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Saturn Vue (2002–7)

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Saturn Vue. 2002–7 (prod. n/a). 5-door SUV. F/F, F/A, 2189 cm³ petrol, 2384 cm³ petrol–electric hybrid (I4 DOHC), 2962 cm³ (V6 DOHC), 3471 cm³ (V6 OHC). Odd-looking SUV on the GM Theta platform shared with Chevrolet Equinox (2005–9), Pontiac Torrent and Opel Antara. CVT from 2002 to 2005 inclusive, fitted to insipid 2·2, but it proved unreliable; replaced by five-speed automatic. Plastic body panels, and less than stellar build quality. Three-litre V6 to 2004; 3·5 250 hp engine from Honda (the best engine of the lot) from 2005 along with optional four-wheel drive. Uninspiring at the start with uncommunicative steering and average handling, till Saturn began offering Red Line performance models (with the Honda engine) and the eco-friendly Green Line hybrids. Interior never that great till a 2006 revamp, when quality went up.

Manufacturing location: Spring Hill, Tennessee, USA

Marque: Saturn | Model: Saturn Vue | Predecessors: Isuzu MU (UE), Isuzu Wizard (UE) | Successor: Opel Antara

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