
As this was my first Saturn and my first hybrid purchase, I did considerable research before finally buying. I knew to expect a pretty decent crossover, but this little Vue Hybrid has exceeded every expectation! Being German-born and raised, I appreciate the smart, no- nonsense, 'European' interior styling - no useless fluff or silly eye candy here. The exterior is truly gorgeous; it grabs your attention unlike earlier Vues or most competitive offerings. Mileage so far has been outstanding: 1900+ miles driven on 3 1/2 18-gallon tanks of gas! Stop-and-go city driving is returning 25-28 MPG and highway 38- 40. In fact, with cruise engaged at 65 MPH, I easily top 42 MPG on level roads. Bravo GM!
Styling: interior & exterior are simply beautiful. Rock-solid build quality (sounds Mercedes-like when doors are shut!). Power sunroof is terrific, as are the XM radio, Bluetooth, and leather seating. Superb gas mileage. Fun manual shifter. Plenty of space in console, glove box, & behind rear seats.
2-Mode Hybrid would have been a welcome option for slightly improved city mileage. 6-speed tranny (available with the non-hybrid 6-cyl engine) plus a few extra ponies would have been great for a bit better acceleration. 1-year free subscription to XM rather than 3 months also would have been nice.