Used 2009 Saturn VUE


Used 2009 Saturn VUE

Edmunds' Expert Review

  • Powerful V6 in XR and Red Line trims, handsome styling inside and out, ideal handling and ride balance, top safety scores.
  • Less cargo capacity than in most rivals, higher price than that of many rivals, front seats not ideal for some larger folks.

    With its handsome styling, agile driving dynamics, wide choice of powertrains and attractive cabin, the 2009 Saturn Vue stands as a strong competitor in the compact-crossover segment.

    Vehicle overview

    After being a bench warmer for years in the compact-crossover SUV game due to lackluster build quality and performance, the Saturn Vue made it to the starting lineup last year after getting in shape via a thorough redesign. And for 2009, the Saturn Vue remains a well-rounded player, thanks to its smart Euro-based design (it's a twin to the European Opel Antara) that combines good looks, a welcoming cabin and solid driving dynamics.

    Other factors that contribute to the Vue's appeal include high-end safety and convenience features such as the standard stability control and the availability of a navigation system and satellite radio. Saturn's small crossover also offers a wide choice of power, ranging from a 164-horsepower four-cylinder to a 257-hp V6.

    Overall, the 2009 Saturn Vue can stand tire-to-tire against this segment's stalwart entries such as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, as well as other popular small crossovers like the Ford Escape and Hyundai Tucson. It does have some downsides, however, such as a lack of cargo space, lackluster fuel economy and pricing that's typically a couple thousand dollars more than the competition. But if you can live with these drawbacks, the Vue should make for a very pleasant and practical daily driver.

    Saturn VUE models

    The 2009 Saturn Vue is a five-passenger compact SUV that comes in three trim levels: base XE, midgrade XR and sporting Red Line. The XE comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, keyless entry, full power accessories, OnStar telematics, steering-wheel audio controls, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat and a CD/MP3 stereo with satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack.

    Opting for the XR adds 17-inch alloy wheels, luggage rack rails, automatic climate control, a power driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth and heated side mirrors. The Red Line features a lowered, sport-tuned suspension, a rear spoiler, chrome exhaust outlets, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front sport seats, leather and suede upholstery and unique instrumentation. Most of the XR's additional features are available as options on the XE, and one can also get optional leather seating and heated seats on those models. Other available features include a premium audio system and CD changer, a navigation system, rain-sensing wipers and a remote engine starter.

    2009 Highlights

    For the 2009 Saturn Vue, a four-cylinder version of the XR trim level debuts, as does Bluetooth connectivity.

    Performance & mpg

    The Vue XE and XR (front-wheel-drive versions only) are powered by a 2.4-liter inline-4 (164 hp and 160 pound-feet of torque) mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. The XE V6 (all-wheel drive only) has a 3.5-liter V6 good for 215 hp and 220 lb-ft of torque. It's connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. Both the XR and Red Line trims feature a more powerful 3.6-liter V6 (257 hp and 248 lb-ft) matched to a six-speed automatic. A manual shift control feature is standard on the Red Line and optional on the XR.

    With the 3.6-liter V6, this Saturn scoots. In 0-60-mph testing, we clocked a front-wheel-drive Vue XR at 7.3 seconds; it's a tad slower than the segment's jackrabbit, the RAV4, but it's still very quick. Fuel economy, however, is a bit below average; front-drive Vues with the four-cylinder get an EPA estimate of 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. The AWD 3.5-liter V6 has a 15/22/17 mpg rating, while the AWD 3.6-liter V6 is actually a bit better at 16/22/18 mpg.


    A wealth of safety features is standard on all 2009 Saturn Vue models, including antilock brakes, stability control, traction control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active head restraints.

    In government crash testing, the Vue scored five stars (out of five) for both frontal and side impact tests. The Vue also aced Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, scoring the top rating of "Good" in that agency's frontal offset and side impact tests.


    The 2009 Saturn Vue's 3.6-liter V6 is powerful and robust, though sometimes its normally smart and quick-shifting six-speed automatic hunts on inclines, seemingly not sure whether to hold a gear or step down to maintain speed. The steering is precise and properly weighted, allowing easy maneuverability in parking lots while providing a solid, confident feel at speed on winding roads and interstate freeways. Most Vues are tuned for a soft ride -- the sportier Red Line trim is the obvious choice for driving enthusiasts.


    The Vue's interior boasts an attractive design with quality materials typically found in fine European cars. The controls are simple and well marked. An array of chrome-accented round shapes, from the gauges to the air vents to the climate controls, lends a sense of classic style to the cabin. Brushed-aluminum accents on the steering wheel, door panels, parking brake and shift knob further the upscale treatment.

    A pair of adjustable cargo nets keeps items from sliding around in back. At 56 cubic feet, the Vue's maximum cargo capacity is small compared to some rivals that offer nearly 20 more cubes. Front-seat comfort is adequate, though some folks may find the seat cushions a bit short and the seats somewhat lacking in lateral and lumbar support. The second-row seats recline and offer decent legroom. A third-row seat, an increasingly popular (but of debatable value) feature for small-to-midsize crossover SUVs, isn't offered.

    Consumer reviews

    Read what other owners think about the 2009 Saturn VUE.

    5 star reviews: 64%
    4 star reviews: 20%
    3 star reviews: 8%
    2 star reviews: 5%
    1 star reviews: 3%
    Average user rating: 4.4 stars based on 39 total reviews

    Trending topics in reviews

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    • technology
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    • maintenance & parts
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    • towing
    • road noise
    • acceleration

    Most helpful consumer reviews

    5 out of 5 stars, Love my Vue 170,000 still reliable and dependable
    XE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

    The 2009 Vue I own is the best. I recently considered trading it in and realized the service the vehicle has given me. For 5 years my used Saturn has been in the shop only once. I generally get about 300+ miles in the city on one tank of gas. The highway is right at 400. Great vehicle. 170,000 miles and go where I desire to go!

    5 out of 5 stars, Best Value for the Money

    I don't understand expert reviews that say the 2.4 Ecotect motor in the Vue is underpowered. Ward's Auto World rates GM's 2.4-liter Ecotec as one of the best engines built in America. While not a dragster or a muscle car it has plenty of power to get on the freeway. It defiantly is not sluggish espesially from a stand still. Its gas mileage is better than expected at 26 miles per gallon city/freeway. We are past owners of Cadillac’s. Mama has not had to give up any luxuries. In fact some of it's standard features are options on other sub-compact crossovers you have to pay extra for. We really do not feel we could have found a better value for the money. So far we couldn't be happier.

    5 out of 5 stars, Best Value for the Money
    Grandpa Phillips,

    Plenty of power. Runs like a scalded dog. Have absoulutly no problem getting on the freeway or passing. 1st tank of gas used in city and freeway 23.5 MPG. 2nd tank 24 MPG. Can't wait to see what it will get on a trip. Wife loves the blue tooth, XM radio, premium trim, leather heated power seats. Pleanty of room front and back. Lots of head room too. Looks better than than most other compact SUV's inside and out. Was thinking about buying a Cadillac SRX but MPG wasn't that great. Drove a Toyota CRV but the seats were too hard. Some expert reviews just don't do it justice. Personally I think it beats all other compact SUV's hands down. In fact I may just have buy another one.

    4.75 out of 5 stars, I Love my Vue!

    I have been looking at the Vue for quite a while now. When I was researching SUV's I always went back to the Vue. I am not sorry. I love it. The gas mileage, for an SUV, is quite good. I am just sorry that GM has chosen to rid itself of Saturn. Shame on them and shame on Penske for not taking it over. It's your loss.

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    Used Years for Saturn VUE

    Features & Specs

    XR 4dr SUV features & specs
    XR 4dr SUV
    3.6L 6cyl 6A
    MPG 17 city / 24 hwy
    Seats 5
    6-speed automatic
    257 hp @ 6500 rpm

    XE 4dr SUV features & specs
    XE 4dr SUV
    2.4L 4cyl 4A
    MPG 19 city / 26 hwy
    Seats 5
    4-speed automatic
    169 hp @ 6200 rpm

    XR 4dr SUV features & specs
    XR 4dr SUV
    2.4L 4cyl 4A
    MPG 19 city / 26 hwy
    Seats 5
    4-speed automatic
    169 hp @ 6200 rpm

    Red Line 4dr SUV features & specs
    Red Line 4dr SUV
    3.6L 6cyl 6A
    MPG 17 city / 24 hwy
    Seats 5
    6-speed shiftable automatic
    257 hp @ 6500 rpm

    See all Used 2009 Saturn VUE features & specs


    NHTSA Overall Rating

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    OverallNot Rated
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Roof Strength TestNot Tested
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test


    Is the Saturn VUE a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2009 VUE both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Saturn VUE fuel economy, so it's important to know that the VUE gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg to 22 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the VUE has 29.2 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Saturn VUE. Learn more

    Is the Saturn VUE reliable?

    To determine whether the Saturn VUE is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the VUE. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the VUE's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2009 Saturn VUE a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2009 Saturn VUE is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2009 VUE is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2009 Saturn VUE?

    The least-expensive 2009 Saturn VUE is the 2009 Saturn VUE XE 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $23,280.

    Other versions include:

    • XR 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $26,435
    • XE 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A) which starts at $23,280
    • XR 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A) which starts at $25,395
    • Red Line 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $28,935
    • XR 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $28,435
    • XE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $25,955
    • Red Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $30,935
    Learn more

    What are the different models of Saturn VUE?

    If you're interested in the Saturn VUE, the next question is, which VUE model is right for you? VUE variants include XR 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A), XE 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A), XR 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A), and Red Line 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A). For a full list of VUE models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2009 Saturn VUE

    Used 2009 Saturn VUE Overview

    The Used 2009 Saturn VUE is offered in the following submodels: VUE SUV. Available styles include XR 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A), XE 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A), XR 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A), Red Line 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A), XR 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A), XE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), and Red Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A).

    What do people think of the 2009 Saturn VUE?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2009 Saturn VUE and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2009 VUE 4.4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2009 VUE.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2009 Saturn VUE and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2009 VUE featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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