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SAFETY | 10 out of 10
Good," frontal offset impact; "good," side impact; Top Safety Pick 2009
Five stars, front impacts; five stars, side impacts
Features a laundry list of standard safety systems
Every prospective car buyer cares about safety to some degree, but it's generally those consumers with kids who spend the most time flipping through the "Safety" section of a vehicle's brochure. Family buyers will undoubtedly be impressed by the Saturn Vue Hybrid's safety credentials, which rank among the highest in the industry.
The first thing people think of when they consider a vehicle's overall safety is its crash-test ratings. On the 2009 Saturn Vue Hybrid, those ratings are absolutely impeccable; the Saturn Vue Hybrid earns perfect scores in every crash-test category from both major agencies. NHTSA awards the Saturn Vue Hybrid a perfect five-star rating in both of its front impact tests, as well as both side impact tests. In IIHS testing, the 2009 Saturn Vue Hybrid earns the highest possible rating, "good," in both the frontal offset and side impact tests. Furthermore, the IIHS grants the Saturn Vue 2009 Hybrid its Top Safety Pick award for 2009, citing the Vue Hybrid's "good performance in front, side, and rear tests and standard electronic stability control."
As the IIHS report mentions, the 2009 Saturn Vue Hybrid does include standard electronic stability control, along with numerous other safety features. Cars.com notes that, "because it's also sold in Europe, the Vue has some unusual features for this price range, including active headrests (headrests that tilt forward during a rear collision) and break-away pedals." MotherProof is pleased to report that the Saturn Vue Hybrid also "comes with front- and side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags for both rows," as well as standard "traction control and antilock brakes." Because Saturn is a GM brand, the Saturn Vue 2009 Hybrid also comes standard with OnStar.
You simply won't find a vehicle with better safety credentials than the 2009 Saturn Vue Hybrid.