Vue has always offered a wide range of powertrain choices, allowing customers to select the driving dynamics that fit their personal needs and style without sacrificing power, performance or efficiency.
The Vue’s interior was reworked in 2006 to be more refined and functional, with a thoughtful, attractive design and a clean, contemporary look. The interior includes a number of Vue’s popular, clutter-fighting storage solutions, such as a rear cargo organizer that flips up to hold grocery bags, and side storage bins that can hold a gallon of milk, water bottles or other cargo.
The cabin balances style, space and versatility in a spacious yet efficient package with room for five people plus 30.8 cubic feet (872 L) of cargo space. With the 70/30 split second-row seat folded flat, cargo area volume increases to 63.8 cubic feet (1,807 L). The front passenger seatback also folds flat to help transport long items such as bed rails or an 8-foot ladder.
The Power Package is standard on all Vue models and includes cruise control; power windows, door locks and mirrors; remote keyless entry and the Saturn Security System. The standard auto-dimming inside rearview mirror includes a compass and outside temperature display.
The Vue sound systems feature an upscale appearance with flush design and chrome accents. It includes an input jack that accommodates portable MP3 units and other electronics, and a new digital signal processor provides improved sound quality.
Saturn’s unique polymer body-side panels provide a rugged and dent-resistant body that can help boost resale value by helping to prevent annoying and expensive-to-repair parking lot dings.
A new exterior color for 2007 is Deep Blue, replacing Pacific Blue.
Entertaining all the options
Personalized entertainment is important to Vue owners. Beyond the upgraded, standard AM/FM stereo with CD player and auxiliary input jack, options include a DVD rear-seat entertainment system. Back-seat passengers can view a DVD on a fold-down, 7-inch (178-mm) LCD screen. The system includes remote control and dual wireless headphones, so rear passengers can listen to CDs or watch a movie while front-seat passengers can listen either to the DVD program or to the car’s stereo system .
Three optional audio systems include MP3 readability: CD with MP3, six-CD changer with MP3, and a CD/DVD with MP3.
Also available is XM Satellite Radio (continental U.S. only). XM Satellite Radio provides more than 120 coast-to-coast, digital-quality channels of original commercial-free music and premier news, sports and talk as well as advanced traffic and weather information for select major metropolitan areas nationwide. Consumers can subscribe to the basic service for $12.99 a month. In addition, GM customers with GMAC financing can choose to include the XM subscription in their car payments.
Plenty of powertrain choices
Vue offers an advanced 3.5L V-6 engine that delivers 248 horsepower (185 kW)* and 242 lb.-ft. of torque (328 Nm). The engine’s variable-valve timing helps enhance high-end power, low-end torque and fuel economy. That performance is complemented by an EPA fuel economy rating of 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
The Vue’s powerful V-6 provides an estimated 0-60 mph time of approximately 7.5 seconds.The V-6 is mated to a five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with grade logic control, which helps eliminate hunting between gears – a feature especially beneficial on hilly roads.
The base engine is the Ecotec 2.2L inline four-cylinder. This 16-valve, 143-horsepower (106 kW) engine is notable for its combination of performance, efficiency, low maintenance and smooth operation with technology familiar in premium engines, including hydraulic roller finger followers valve operation and electronic “drive-by-wire” throttle.
The standard transmission for the four-cylinder, front-wheel drive Vue is a five-speed manual that delivers excellent smoothness and durability. The manual transmission includes a synchronized reverse gear, allowing the Vue to shift into reverse without grinding if the driver shifts before the car is fully stopped.
The Hydra-Matic 4T45 four-speed automatic transaxle is offered as an option with the four-cylinder, front-wheel drive Vue. This transmission is known for its reliability, smoothness and efficiency and with the Ecotec 2.2L inline four-cylinder engine is expected to deliver 22mpg in city driving and 27mpg on the highway.
The Vue is equipped with an advanced electric power steering system for precise steering at lower speeds and confident feel on the highway. Four-wheel independent suspension is a key to Vue’s controlled ride and responsive handling on a wide range of surfaces.
Known for high safety standards
Like all Saturns, Vue has a reputation for high safety standards, earning top five-star government crash test ratings for front and back seat occupants in both frontal and side impacts.
The Vue starts with a structure designed to help absorb the energy of a crash while protecting the integrity of the passenger compartment. Standard, frontal dual-stage air bags for both driver and front passenger are designed to help reduce the risk of air bag-induced injury. The Vue also has pretensioners in the front safety belt system that engage at the same time as the frontal air bags to take up slack in the safety belt webbing.
Another notable safety feature is an available head-curtain air bag system, which helps protect both front- and rear-seat passengers in a side-impact collision.
Vue is equipped with GM’s Passenger Sensing System ( PSS), which uses the latest sensing technology to turn the front passenger air bag on or off. If the sensor system detects an unoccupied front passenger seat or the presence of a smaller occupant, the front passenger air bag is designed to automatically turn off so it would not deploy in the event of a frontal collision. A status indicator on the instrument panel alerts occupants that the passenger air bag is on or off. Even with this system, GM strongly recommends restraining child passengers in an appropriate child seat placed in the second or third row of the vehicle. Never install a rear-facing infant seat in front of an active air bag. GM also recommends that all children 12 and under ride in the rear seat when possible.
The Vue features OnStar dual-mode (analog-digital) equipment. For more information on OnStar, see the OnStar overview in the corporate book.