2009 Saturn Vue

Overview

Introduced as a new model in 2008, the Saturn VUE has had an impressive start in the highly competitive crossover SUV segment specifically those that feature 5-passenger seating. The VUE offers a high level of style, excellent fuel economy and outstanding handling characteristics. For 2009, the VUE undergoes some minimal changes that keep the vehicle fresh as well as provide model differentiation and option packaging that allow even more appeal to the consumers in this segment. Two new models are introduced for 2009 the XR 4-cylinder and 2-mode Hybrid (available later in the model year).

Top Ten Features

  • 1. Head-turning style VUE’s appearance is one that inspires a second look. With a wide stance, low front and rear overhangs, smoothly flowing lines and radical side vents, VUE is sporty and distinctive.
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  • 2. Strong safety features All trim levels include 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, traction control, StabiliTrak with Roll- Over Mitigation, a Tire Pressure Monitor, frontal, seat-mounted and head-curtain side air bags, OnStar, Pedal Release System and a variety of structural features to help preserve the passenger compartment space.
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  • 3. Functionality With up to 56.4 cu. ft. of rear cargo space, VUE can easily haul the stuff that makes a lifestyle. A 60/40 split rear seatback folds down to provide extra space when needed, and a fold-flat front passenger seat offers even more cargo room.
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  • 4. Powertrain selection VUE is now offered in five models and five distinct powertrain options. With three conventional engines and two hybrid models, VUE provides a great selection of powertrains to suit any lifestyle.
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  • 5. Independent suspension VUE’s 4-wheel independent suspension and rigid body structure provides European driving characteristics that focus on smooth ride, responsive handling and steering feedback that provides control as well as excellent road feel.
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  • 6. Technologically advanced VUE provides an incredibly high level of standard and available features such as two hybrid powertrains, 6-speed automatic transmission, heated windshield washer nozzles, StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control and a rear backup camera.
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  • 7. Refined interior On the interior, premium materials, amber backlighting and just the right amount of chrome highlights give VUE an environment that’s intuitive, refined and comfortable.
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  • 8. Red Line The performance-oriented Red Line provides a lowered, sport-tuned suspension, front and rear performanceappearance fascias, 18" wheels with performance tires, a rear spoiler and specific interior styling cues.
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  • 9. Hybrid At the start of the model year, the current 4-cylinder Hybrid will be available. It boosts impressive fuel economy with 25 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. Later in the model year a V6-powered 2-mode Hybrid will be introduced to provide an even higher level of performance and capability.
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  • 10. Infotainment All VUEs include a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio with an auxiliary audio input jack. XM Radio with an initial 3-month subscription is also standard. A 6-disc, in-dash CD changer and a navigation radio are both available features. Another option is the Saturn Advanced Audio System, which provides 10 deluxe speakers, a 180-watt amplifier and an 8" subwoofer.
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Power & Handling

  • Ecotec 2.4L 4-cylinder engine Standard on XE FWD, XR 4-cylinder FWD and Hybrid. This engine features chaindriven camshafts for long-term durability and cam phasers for consistent output in all operating ranges. The Hybrid version saves fuel by engine shutoff at idle, fuel cutoff during deceleration and capturing electrical energy through regenerative braking. - XE FWD and XR 4-cylinder FWD: - 169 hp @ 6,200 rpm. - 161 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5,100 rpm. - Hybrid: - 172 hp @ 6,500 rpm. - 167 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,500 rpm.
  • 3.5L V6 SFI engine Available on VUE XE, this engine has a broad torque curve. This is a two valve per cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing to provide maximum power in all operating conditions. Engine-related noise is significantly reduced with features that include an equallength intake manifold and a structural aluminum oil pan. - 222 hp @ 5,900 rpm. - 219 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3,200 rpm.
  • 3.6L V6 SFI engine Standard on XR V6 and Red Line, this engine provides excellent performance as well as respectable fuel economy. Four valves per cylinder enhance the engine’s breathing for maximum efficiency. Four-cam phasing technology ensures consistent output across the engine’s operating range. A dual-stage variable high output aluminum intake manifold contributes to the engine’s outstanding balance of power, efficiency and low emissions. - XR V6 and Red Line: - 257 hp @ 6,500 rpm. - 248 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2,100 rpm. - 2-mode Hybrid: Coming early 2009.
  • 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 Standard on non-hybrid models with V6 engines. This 6-speed with its close ratio gearing provides exceptional power on takeoff because of the low first gear. Acceleration is smooth and seamless. Fuel economy is assisted greatly because of the direct drive (1:1) fifth gear and overdrive sixth gear. Other features of this transmission include: - Clutch-to-clutch operation: Provides smooth shifting and reduced complexity. - TAPshift: Standard on Red Line, this feature gives drivers full control of gear selection, allowing the transmission to be shifted like a clutchless manual transmission. - Auto-grade braking: Automatically shifts into a lower gear when braking on a downgrade to help preserve brake life.
  • Flat towable VUE has flat-towing capability regardless of FWD or AWD drivetrain configuration. This makes VUE ideal to tow behind an RV.
  • Towing Standard towing capacity is 1,500 lbs. for 4-cylinder and Hybrid (4-cylinder) models. The towing capacity for V6 models, except Red Line, is 3,500 lbs.
  • 4-wheel independent suspension Contributes to carlike ride, nimble handling and chassis characteristics comparable to a sport sedan.
  • MacPherson strut type front suspension Lightweight components, independent control of each front tire, and positive steering characteristics contribute to deliver outstanding ride and handling.
  • 4-link rear suspension Independent design with coil springs provides excellent ride and handling qualities. In terms of basic design, 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 This high-performance version of the VUE includes a sport-tuned suspension that results in a 1" lower ride height to help reduce body roll and increase cornering capability. This package also includes larger stabilizer bars and 18" alloy wheels with performance tires.
  • All-wheel drive Standard drivetrain layout is front-wheel drive. Available intelligent all-wheel drive system is fully electronic and requires no driver input. The system works by delivering a slight amount of torque to the rear wheels. The amount of torque delivered is based on vehicle 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, providing excellent performance especially on unstable surfaces.
  • Hydraulic-assist power steering Provides accurate control and excellent driver feedback. Variable-effort hydraulic power steering is standard on XE V6, XR V6, Red Line and 2-mode Hybrid.
  • Column Electric Power Steering (CEPS) Featured on the 4-cylinder versions of the XE, XR and Hybrid, this steering system uses an electric motor, rather than engine power, for the power steering system for enhanced fuel efficiency.
  • Brakes All trim levels feature large 4-wheel disc brakes with standard ABS for confident and controlled stopping ability. Added for 2009 is Panic Brake Assist, which provides additional stopping power in emergency braking situations.
  • StabiliTrak with Roll-Over Mitigation Stability control with traction control provides outstanding safety and control benefits by automatically helping the driver correct oversteer and understeer conditions to keep the vehicle traveling in the direction being steered. 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 and XR 4-cylinder: 16" wheels with P235/65R16 allseason tires. - XR V6 and Hybrid models: 17" wheels with P235/60R17 all-season tires (P225/60R17 all-season tires on Hybrids). - Red Line: 18" wheels with P235/55R18 performance tires.

Comfort And Convenience

  • Preferred Package (WPF) Includes 8-way power driver seat, driver lumbar, leather-wrapped steering wheel, outside heated power-adjustable mirrors, lighted visor vanity mirrors and single-zone automatic climate control. Standard on XR, Red Line and 2-mode Hybrid; available on XE (also included on XE are floormats and the flex net cargo system).
  • Convenience Package (WPG)Includes cloth heated driver and front passenger seats, heated windshield washer nozzles, Remote Vehicle Starter System and Universal Home Remote. Available on all trim levels except Hybrid. Bluetooth standard on XR models.
  • Premium Trim Package (PCQ) Includes leather-appointed seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob and heated driver and front passenger seats. Available on XE, XR and both Hybrid models. XE models also require the Preferred Package (WPF); Hybrids require Comfort and Convenience Package (WPC).
  • Comfort and Convenience Package (WPC) Includes 8-way power driver seat, driver lumbar, leather-wrapped steering wheel, outside heated power-adjustable mirrors, lighted visor vanity mirrors, heated windshield washer nozzles and Universal Home Remote. Available only on Hybrid (4-cylinder model).
  • Trailering Package (V92) Includes heavy duty engine cooling system, trailer hitch and trailer wire harness. Available on all trim levels except Red Line.
  • Chrome Package Includes chrome side vents, roof rails, and current front and rear fascia moldings. Coming later in the model year.
  • New exterior paint colors Include Quicksilver, Gold Mist, Aquamarine and Chili Pepper Red. Crystal Red Tintcoat available later in the model year.
  • Driver Information Center Updated for all 2009 models. Includes Tire Pressure Monitor, fuel economy range, instant fuel economy, oil life monitor, personalization options, compass, outside temperature and a list of warning messages.
  • Body-color, power outside mirrors Standard on all VUE trim levels. Heated mirrors are standard on XR, Red Line, and 2-mode Hybrid. Available on XE and Hybrid.
  • Heated front seats Three-level heated seats are standard on Red Line and available on all other trim levels in cloth or leather (Hybrid leather only).
  • Power seats An 8-way power driver seat with manual lumbar control is standard on XR, Red Line and 2-mode Hybrid; available on XE and Hybrid.
  • Leather-appointed seating surfaces Available on XE, XR and Hybrids. Red Line includes standard Black leatherappointed seating with suede fabric inserts.
  • Steering wheel Integrated controls for audio and cruise control standard and Bluetooth available. Leatherwrapped steering wheel standard on XR, Red Line and 2-mode Hybrid; available on XE and Hybrid.
  • Air conditioning Single-zone manual climate control is standard on XE. Single-zone automatic climate control is standard on XR, Red Line and Hybrids; available on XE.
  • Interior configurability A 60/40 split-folding rear seat, which includes a fold-down armrest with additional storage, and a fold-flat front passenger seat are standard.
  • Bluetooth for phone Allows hands-free operation of most Bluetooth-compatible cell phones. Available on XE and Hybrid; standard on XR, Red Line and 2-mode Hybrid.
  • Hybrids Hybrid contains unique equipment that includes a rear spoiler, hybrid instrumentation, an inflator kit instead of a spare tire and jack, a 2-mode air conditioning system, alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tires and Hybrid badging. 2-mode Hybrid equipment is being finalized.
  • Red Line With its impressive performance attributes, the Red Line features include: TAPshift, trapezoidal chrometipped dual exhaust outlets, performance appearance front and rear fascias, deluxe fog lamps, rear spoiler, stainless steel sill plates, Red Line embroidered black floormats, unique instrument cluster faceplate and leather-appointed seating with suede fabric inserts.
  • OnStar All VUE models come with one year of the Safe & Sound Plan. Visit onstar.com for more information.
  • 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.
  • Saturn Advanced Audio System Includes 10 deluxe speakers, 180-watt amplifier and 8" subwoofer. Available on all trim levels except Hybrid.
  • Voice-activated touch-screen navigation Requires Saturn Advanced Audio System. Available on XR, Red Line and 2-mode Hybrid.
  • XM Radio Standard on all models. Includes a 3-month trial at no additional cost.
  • XM NavTraffic Delivers regularly updated traffic information to VUE’s navigation display (if equipped).
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    • Engine
      Horsepower @ rpm
      Torque (lb.-ft.) @ rpm
    • 2.4L Ecotec I4, 169 @ 6,200, 161 @ 5,100
    • 2.4L DOHC i-VTEC I4, 166 @ 5,800, 161 @ 4,200
    • 2.4L DOHC I4 VVT-i, 166 @ 6,000, 165 @ 4,000
    • 2.4L Ecotec I4, Atkinson Cycle, 172 @ 6,500, 167 @ 4,500
    • 2.5L DOHC I4, 153 @ 6,000, 136 @ 4,500
    • Fuel economy, city/hwy (mpg)
    • 19/26 (2008)
    • 20/27 (2008)
    • 19/27 (2009)
    • 25/32 (2008)
    • 34/31 (2009)
    • Transmission
    • 4-speed auto.
    • 5-speed auto.
    • 4-speed auto.
    • 4-speed auto.
    • 6-speed auto.
    • Rear axle
    • Included w/ AWD (A)
    • Included w/ 4X4 (A)
    • Included w/ 4X4 (A)
    • -
    • Included w/ 4X4 (A)
    • Maximum towing (lbs.)
    • 1,500
    • 1,500
    • 1,500
    • 1,500
    • Not recommended
    • Front suspension
    • Independent MacPherson strut
    • Independent MacPherson strut
    • Independent MacPherson strut
    • Independent MacPherson strut
    • Independent MacPherson strut
    • Rear suspension
    • Independent 4-link w/ coil springs
    • Multi-link
    • Double-wishbone
    • Independent 4-link w/ coil springs
    • Multi-link
    • Drivetrain
    • FWD
    • FWD; 4WD (A)
    • FWD; Electronic On-Demand 4WD (A)
    • FWD
    • FWD; 4WD (A)
    • Steering
    • Electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion
    • Hydraulic power-assisted 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
    • 17" alloy
    • 17" alloy
    • 17" aluminum
    • 17" alloy
    • 17" aluminum
    • Tires
    • P235/60R17 all-season
    • P225/65R17 all-season
    • P225/65R17 all-season
    • P225/60R17 all-season, 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
    • 60.7/60.2
    • Power driver seat
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • A
    • S
    • Leather-appointed front seats
    • A
    • -
    • A
    • A
    • A
    • Heated front seats
    • A
    • -
    • A
    • A
    • A
    • Flat-folding front passenger seat
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • Automatic climate control
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Remote Keyless Entry
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Universal Home Remote
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • A
    • -
    • Driver Information Center
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • S
    • S
    • Overhead console
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • Center console
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • A
    • A
    • Steering wheel audio controls
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Auto-dimming ISRV mirror
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • A
    • Power, heated OSRV mirrors, manual folding
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • A
    • A
    • Power sunroof
    • A
    • S
    • A
    • A
    • A
    • Satellite radio
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • S
    • A
    • 6-disc, in-dash CD changer
    • A
    • S
    • S
    • A
    • A
    • Hands-free telephone
    • S
    • -
    • A
    • A
    • S
    • Max. cargo volume (cu. ft.)
    • 56.4
    • 72.9
    • 73.0
    • 56.4
    • 66.1
    • 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.)
    • 56.1/55.9
    • 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
    • -
    • Corrosion warranty
    • 6/100,000
    • 5/unlimited
    • 5/unlimited
    • 6/100,000
    • 5/unlimited
    • Vehicle Exchange Program
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • Hybrid components warranty
    • N/A
    • N/A
    • N/A
    • 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
    • S
    • Traction control
    • S
    • 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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