2008 Saturn VUE vs. Its Competition

2008 Saturn VUE XE
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

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.

The Vue's fuel economy is not as good as that of either the Ford Escape or Toyota RAV4 equipped with their optional V-6 engines.

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Saturn Vue isn't as large as competing models on the inside and isn't the best choice for growing families, but in all other respects, it's a much-improved vehicle.
Though it looks decidedly old-school, the Ford Escape is a solid and stylish five-passenger, compact SUV that has been kept up-to-date.
It’s significantly improved this year, but the 2009 Subaru Forester remains a unique all-wheel-drive crossover with less power and fewer features, but better carlike handling, than its competition.
The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
The 2008 Hyundai Tucson no longer stands out in its class for performance or safety, but it’s still a great value.
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 brings a little more space than most compact SUVs without a mid-size price.
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Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
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2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles4WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door I4 XEFWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS4-Door Manual X2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door I4 Manual GLS *Ltd Avail*FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Body Style     
4 Door SUV4 Door4 Door5 Door4 Door Sport Utility4 Door
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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