Compare 2008 Ford Escape vs 2009 Saturn VUE

2008 Ford Escape
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FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS 22 28 $18,104 $19,140
FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 20 26 $19,024 $20,140
FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 20 26 $20,229 $21,685
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 19 24 $20,624 $21,880
FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 18 24 $21,148 $22,695
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 19 24 $21,839 $23,455
FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 18 24 $22,712 $24,415
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 17 22 $22,758 $24,465
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 17 22 $24,324 $26,185
FWD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 34 30 $25,470 $27,445
4WD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 29 27 $27,080 $29,215
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FWD 4-Door I4 XE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door I4 XE 19 26 $22,116 $23,280
FWD 4-Door I4 XR 19 26 $23,744 $25,395
AWD 4-Door V6 XE 16 23 $24,657 $25,955
FWD 4-Door V6 XR 17 24 $24,716 $26,435
AWD 4-Door V6 XR 16 23 $26,586 $28,435
FWD 4-Door V6 Red Line 17 24 $27,054 $28,935
AWD 4-Door V6 Red Line 16 23 $28,924 $30,935
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,104
$22,116
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,140
$23,280
Monthly Payment Estimate
$319 / month
$388 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Ford Escape looks better inside and out, but the curtain airbags, higher-output V-6 and Sync audio system in the upcoming 2009 model year version are worth the wait. With its available V-6 engine, the 2009 Saturn Vue is a bit more fun to drive than other compact SUVs; otherwise it’s not a standout.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 40.7
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 52.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.4 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 36.9
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 40.2
Second Hip Room (in)
49.1 52.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.6 56.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 39.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 55.9
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
29.4 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 61.8
Wheelbase (in)
103.1 106.6
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
33.3 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.1 72.8
Track Width, Front (in)
61.1 61.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.5 7.8
Length, Overall (in)
174.7 180.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
43.2 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
67.7 67.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
34.7 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
29.2 29.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
37.3 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
66.7 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
66.3 56.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
40.7 - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 11.9 x .78
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
10.0 x 1.65 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x 0.5 11.7 x 1.14
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.5 19
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.46
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
40.1 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.7 18.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.7 40.0
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P235/70R16 P235/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code
T53 QKG
Front Tire Size
P235/70R16 P235/65R16
Spare Tire Size
T145/90R17 T155/90D16
Front Tire Order Code
T53 QKG
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3272 3664
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 4 16 x 4.0
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
5.3 9.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.3L/140 2.4L/145
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
153 @ 5800 169 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI MFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
152 @ 4250 161 @ 5100
Engine Order Code
99Z LE5
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 22
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
8.86 NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.45 2.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 1.63
Trans Order Code
NA MX0-4
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.93 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 0.68
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.67 2.96
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Escape Saturn VUE
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door SUV
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link 3-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6

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