Compare 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs 2009 Saturn VUE

2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
2009 Saturn VUE
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4WD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4WD 4-Door 27 25 $30,780 $34,200
4WD 4-Door w/3rd Row Limited 27 25 $36,202 $40,450
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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
$30,780
$22,116
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,200
$23,280
Monthly Payment Estimate
$570 / month
$388 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers the same room and amenities that the nonhybrid Highlander does, only with better fuel economy and the badge of honor that comes with driving something that's trying to be green. 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
27 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Hip Room (in)
NA -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
59.3 55.9
Front Leg Room (in)
43.2 40.7
Third Head Room (in)
NA -
Front Hip Room (in)
56.7 52.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
145.4 - TBD -
Third Shoulder Room (in)
NA -
Second Leg Room (in)
38.4 36.9
Front Head Room (in)
40.6 40.2
Second Hip Room (in)
56.3 52.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.7 56.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Third Leg Room (in)
NA -
Second Head Room (in)
39.8 39.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
64.0 61.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.3 7.8
Length, Overall (in)
188.4 180.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.1 67.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.0 61.8
Wheelbase (in)
109.8 106.6
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.2 72.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
94.1 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 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
42.3 29.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 x - TBD - 11.9 x .78
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)
12.9 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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.2 19
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 3.46
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.6 18.5
Tires
Spare Tire Size
P245/65R17 T155/90D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA QKG
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 P235/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QKG
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P235/65R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 1500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4508 3664
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 4.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
212 @ 3600 161 @ 5100
Engine Order Code
NA LE5
Displacement
3.3L/- TBD - 2.4L/145
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
209 @ 5600 169 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas/Electric V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPI MFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 22
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.96
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
Trans Type
1 4
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- TBD - -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.63
Trans Order Code
NA MX0-4
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.68
Trans Description Cont.
CVT Automatic Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Toyota Highlander Hybrid Saturn VUE
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door SUV
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6

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