Compare 2008 Saturn VUE vs 2009 Ford Escape

2008 Saturn VUE
2009 Ford Escape
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FWD 4-Door I4 XE
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 V6 XR 16 23 $23,188 $24,800
FWD 4-Door I4 Green Line 25 32 $23,978 $25,645
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
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,125
$19,245
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,525
$20,435
Monthly Payment Estimate
$359 / month
$341 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.4
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
City
19 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Leg Room (in)
36.9 35.6
Front Head Room (in)
40.2 40.4
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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
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
Brakes
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
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x 1.14 11.9 x 0.4
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19 16.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.5 17.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.0 36.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.46 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 40.1
Tires
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
Rear Tire Size
P235/65R16 P235/70R16
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3825 4320
Wheels
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
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.0 5.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Engine
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
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6200 171 @ 6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 24
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
4 Door SUV 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Saturn VUE Ford Escape
Suspension
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
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6

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