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SAFETY | 10 out of 10
Five stars, front impact and side impact rating; four stars, rollover rating
Good," frontal offset impact and side impact; "Top Safety Pick 2008
Plenty of standard safety features
With the 2008 Saturn Vue, it's clear that safety is one of the vehicle's top priorities. The emphasis is clearly seen in both the Saturn Vue's crash-test ratings and its list of safety features.
The 2008 Saturn Vue has been crash tested by both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and results from both agencies were superb. In NHTSA tests, the 2008 Saturn Vue earned a perfect five-star rating for both front impact tests, as well as both side impact categories. The only category in which the Saturn Vue scored fewer than five stars was for rollover, where the NHTSA gave it a four-star rating. The IIHS results are equally impressive, as it earned the highest possible rating in each of the IIHS tests. In fact, the Vue performed so well during those tests that the IIHS awarded it a Top Safety Pick 2008 title, stating that it displayed "good performance in front, side, and rear tests."
The Vue is packed with safety features. Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com invariably mention the Vue's "slew of standard safety features that were not available on its predecessor," according to Cars.com. Edmunds reviewers report that those safety features include "antilock brakes, stability control, traction control, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active head restraints." Motor Trend says that the Saturn Vue's safety features, including "seatbelt pretensioners" and "collapsing pedals" allow crash-test dummies to "emerge unscathed (or at least undead) from the worst crashes conceived by any world government." Motor Trend adds "standard stability control with trailer-sway mitigation (a class exclusive) might even help intelligent dummies avoid a crash."
The list of safety features on the Saturn Vue is further complemented by better-than-average visibility, which ConsumerGuide says is "good to all directions." Car and Driver reviewers also rave about the "expansive view out the front windshield," which they call "excellent."
The 2008 Saturn Vue performs at the top of its class in safety.