The 2007 Saturn VUE Green Line is the first General Motors vehicle to utilize their new Belt Alternator Starter (BAS) hybrid system. Not as effective a configuration as a full hybrid system, the VUE Green Line is considered a mild hybrid or a "start-stop" hybrid achieving a respectable 20% gain in fuel economy. A sophisticated system controls a motor/generator mated to the specially tuned 2.4 liter Ecotec inline-4 cylinder engine to stop the conventional powerplant in idle or deceleration as well as offer added torque in certain situations.
This is General Motors second measured step into the hybrid market, the first being the 2006 nationwide release of the Sierra/Silverados which were fitted with similar mild hybrid systems. Future General Motors vehicles will be more aggressive towards fuel consumption reduction, using an improved two-mode hybrid system in the Tahoe/Yukon line.
See WikiCars' comprehensive Saturn VUE Green Line Review.
The VUE model line is largely a carry over except for the addition of the Green Line and some extra standard equipment. Last years 2006 model underwent many exterior styling changes plus interior refinements along with more standard power equipment and stereo options.
Styles and Major Options
The Saturn VUE Green Line is only available in a 4-door FWD configuration.
Additional options include:
- CD/MP3 stereo or 6-Disc CD/MP3
- Rear seat DVD entertainment package
- Safety and comfort package with extra airbags, satellite radio and extra seat equipment
- Leather interior package
- Power sunroof
The U.S. Federal Income Tax Credit is $1,950 for models purchased prior to December 31, 2010.
The EPA mileage figures for the VUE Green Line are 27 mpg city/32 mpg highway, the best highway mileage of any SUV.
- BAS - Belt Alternator Starter draws a line short of a full hybrid system
- Least expensive hybrid SUV on the market today
- Best highway fuel mileage rating for any SUV
Kelley Blue Book offers a range of resale value information, with mileage and equipment levels factored in.
- Still falls short of competitors full hybrid systems which are more effective at reducing fuel consumption
- Some see these type of quasi-hybrid vehicles more beneficial to public relations then the environment
- 2.4-liter Ecotec DOHC inline-4 cylinder
- 170 HP @ 6600 rpm, 162 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
- Estimated fuel economy of 27 mpg city/32 mpg highway
- Nickel Metal Hydride Ni-MH battery pack
- Hydra-Matic 4-speed automatic transmission
- All speed traction control
- 16-in aluminum wheels shod with low rolling resistance tires
- 3474 lb curb weight
- 1500 lb trailer towing capacity