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.
|2009 Saturn VUE HybridBrowse Used Listings||2009 Ford EscapeBrowse Used Listings||2009 Mercury MarinerBrowse Used Listings||2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportwagenBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mazda TributeBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota Highlander HybridBrowse Used Listings|
|25 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I5||Gas I4||Gas/Electric V6|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||Wagon||SUV||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door I4||FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS||FWD 4-Door I4||4-Door Manual S PZEV||FWD I4 Manual Sport||4WD 4-Door (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front wheel drive||4-Wheel Drive|
|4 Door SUV||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door SUV||4 Door|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Manual||Manual||CVT Automatic|