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Hybrid Car Review: Saturn Vue Green Line starts at $22,995

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Saturn Vue Green Line starts at $22,995

Saturn announced the MSRP for the Saturn Vue Green Line hybrid SUV at $22,995. That brings it in well below any other hybrid SUV on the market today.

But that's not all. They've also announced the Hybrid SUV will have the best fuel economy of any SUV availabe with an EPA rating of 27 mpg city/32 mpg highway. This is a 20 percent improvement over the conventional gas engine available in the Vue.

"The Vue Green Line proves you can go green without going broke," said Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak. "With a starting sticker price almost $4,000 less than any competing hybrid SUV, it makes true hybrid fuel savings available to more people than ever before."

The hybrid Vue will be available later this summer.

The Vue’s hybrid system combines sophisticated controls with a precise electric motor/generator mated to the engine. The system delivers fuel economy gains by providing electric power assist during acceleration, through early fuel cut-off during deceleration with torque smoothing and by shutting the engine off at idle. The system also captures electrical energy through regenerative braking.

Where Saturn is saving money is by building a mild hybrid. Unlike the Toyota Highlander or Ford Escape, the Saturn Vue isn't capable of running on electric power alone.

The vehicle’s 2.4 liter hybrid powertrain provides approximately 170 horsepower – 27 more horsepower than the 2.2 liter engine that powers the conventional Vue. The Vue Green Line’s acceleration is comparable or better than similarly equipped non-hybrid SUVs.

In addition to its hybrid powertrain, the Vue Green Line also features several standard equipment upgrades, including antilock brakes with traction control, 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome-finish skid plates, body-color door handles and exterior mirrors, bright side moldings and rear spoiler as well as specific instrumentation designed to provide the driver with hybrid system information.

As with all Vues, the Green Line model offers standard power convenience package (windows, door locks and exterior mirrors), remote keyless entry, fold-flat front passenger seatback and rear cargo organizer. All Saturn vehicles also come equipped with OnStar and a one-year subscription to the Safe and Sound service plan.

Complete information on the Vue Green Line can be found on the Web at

Saturn is rolling out the Vue Green Line hybrid along with several other cars this summer including the Outlook crossover and the all-new Aura sports sedan. The "Like always. Like never before" campaign will start with the Sky roadster which is arriving at retailers now.

Saturn also recently announced plans for a Green Line hybrid version of the Aura sedan in 2007.

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Robert Kurzweil said...

I have owned a Vue greenline for about 8 months now. I have had nothing but trouble with it. It has been in the shop 5 times for repairs. They have replaced the hybrid engine, the battery, the jumper harness, the oxygen sensors.

Needless to say, this vehicle is not ready for the road. And I have not seen anything like the advertised mileage.

Mike said...

That's very disappointing, especially from a company that started out by marketing itself as being different from the others in terms of quality.

Unfortunately for Saturn, their quality has suffered in recent years and everyone knows it. They seem to have built something up more recently with their introduction of the new vehicles. I'm hoping that the new hybrid will be of higher quality than the Green line.

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