Compare 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2009 Saturn VUE

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe
2009 Saturn VUE
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FWD 4-Door Manual GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Manual GLS 17 24 $20,671 $21,495
FWD 4-Door Automatic GLS 18 24 $21,906 $22,795
AWD 4-Door Manual GLS 17 23 $22,286 $23,195
AWD 4-Door Automatic GLS 17 23 $23,521 $24,495
FWD 4-Door Automatic SE 17 24 $23,276 $24,495
AWD 4-Door Automatic SE 17 24 $24,874 $26,195
FWD 4-Door Automatic Limited 17 24 $26,704 $28,445
AWD 4-Door Automatic Limited 17 24 $28,285 $30,145
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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
$20,671
$22,116
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,495
$23,280
Monthly Payment Estimate
$358 / month
$388 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
Hyundai is no longer bargain-basement-priced, but the hard-to-fault 2008 Santa Fe has all the refinement of comparable rivals with a little more flair. 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
17 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
55.8 52.6
Second Leg Room (in)
36.8 36.9
Front Head Room (in)
40.2 40.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
108.3 - TBD -
Second Hip Room (in)
55.0 52.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.5 56.0
Second Head Room (in)
39.6 39.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.6 55.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.6 40.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.8 61.8
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 106.6
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.4 72.8
Track Width, Front (in)
63.6 61.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.1 7.8
Length, Overall (in)
184.1 180.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
67.9 67.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
34.2 29.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
78.2 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)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.7 x 1.14
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.9 x .78
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.8 19
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.24 3.46
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.5 18.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P235/70R16 P235/65R16
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
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3727 3664
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x 4.0
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.9 9.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
183 @ 4000 161 @ 5100
Engine Order Code
NA LE5
Displacement
2.7L/164 2.4L/145
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
185 @ 6000 169 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPI MFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 22
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.70 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.59 2.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.93 1.63
Trans Order Code
NA MX0-4
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.07 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.28 0.68
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.62 2.96
Summary
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Santa Fe Saturn VUE
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility 4 Door SUV
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.59 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.02 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent 3-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6

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