With space for five and two rows of seating, the 2008 Saturn Vue competes against the smaller compact crossover vehicles.
Its primary rival is perhaps the Honda CR-V, a vehicle that was redesigned last year and boasts a roomy interior and smooth ride.
But the CR-V comes only with a peppy and efficient four-cylinder engine, and it's quite a bit lighter than the Vue.
The Subaru Forester is another alternative; compared to the Vue, the Forester drives more like a sporty small car, with crisp handling and good performance from its flat-four engine, plus standard all-wheel drive.
The Toyota RAV4--closely priced--is about the same size as the Vue on the outside, but it has seating for seven and a third-row seat, along with a more efficient four-cylinder engine and a more powerful V-6.
And the Ford Escape, despite a recent reskin, looks dated but is still very competitive, with a space-efficient design.
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|2008 Saturn VUEBrowse Used Listings||2009 Ford EscapeBrowse Used Listings||2009 Subaru ForesterBrowse Used Listings||2008 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings||2008 Hyundai TucsonBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota RAV4Browse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas Flat 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||4WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door I4 XE||FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS||4-Door Manual X||2WD 5-Door LX||FWD 4-Door I4 Manual GLS *Ltd Avail*||FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door SUV||4 Door||4 Door||5 Door||4 Door Sport Utility||4 Door|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Automatic||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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