For 2007, the big news for the Saturn Vue is the Green Line, GM’s first hybrid gasoline/electric variant. Other changes are 16- and 17-inch wheels for FWD and AWD V6 models, revised SAE-certified horsepower, and a new Deep Blue exterior colour that replaces Pacific Blue.

The Vue is available with a 2.2-litre Ecotec four-cylinder, a 3.5-litre V6, or the Green Line’s 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine with electric motor/generator. The 2.2-litre is mated to a five-speed manual that can be optioned to a four-speed automatic; the 3.5-litre uses a five-speed automatic, while the Green Line uses a four-speed automatic.

The Green Line is a simple, flexible hybrid design. The electric motor provides additional power during acceleration, the engine shuts off at idle, there is fuel cut-off during deceleration, and the system captures electrical energy through regenerative braking. Although the engine alone provides 144 hp, the powertrain is rated at 170 hp with the electric motor, maintaining a sporty feel with acceleration better or equal to many conventional SUVs.

Standard Vue features include air conditioning, 16-inch wheels, rear washer/wiper, power locks with keyless entry, power windows, power mirrors, cruise control, 70/30 split folding rear seat, fold-flat front passenger seat, height-adjustable driver’s seat, CD player, rear cargo organizer, auto-dimming rearview mirror and floor mats. All but the four-cylinder model receive XM Satellite Radio as standard equipment.

The sporty Red Line is an option package. It also uses the 3.5-litre and five-speed automatic, and comes in FWD or AWD; it’s a trim and suspension package, with no engine upgrade. Its special features include a stiffened, performance-tuned suspension that is 26 mm (one inch) lower than the standard Vue; 18-inch aluminum wheels with Bridgestone Turanza performance touring tires; and sport-calibrated electric power steering. Inside, the Red Line includes ebony leather-appointed seats with suede fabric inserts, six-way power driver’s seat, unique cluster faceplate, metallic foot pedals, embroidered floor mats and ambient footwell lighting that can be changed to Cool Blue or Warm Amber.

Available options on Vue models include upgraded, iPod-capable stereos and DVD rear-seat entertainment system.

Both of the conventional Vue engines offer sufficient power and a good ride for the price, and the V6, which is sourced from Honda, is very smooth and able. The new hybrid version offers fuel savings but with a relatively low premium over conventional models, especially when compared to some hybrids from other manufacturers, which will mean less time to recoup the difference at the fuel pump. And all models have their outer door panels made from Saturn’s famous dent-resistant polymer plastic, so parking lot dings are one less thing to worry about.

For 2007, the big news for the Saturn Vue is the Green Line, GM’s first hybrid gasoline/electric variant. Other changes are 16- and 17-inch wheels for FWD and AWD V6 models, revised SAE-certified horsepower, and a new Deep Blue exterior colour that replaces Pacific Blue.

The Vue is available with a 2.2-litre Ecotec four-cylinder, a 3.5-litre V6, or the Green Line’s 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine with electric motor/generator. The 2.2-litre is mated to a five-speed manual that can be optioned to a four-speed automatic; the 3.5-litre uses a five-speed automatic, while the Green Line uses a four-speed automatic.

The Green Line is a simple, flexible hybrid design. The electric motor provides additional power during acceleration, the engine shuts off at idle, there is fuel cut-off during deceleration, and the system captures electrical energy through regenerative braking. Although the engine alone provides 144 hp, the powertrain is rated at 170 hp with the electric motor, maintaining a sporty feel with acceleration better or equal to many conventional SUVs.

Standard Vue features include air conditioning, 16-inch wheels, rear washer/wiper, power locks with keyless entry, power windows, power mirrors, cruise control, 70/30 split folding rear seat, fold-flat front passenger seat, height-adjustable driver’s seat, CD player, rear cargo organizer, auto-dimming rearview mirror and floor mats. All but the four-cylinder model receive XM Satellite Radio as standard equipment.

The sporty Red Line is an option package. It also uses the 3.5-litre and five-speed automatic, and comes in FWD or AWD; it’s a trim and suspension package, with no engine upgrade. Its special features include a stiffened, performance-tuned suspension that is 26 mm (one inch) lower than the standard Vue; 18-inch aluminum wheels with Bridgestone Turanza performance touring tires; and sport-calibrated electric power steering. Inside, the Red Line includes ebony leather-appointed seats with suede fabric inserts, six-way power driver’s seat, unique cluster faceplate, metallic foot pedals, embroidered floor mats and ambient footwell lighting that can be changed to Cool Blue or Warm Amber.

Available options on Vue models include upgraded, iPod-capable stereos and DVD rear-seat entertainment system.

Both of the conventional Vue engines offer sufficient power and a good ride for the price, and the V6, which is sourced from Honda, is very smooth and able. The new hybrid version offers fuel savings but with a relatively low premium over conventional models, especially when compared to some hybrids from other manufacturers, which will mean less time to recoup the difference at the fuel pump. And all models have their outer door panels made from Saturn’s famous dent-resistant polymer plastic, so parking lot dings are one less thing to worry about.

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