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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
clever storage solutions in the rear cargo area
wind noise is low even in crosswinds
Seats were supportive and straddled the line between cushy and firm
Interior silence of the recently redesigned Saturn Vue is deafening and an obvious improvement over earlier models. The material qualities of 2009 Vue’s cabin are also a marked improvement.
The Saturn Vue does a wonderful job of suppressing external noise. According to ConsumerGuide, "wind noise is low even in crosswinds," and Cars.com adds "there's almost no engine noise and very little wind or road noise on even the most abrasive highway lanes."
When evaluating the seats in the Saturn Vue, a few complaints arise. Reviewers at Automobile Magazine are quick to point out that "the front seat bottoms are too low and too short," though The Detroit News mentions "plenty of leg room in the front (40.7 inches) and the second row (36.9 inches)." Consumer Guide agrees that there is "good headroom and legroom" up front, but they again note that the "short seat bottoms lack long-distance thigh support." As for the rear seats, Consumer Guide reports that they offer "excellent headroom" and a "reclining seatback," though once more with "short seat bottoms, and too-firm cushioning." According to Edmunds, the 2009 Saturn Vue "is a five-passenger compact SUV," and many reviews read by TheCarConnection.com decry the lack of an available third-row seat.
Regarding interior storage space, Car and Driver lays out hard numbers: "luggage space comes in at 29 cubic feet behind the second row and 54 cubic feet with the second row folded, which is noticeably less than the 36 and 73 cubic feet in the RAV4." At Automobile Magazine, reviewers note that "the glove box is huge and there are some clever storage solutions in the rear cargo area." However, ConsumerGuide marks down the Saturn Vue because its "in-cabin storage is meager." Although the 2009 Saturn Vue isn't a huge car, it does offer average storage space and usability. Reviewers at The Detroit News love all "the small storage containers, including a drawer under the passenger's front seat," which "give the space purpose instead of becoming a black hole for garage remotes." ConsumerGuide reports that there is "good space behind the 2nd row," and it "becomes plentiful with the rear seatbacks folded."
Cars.com reviewers contend that the materials used inside the 2009 Saturn Vue not only "best other domestics, like the Ford Escape, it's also superior to top imports like the Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Santa Fe and Honda CR-V." Edmunds notes "brushed-aluminum accents on the steering wheel, door panels, parking brake and shift knob further the upscale treatment." Kelley Blue Book offers particularly high praise, declaring, "especially when outfitted with leather, the Saturn Vue offers the richest passenger cabin in the category." ConsumerGuide agrees, stating that the new interior is "a vast upgrade over the previous-generation Vue" and claiming "materials quality and assembly of models tested are arguably the best in the compact-SUV class."
While cargo room could be more plentiful, the 2009 Saturn Vue is a class leader when it comes to a silent, quality-built cabin.