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Selected Style FWD 4-Door I4 XE
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door I4 XE 19 26 $20,125 $21,525
AWD 4-Door V6 XE 15 22 $22,785 $24,370
FWD 4-Door I4 Green Line 25 32 $23,978 $25,645
FWD 4-Door V6 XR 16 23 $23,188 $24,800
AWD 4-Door V6 XR 16 22 $25,058 $26,800
FWD 4-Door V6 Red Line 16 24 $25,525 $27,300
AWD 4-Door V6 Red Line 16 22 $27,395 $29,300
FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS
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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
FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 20 28 $21,789 $23,455
FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 20 28 $23,123 $24,920
FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 18 26 $22,708 $24,465
FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 18 26 $24,033 $25,920
FWD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 34 31 $27,422 $29,645
FWD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid Limited 34 31 $29,542 $31,975
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 19 25 $21,969 $23,395
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 19 25 $23,381 $25,205
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 19 25 $24,715 $26,670
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 17 24 $24,300 $26,215
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 17 24 $25,625 $27,670
4WD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 29 27 $29,015 $31,395
4WD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid Limited 29 27 $31,135 $33,725
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,125
$19,245
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,525
$20,435
Monthly Payment Estimate
$359 / month
$341 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2008 Saturn Vue isn't as large as competing models on the inside and isn't the best choice for growing families, but in all other respects, it's a much-improved vehicle. 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.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 19 mpg 20 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 26 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 36.9 35.6
Front Head Room (in) 40.2 40.4
Second Hip Room (in) 52.9 49.1
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.0 56.6
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 39.3 39.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.9 55.9
Front Leg Room (in) 40.7 41.6
Front Hip Room (in) 52.6 53.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) - TBD - 99.5
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - 33.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.8 71.1
Track Width, Front (in) 61.4 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in) 7.8 8.4
Length, Overall (in) 180.1 174.7
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - 43.2
Height, Overall (in) 67.0 67.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 29.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.8 60.2
Wheelbase (in) 106.6 103.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 29.2 29.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - 37.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - 66.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 56.4 66.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - 40.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - 34.7
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.7 x 1.14 11.9 x 0.4
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - TBD - NA
Brake Type Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA 10.0 x 1.65
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19 16.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.46 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - 40.1
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 18.5 17.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 40.0 36.7
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Tires
Rear Tire Size P235/65R16 P235/70R16
Rear Tire Order Code QKG NA
Front Tire Size P235/65R16 P235/70R16
Spare Tire Size T155/90D16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code QKG NA
Spare Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3825 4320
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x 4.0 Compact
Rear Wheel Material Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.0 5.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 110
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 169 @ 6200 171 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System MFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 161 @ 5100 171 @ 4500
Engine Order Code LE5 997
Displacement 2.4L/145 2.5L/152
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 28
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 24
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - TBD - NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.88 3.37
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.87 1.94
Trans Order Code MX0 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.41 4.13
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.41 0.95
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - TBD - NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.74 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.48 3.5
Clutch Size (in) NA 8.86
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.84 1.26
Trans Type 6 5
Summary
Vehicle Name Saturn VUE Ford Escape
Body Style 4 Door SUV 4 Door
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear 3-Link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 6
 
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