2008 Saturn Vue

Overview

The all-new 2008 Saturn VUE is the latest vehicle to be a part of Saturn’s impressive revitalization effort. It is a refined, European-inspired, 5-passenger SUV that provides new levels of safety, powertrain choices and even an available hybrid model. These key selling features, as well as Saturn’s outstanding reputation for customer services, make the 2008 VUE an appealing vehicle to existing and new customers. VUE offers one of the widest ranges of advanced powertrains available on a compact SUV.

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Top Ten Features

  • 1. Exterior style/interior refinement VUE’s upscale, sporty, distinctive exterior design reflects a European styling influence with American boldness and flare.
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  • 2. Technologically advanced VUE offers technologically advanced features such as a 6-speed automatic transmission, hybrid powertrain, RainSense wipers and a heated washer fluid system.
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  • 3. Powertrains To help accommodate the needs of a wide range of customers, VUE is available in four models with four distinct powertrain choices, including a hybrid powertrain. With this many choices, it is easy for customers to select a model best suited to their individual needs.
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  • 4. Safety features VUE has one of the most comprehensive sets of safety equipment offered on a compact SUV. All VUE trim levels help protect occupants before, during and after a collision with standard features like 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, traction control, StabiliTrak with Roll-Over Mitigation, a Tire Pressure Monitor, frontal, seat-mounted and head-curtain air bags, OnStar, Pedal Release System and much more.
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  • 5. Red Line Appeals to your performanceoriented customers with a lowered, sporttuned suspension, performance-appearance front and rear fascias, 18" wheels with performance tires, a rear spoiler and specific interior styling cues.
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  • 6. Green Line For your customers concerned about their impact on the environment, the Green Line features a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine, an electric motor generator and a 36-volt nickel metal hydride hybrid battery to significantly increase fuel economy.
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  • 7. Functionality VUE’s interior offers several ways for customers to haul or move their stuff. There is a 60/40 split-folding rear seat with fold-down center armrest storage, and several other storage areas located throughout the vehicle to stow smaller items. Most storage areas are covered, flocked and damped to ensure a clean, finished appearance.
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  • 8. Independent suspension VUE’s 4-wheel independent suspension offers European tuning and delivers a smooth ride, responsive handling and good steering feedback for an exciting drive whether the road is curvy or straight.
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  • 9. OnStar Standard one-year Safe & Sound Plan provides the ultimate in personal safety and security. An upgrade to OnStar Directions & Connections Plan with Turnby- Turn Navigation is available. No other competitor offers anything similar.
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  • 10. Infotainment All VUEs include a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio with an auxiliary audio input jack. A 6-disc, in-dash CD changer is available. Additionally, the available Saturn Advanced Audio System includes 10 deluxe speakers, a 180-watt amplifier and an 8" subwoofer. And for the first time in VUE history, a factory DVD-based navigation system is available.
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Power & Handling

  • Ecotec 2.4L 4-cylinder engine Standard engine on VUE XE FWD and Green Line. This engine features all-aluminum construction for reduced weight, chain-driven camshafts for enhanced durability, and cam phasers for consistent output. The Green Line hybrid powertrain gasoline engine is integrated with an electric motor/generator capable of 115 lb.-ft. of auto-start torque that provides momentary acceleration assistance as needed. The hybrid system also saves fuel by engine shut-off at idle, fuel cut-off during deceleration, and the ability to capture electrical energy through regenerative braking. - 169 hp @ 6,200 rpm (172 hp @ 5,8001 rpm on Green Line Hybrid). - 161 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5,100 rpm (167 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,5001 rpm on Green Line Hybrid).
  • 3.5L V6 engine Available on VUE XE, this engine has a broad torque curve 90% of torque is available between 1,000 and 5,900 rpm. This provides excellent low-end torque and quick acceleration. Other features of the 3.5L V6 engine include Variable Valve Timing (VVT) for maximum power in all operating conditions, an equal-length intake manifold to help reduce noise, and a structural aluminum oil pan to help dampen internal engine noise. - 222 hp @ 5,900 rpm. - 219 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3,200 rpm.
  • 3.6L V6 engine Featured on XR and Red Line trim levels, this engine provides responsive and assertive performance. Dual overhead cams with four valves per cylinder enhance smoothness and increase output. 4-cam phasing provides an outstanding balance of power, efficiency and low emissions. A structural aluminum oil pan with steel baffles helps dampen internal engine noises. The steel baffles ensure maximum lubrication in demanding situations such as high lateral Gs. - 257 hp @ 6,500 rpm. - 248 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2,100 rpm
  • Hydra-Matic 4T45-E 4-speed automatic transmission Included with VUE 4-cylinder models. This transmission is electronically controlled for low noise, high durability and smooth shifting performance. Standard Electronic Range Selection (ERS) allows drivers to choose the top-gear limit of the vehicle’s transmission and the vehicle’s speed when driving downhill or towing a trailer.
  • Hydra-Matic 6T70 6-speed automatic transmission Included on models equipped with the 3.5L or 3.6L V6 engine, this advanced unit includes clutch-to-clutch shift operation for reduced complexity and compact packaging. Other features of this transmission include: - Standard Electronic Range Selection (ERS). - Available TAPshift on XR (standard on Red Line) gives drivers full control of the gear selection, allowing the transmission to be shifted like a clutchless manual. (Replaces ERS.) - Auto-grade braking automatically shifts into a lower gear when braking on a downgrade to help preserve brake life.
  • Flat towable All models have flat towing capability, which makes VUE ideal for customers who want to tow VUE behind their recreational vehicle.
  • Towing Standard towing capacity is 1,500 lbs. for 4-cylinder and Green Line. The towing capacity for V6 models, except Red Line, is 3,500 lbs.
  • MacPherson strut type front suspension Contributes to car-like ride and handling characteristics. Damping and spring rates are tuned to achieve optimal performance characteristics for each VUE trim level. Hydraulic ride bushings in the front control arms result in a higher degree of ride isolation, quieter performance and more controlled transfer of road input loads.
  • 4-link rear suspension Independent design with coil springs provides exceptional ride and handling qualities. Includes twin-tube shock absorbers and a solid stabilizer bar. A trailing arm plus three additional locating links help create a low, wide load floor and maximum rear passenger space. The coil springs are located as low as possible for enhanced stability and minimal intrusion into the cargo area.
  • Red Line Includes sport-tuned suspension components that result in a 1" lower ride height to help reduce body roll and increase cornering capability. Red Line models also include larger stabilizer bars and 18" alloy wheels with performance tires.
  • All-wheel drive Standard drivetrain layout is front-wheel drive; an intelligent all-wheel drive system is available. The all-wheel drive system is fully automatic and requires no driver input. The system works by always delivering a slight amount of torque to the rear wheels. The amount of torque delivered is based on wheel speed, throttle position and the amount (if any) of wheel slip that is occurring. This ensures that torque is always delivered to the wheels that have the best traction.
  • Hydraulic-assist power steering Featured on XE V6, XR and Red Line, this steering system is tuned for responsiveness, good on-center feel and excellent driver feedback.
  • Column Electric Power Steering (CEPS) Featured on Green Line and XE 4-cylinder models, this steering system uses an electric motor (rather than engine power) for the power steering system for enhanced fuel efficiency.
  • Brakes All models feature large 4-wheel disc brakes with standard ABS for confident and controlled stopping ability.
  • StabiliTrak with Roll-Over Mitigation Provides outstanding safety and control benefits by automatically correcting oversteer and understeer conditions to keep the vehicle traveling in the desired direction. Standard.
  • Traction control Uses brake and engine torque intervention to enhance traction during launch and acceleration on all types of road surfaces. Standard.
  • Wheels and tires Alloy wheels are standard on all models. - XE: 16" wheels with P235/65R16 all-season tires. - Green Line: 17" wheels with P225/60R17 low rolling resistance tires. - XR: 17" wheels with P235/60R17 all-season tires. - Red Line: 18" wheels with performance tires.

Comfort And Convenience

  • Preferred Package (WPF) Includes 8-way power driver seat adjuster, driver lumbar adjuster, leather-wrapped steering wheel, outside heated power-adjustable mirrors, lighted visor vanity mirrors and single-zone automatic climate control. Standard on XR and Red Line; available on XE.
  • Convenience Package (WPG) Includes rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated windshield washer fluid, Remote Vehicle Starter System and Universal Home Remote. Available on all trim levels except Green Line.
  • Premium Trim Package (PCQ) Includes leather-appointed seats, leather-wrapped shift knob and 3-mode heated driver and front passenger seats. Available on XE, XR and Green Line; XE models also requires Preferred Package (WPF); and Green Line model also requires Comfort and Convenience Package (WPC).
  • Trailering Package (V92) Includes hitch, wiring harness and transmission oil cooler. Available on all trim levels except Red Line.
  • Comfort and Convenience Package (WPC) Includes 8-way power driver seat adjuster, driver lumbar adjuster, leatherwrapped steering wheel, outside heated power-adjustable mirrors, lighted visor vanity mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated windshield washer fluid and Universal Home Remote. Available on Green Line only.
  • Sleek exterior VUE’s roofline curves sleekly over the body and flows from the hood to the liftgate for attractive proportions. Bright accents provide an upscale design cue. Up front, a bright chrome grille bar with an integral Saturn badge creates instantly identifiable Saturn family styling.
  • Exterior paint colors Sunburst Orange, Sea Mist Green, Ruby Red, Mystic Blue (additional charge), Deep Blue, Polar White, Black Onyx, Golden Cashmere, Silver Pearl and Techno Gray.
  • RainSense wipers Uses a sensor in the windshield to detect rain and activate the wipers. Available on all trim levels.
  • Heated washer fluid Applies heated washer fluid to quickly de-ice or clear the windshield. Available on all trim levels.
  • Body-color, power outside mirrors Standard on all VUE trim levels. Heated mirrors are standard on XR and Red Line; available on XE and Green Line.
  • Remote Vehicle Starter System Using the key fob, the driver can start the engine from nearly 200' away. Available on all trim levels except Green Line.
  • Interior colors Available trim colors include upper Black/lower Gray or upper Black/lower Tan on XE, XR and Green Line. Red Line features Black upper and lower trim.
  • Assist handles Located above all four doors.
  • Heated front seats Three-level heated seats are standard on Red Line and available on all other trim levels in cloth or leather. (Green Line leather only.)
  • Power seats An 8-way power driver seat with manual lumbar control is standard on XR and Red Line; available on XE and Green Line.
  • Leather-appointed seating surfaces Available on XE, XR and Green Line. Red Line includes standard Black leatherappointed seating with sueded fabric inserts.
  • Steering wheel Integrated controls for audio and cruise control standard. Leather-wrapped steering wheel standard on XR and Red Line; available on XE and Green Line.
  • Air conditioning Single-zone manual climate control is standard on XE. Single-zone automatic climate control is standard on XR, Red Line and Green Line, and available on XE.
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System illuminates a warning message in the instrument cluster when it detects one or more tires have a decrease in air pressure. Standard.
  • Green Line Unique equipment found on Green Line includes a rear spoiler, hybrid instrumentation, an inflator kit instead of a spare tire and jack, a two-mode air conditioning system, alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tires and Green Line Hybrid badging.
  • Red Line Unique equipment found on Red Line includes TAPshift, trapezoidal chrome-tipped dual exhaust outlets, performance appearance front and rear fascias, deluxe fog lamps, rear spoiler, stainless steel sill plates, Black floor mats with specific Red Line embroidery, unique instrument cluster faceplate and leather-appointed seating with suede fabric inserts.
  • AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 player Includes auxiliary input jack and six speakers standard on all trim levels.
  • AM/FM stereo with 6-disc, in-dash CD/MP3 changer Available on all trim levels.
  • Voice-activated touch-screen navigation with Saturn Advanced Audio system Includes 10 deluxe speakers, 180-watt amplifier and 8" subwoofer. Available on all trim levels except Green Line.
  • XM Satellite Radio With a wide variety of programming, XM has something to excite any driver. Whether you want to be entertained or informed, to laugh, think, or sing, XM has the perfect channel for you coast-to-coast, and in digital-quality sound. Three trial months at no additional cost. Standard.
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    • Engine
      Horsepower @ rpm
      Torque (lb.-ft.) @ rpm
    • 2.4L I-4, 169 @ 6,200, 161 @ 5,100
    • 2.4L I-4, 166 @ 5,800, 161 @ 4,200
    • 2.4L I-4, 166 @ 6,000, 165 @ 4,000
    • 2.4L I-4, 172 @ 5,800, 167 @ 4,500
    • 2.3L I-4, 133 @ 6,000, 124 @ 4,250 (155 net hp w/ electric assist)
    • Fuel economy, city/hwy (mpg)
    • 19/26
    • 20/27
    • 21/27
    • 24/30
    • 34/30
    • Transmission
    • 4-speed auto. (I-4); 6-speed auto. (V6)
    • 5-speed auto.
    • 4-speed auto. (I-4); 5-speed auto. (V6)
    • 4-speed auto.
    • CVT
    • Maximum towing (lbs.)
    • 1,500 (I-4); 3,500 (V6)
    • 1,500
    • 1,500 (I-4); 3,500 (V6)
    • 1,500
    • Not recommended
    • Front suspension
    • MacPherson strut
    • MacPherson strut
    • MacPherson strut
    • MacPherson strut
    • MacPherson strut
    • Rear suspension
    • 4-link
    • Multi-link
    • Double-wishbone
    • 4-link
    • Multi-link
    • Drivetrain
    • FWD; AWD (A)
    • FWD; 4WD (A)
    • FWD; 4WD (A)
    • FWD
    • FWD; 4WD (A)
    • Steering
    • Electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion (I-4); Hydraulic power-assisted rack-and-pinion (V6)
    • Hydraulic power rack-and-pinion w/variable assist
    • Electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion
    • Electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion
    • Electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion
    • Brakes
    • 4-wheel disc w/ ABS
    • 4-wheel disc w/ ABS
    • 4-wheel disc w/ ABS
    • 4-wheel disc w/ ABS
    • 4-wheel disc w/ ABS
    • Wheels
    • 16" alloy
    • 17" steel
    • 16" steel; 17" steel (A); 17" alloy (A)
    • 17" alloy
    • 16" alloy
    • Tires
    • P235/65R16 all-season
    • P225/65R17 all-season
    • P215/70R16 all-season; P225/65R17 all-season (A)
    • P225/60R17 low rolling resistance
    • P235/70R16 all-season
    • Overall length (in.)
    • 180.1
    • 177.9
    • 181.1
    • 180.1
    • 174.7
    • Overall width (in.)
    • 72.8
    • 71.6
    • 71.5
    • 72.8
    • 71.1
    • Wheelbase (in.)
    • 106.6
    • 103.1
    • 104.7
    • 106.6
    • 103.1
    • Track, front/rear (in.)
    • 61.4/61.8
    • 61.6/61.6
    • 61.4/61.4
    • 61.4/61.8
    • 61.1/60.4
    • Power driver seat
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • A
    • S
    • Leather-appointed front seats
    • A
    • EX-L only
    • -
    • A
    • A
    • Heated front seats
    • A
    • EX-L only
    • Limited only
    • A
    • A
    • Flat-folding front passenger seat
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • Automatic climate control
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • S
    • S
    • Remote Keyless Entry
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Rain-sensing wipers
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • A
    • -
    • Heated washer fluid
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • A
    • -
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • A
    • EX-L only
    • -
    • A
    • A
    • Universal Home Remote
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • A
    • -
    • Power OSRV mirrors, manual folding
    • S
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • S
    • Satellite radio
    • S
    • EX-L only
    • -
    • S
    • A
    • CD/MP3 player
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • 6-disc CD changer
    • A
    • -
    • A
    • A
    • -
    • Navigation system
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • A (OnStar Turn-by-Turn)
    • A
    • Auxiliary input jack
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Max. cargo volume (cu. ft.)
    • 56.4
    • 72.9
    • 73.0
    • 56.4
    • 66.0
    • Max. seating capacity
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5; 7 (A)
    • 5
    • 5
    • Head room, front/rear (in.)
    • 40.2/39.3
    • 40.9/38.6
    • 40.8/39.7
    • 40.2/39.3
    • 40.4/39.2
    • Leg room, front/rear (in.)
    • 40.7/36.9
    • 41.3/38.5
    • 41.8/38.3
    • 40.7/36.9
    • 41.6/35.6
    • Shoulder room, front/rear (in.)
    • 56.0/55.9
    • 56.9/56.0
    • 57.1/55.3
    • 56.0/55.9
    • 56.6/55.9
    • Hip room, front/rear (in.)
    • 52.6/52.9
    • 55.9/54.6
    • 53.8/52.4
    • 52.6/52.9
    • 53.3/49.1
    • Bumper-to-bumper warranty
    • 3/36,000
    • 3/36,000
    • 3/36,000
    • 3/36,000
    • 3/36,000
    • Powertrain warranty
    • 5/100,000
    • 5/60,000
    • 5/60,000
    • 5/100,000
    • 5/60,000
    • Roadside assistance and courtesy transportation
    • 5/100,000
    • -
    • -
    • 5/100,000
    • 5/60,000
    • Corrosion warranty
    • 6/100,000
    • 5/unlimited
    • 5/unlimited
    • 6/100,000
    • 5/unlimited
    • Vehicle Exchange Program
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • Hybrid components warranty
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • 8/100,000
    • 8/100,000
    • OnStar
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • S
    • S
    • A
    • S
    • -
    • Front passenger sensing system
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Dual-stage frontal air bags
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Seat-mounted side-impact air bags
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Head-curtain side-impact air bags
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Stability control
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • -
    • Traction control
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • -
    • Tire Pressure Monitor
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Active head restraints
    • S
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • Pedal release system
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • S
    • -

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