Compare 2008 Ford Escape vs 2009 Saturn VUE

2008 Ford Escape
2009 Saturn VUE
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4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 19 24 $20,624 $21,880
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 19 24 $21,839 $23,455
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 29 27 $27,080 $29,215
Escape 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 17 22 $24,324 $26,185
Escape 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 17 22 $22,758 $24,465
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 20 26 $19,024 $20,140
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 20 26 $20,229 $21,685
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 34 30 $25,470 $27,445
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS 22 28 $18,104 $19,140
Escape FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 18 24 $22,712 $24,415
Escape FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 18 24 $21,148 $22,695
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AWD 4-Door V6 Red Line
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
VUE AWD 4-Door V6 Red Line 16 23 $28,924 $30,935
VUE AWD 4-Door V6 XE 16 23 $24,657 $25,955
VUE AWD 4-Door V6 XR 16 23 $26,586 $28,435
VUE FWD 4-Door I4 XE 19 26 $22,116 $23,280
VUE FWD 4-Door I4 XR 19 26 $23,744 $25,395
VUE FWD 4-Door V6 Red Line 17 24 $27,054 $28,935
VUE FWD 4-Door V6 XR 17 24 $24,716 $26,435
VUE Hybrid FWD 4-Door I4 25 32 $26,329 $28,160
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,624
$28,924
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,880
$30,935
Monthly Payment Estimate
$365 / month
$516 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Ford Escape looks better inside and out, but the curtain airbags, higher-output V-6 and Sync audio system in the upcoming 2009 model year version are worth the wait. The 2009 Saturn Vue Hybrid isn't fun to drive, but it will ease your reliance on fossil fuels.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 39.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 55.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 40.7
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 52.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.4 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 36.9
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 40.2
Second Hip Room (in)
49.1 52.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.6 56.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
174.7 180.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
43.2 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
67.7 66.2
Liftover Height (in)
29.4 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 61.8
Wheelbase (in)
103.1 106.6
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
33.3 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.1 72.8
Track Width, Front (in)
61.1 61.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.1 7.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
40.7 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
34.7 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
29.2 29.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
37.3 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
66.7 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
66.3 56.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 11.9 x .78
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
10.0 x 1.65 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x 0.5 11.7 x 1.14
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.5 17
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.7 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
40.1 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.7 15.5
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/70R16 P235/55R18
Spare Tire Size
T145/90R17 T155/90D16
Front Tire Order Code
T53 QDP
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P235/70R16 P235/55R18
Rear Tire Order Code
T53 QDP
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3465 4093
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 18 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 18 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 4 16 x 4.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.4 11.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
SMPI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
152 @ 4250 248 @ 2100
Engine Order Code
99Z LY7
Displacement
2.3L/140 3.6L/217
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
153 @ 5800 257 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas V6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 18
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.89 4.48
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.84
Trans Type
4 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.0 -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.31 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.57 2.87
Trans Order Code
NA MX0-6
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.93 2.77
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door SUV
Vehicle Name
Ford Escape Saturn VUE
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link 3-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 4

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