Compare 2008 Kia Sportage vs 2009 Saturn VUE

2008 Kia Sportage
2009 Saturn VUE
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2WD 4-Door I4 Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door I4 Manual LX 20 25 $15,270 $16,050
2WD 4-Door I4 Automatic LX 19 25 $18,110 $19,045
4WD 4-Door I4 Manual LX 19 24 $18,600 $19,545
2WD 4-Door V6 Automatic LX 17 23 $18,940 $20,045
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic LX 17 21 $20,130 $21,345
2WD 4-Door V6 Automatic EX 17 23 $20,000 $21,395
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic EX 17 21 $21,370 $22,895
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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
$15,270
$22,116
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,050
$23,280
Monthly Payment Estimate
$268 / month
$388 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.8
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you can live without top-level refinement and the absolutely latest technology, 2008 Kia Sportage is a fine little SUV, and considering its price, a genuine value. 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
25 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
54.6 52.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
103.9 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
37.2 36.9
Front Head Room (in)
40.7 40.2
Second Hip Room (in)
54.6 52.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 56.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
39.4 39.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 55.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.1 40.7
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.6 61.8
Wheelbase (in)
103.5 106.6
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.9 72.8
Track Width, Front (in)
60.6 61.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.7 7.8
Length, Overall (in)
171.3 180.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
66.7 67.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
23.6 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)
66.6 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 -
Brakes
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - 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)
10.3 x - TBD - 11.9 x .78
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.3 19
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.06 3.46
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 18.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 40.0
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P215/65R16 P235/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QKG
Front Tire Size
P215/65R16 P235/65R16
Spare Tire Size
NA T155/90D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA 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)
3230 3664
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 16 x 4.0
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.3 9.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.4L/145
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
140 @ 6000 169 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
NA MFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4500 161 @ 5100
Engine Order Code
NA LE5
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 22
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.33 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
2 Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.46 2.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 1.63
Trans Order Code
NA MX0-4
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.53 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.06 0.68
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.64 2.96
Summary
Vehicle Name
Kia Sportage Saturn VUE
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door SUV
Suspension
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.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Dual-link 3-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/stabilizer bar w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6

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