Compare 2009 Ford Escape vs 2009 Saturn VUE

2009 Ford Escape
2009 Saturn VUE
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FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS 20 28 $19,245 $20,435
FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 20 28 $20,358 $21,645
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 19 25 $21,969 $23,395
FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 20 28 $21,789 $23,455
FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 18 26 $22,708 $24,465
FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 20 28 $23,123 $24,920
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 19 25 $23,381 $25,205
FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 18 26 $24,033 $25,920
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 17 24 $24,300 $26,215
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 19 25 $24,715 $26,670
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 17 24 $25,625 $27,670
FWD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 34 31 $27,422 $29,645
4WD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 29 27 $29,015 $31,395
FWD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid Limited 34 31 $29,542 $31,975
4WD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid Limited 29 27 $31,135 $33,725
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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
$19,245
$22,116
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,435
$23,280
Monthly Payment Estimate
$341 / month
$388 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
Though it looks decidedly old-school, the Ford Escape is a solid and stylish five-passenger, compact SUV that has been kept up-to-date. 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
20 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
49.1 52.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.6 56.0
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 39.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 55.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 40.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.5 - TBD -
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 52.6
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 36.9
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 40.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 61.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.4 7.8
Length, Overall (in)
174.7 180.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
43.2 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
67.9 67.0
Liftover Height (in)
29.4 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 -
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 -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
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 0.4 11.7 x 1.14
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.5 19
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.5 18.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.7 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.46
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
40.1 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QKG
Front Tire Size
P235/70R16 P235/65R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact T155/90D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA QKG
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P235/70R16 P235/65R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4320 3664
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x 4.0
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum 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
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI MFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
171 @ 4500 161 @ 5100
Engine Order Code
997 LE5
Displacement
2.5L/152 2.4L/145
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
171 @ 6000 169 @ 6200
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 19
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.94 1.63
Trans Order Code
NA MX0-4
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.13 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.95 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)
3.5 2.96
Clutch Size (in)
8.86 NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.26 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.37 2.14
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door SUV
Vehicle Name
Ford Escape Saturn VUE
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link 3-Link
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 6

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