2009 Saturn VUE Hybrid vs. Its Competition

2009 Saturn VUE Green Line I4

The 2009 Saturn Vue Hybrid has a lower price than the Ford Escape Hybrid—and the Tribute Hybrid and Mariner Hybrid, which are all mechanically similar to the Ford.

The Ford, Mazda, and Mercury, along with the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, all have a full hybrid system—meaning the system can propel the vehicle on electric power alone—and mileage is a bit better than that of the Vue in town.

The Ford-designed hybrids and the Toyota each have available all-wheel drive, while the Saturn's system is only offered with front-wheel drive.

The Jetta Sportwagen TDI is an intriguing alternative for those who do a lot of highway driving or have longer commutes; the clean-diesel engine shines on the highway, with real-world fuel economy well into the 40s, and the model is priced lower than any of these hybrids.

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Quick Specs
7.6
The 2009 Saturn Vue Hybrid isn't fun to drive, but it will ease your reliance on fossil fuels.
7.4
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.
7.4
The 2009 Mercury Mariner is an attractive and capable compact SUV, now with vastly improved performance.
8.8
It's been a long time coming back, but the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen gives crossover buyers something else to consider―and diesel power is on the way.
7.4
The 2008 Mazda Tribute wears a sharp new set of sheetmetal, but performance remains middling, and it still lacks a third-row option.
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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.
MSRP From     
$28,160$20,435$22,650$19,075$19,135$34,200
Gas Mileage     
25 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Electric I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I5Gas I4Gas/Electric V6
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility VehiclesWagonSUV4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door I4FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLSFWD 4-Door I44-Door Manual S PZEVFWD I4 Manual Sport4WD 4-Door (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront wheel drive4-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door SUV4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManualManualCVT Automatic