Saturn Vue

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Saturn Vue
2008 Saturn Vue XE.jpg
ManufacturerSaturn Corporation (2002-2007)
Opel (General Motors) (2008-2010)
Model years2002–2010
Body and chassis
ClassCompact SUV
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutTransverse front-engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
RelatedPontiac Torrent Chevrolet Equinox
PredecessorIsuzu Rodeo (Canada)
Geo/Chevrolet Tracker
SuccessorChevrolet Captiva Sport

The Saturn Vue is a compact SUV that was sold and built by Saturn, and it was Saturn's best-selling model. It was the first vehicle to use the GM Theta platform when it was introduced in 2001 for the 2002 model year. The Vue was later facelifted for the 2006 model year. A second generation model was launched in 2007 for the 2008 model year as a rebadged Opel Antara. The Vue production in North America ended as GM wound down the Saturn brand during its 2009 reorganization.

First generation (2002–2007)[edit]

First generation
Saturn VUE 1234 (cropped).JPG
Model years2002–2007
AssemblySpring Hill, Tennessee, United States (Spring Hill Manufacturing)
Body and chassis
ClassCompact SUV
Body style5-door SUV
PlatformGM Theta platform
Wheelbase106.6 in (2,708 mm)
Length181.3 in (4,605 mm)
Width71.5 in (1,816 mm)
Hybrid: 71.6 in (1,819 mm)
Height66.5 in (1,689 mm)
Hybrid: 66.3 in (1,684 mm)

The Vue was introduced for the 2002 model year and was designed by Saturn. It was manufactured at the Spring Hill GM plant. Its unibody platform is shared with the Chevrolet Equinox, Pontiac Torrent and the European Opel Antara. The first generation ran from model year 2002–2007.

The Vue was offered in either 4 or V6 trim levels, with either a four-cylinder (I4) or V6 gasoline engine, and either a manual or automatic transmission. A sportier Red Line trim was added starting with the 2005 model year. A Green Line (Hybrid Electric Vehicle) was added for the final model year of the first-generation Vue (2007). Front Wheel Drive (FWD) and All Wheel Drive (AWD) were offered.

2003 Saturn Vue rear

Four-cylinder Vues use the Ecotec I4. The L81 V6 from the L-Series and five-speed Aisin AF33 automatic transmission were initially offered, but starting in 2004, all six-cylinder Vues were equipped with Honda's 250-horsepower (190 kW) J35A3 engine and a Honda transmission. The four-cylinder Vue was available with the VTi continuously variable transmission (CVT) until GM canceled it for 2005 due to dependability issues.

The Vue received a facelift for the 2006 model year. Upgrades included a redesigned interior with higher-quality materials, a new bumper and grille, and some minor cosmetic pieces to the exterior. OnStar is now standard as well as cruise control and automatic headlights. However, GM badges were not added to the side of the vehicle until GM took over production from Saturn for the second generation Vue.

Model year changes[edit]

In 2003:

  • The FWD V6 configuration was offered part-way through the model year. This included the L81 V6 mated to the Aisin AF33 5 speed automatic transmission.

In 2004:

  • The Vue Red Line was released
  • V6 models received Honda's J35S1 engine and Honda transmission. This 3.5 liter engine and 5 speed transmission boosted performance over the prior V-6. It was an important selling point at the time. This V-6 engine was used in the Saturn Vue 2004 to 2007 model years.

In 2005:

  • For the FWD 4 configuration, the GM 4-speed automatic transmission arrived in 2005, and the CVT was dropped. The AWD 4 configuration with the CVT was sold for the 2005 model year until existing stock was depleted, and was then discontinued.
  • Exterior color Storm Grey, Pacific Blue & Dragonfly green added. Electric Blue, Electric Lime & Rainforest green are discontinued[1].

In 2006:

  • Facelift with redesigned interior including a new center console, center stack & upgraded interior trim. New radio was well received with features like aux in & satellite radio. New front & rear fascias[2].
  • Fusion Orange exterior color added

In 2007:

  • Green Line model added
  • Fusion Orange exterior color dropped; "Deep Blue" exterior color replaces "Pacific Blue".

Red Line[edit]

2004–2005 Saturn Vue Red Line

Saturn introduced a special high-performance line of vehicles in 2004 under the name, "Red Line". The Vue Red Line includes the same 250 hp (186 kW) Honda J35A3 V6 as the regular model, but with sportier suspension tuning, lowered 1 inch, and unique power steering calibration for performance, 18 in alloy wheels, ground-effect front and rear bumpers, unique rocker panel trim, chrome exhaust tip, special black leather and suede seats (optional for 2005, standard for 2006 and 2007), footwell lighting (included with leather and suede seats package, not available with optional full-leather (heated front) seats), and a special gauge cluster complete the visual updates. It also includes some special interior features as well, such as a higher quality audio system.[3]

Green Line[edit]

Saturn Vue Green Line
Saturn Vue Green Line rear

The high-performance Vue Red Line was joined for 2007 by an environmentally oriented Green Line model. The Vue is a mild hybrid, or "assist hybrid", using what GM calls a "belt alternator starter" BAS Hybrid system.[4] A large electric motor is connected to the crankshaft via a special accessory drive belt, with a modified automatic transmission fitted.

It automatically stops the engine when the vehicle comes to a halt and instantly restarts it when the vehicle must move again. Not to be confused as just a "start-stop" system, the electric motor also assists somewhat during initial launch, during torque smoothing and when under heavy acceleration. A 36-volt nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery pack, located under the load floor, powers the motor/generator unit and also stores regenerative braking energy. The regenerative charging and electric motor assist functions are shown to the driver via an analog gauge on the dash board, and real-time fuel-economy feedback is accomplished via an "eco" light that glows when the instantaneous fuel economy is beating the window sticker fuel economy values.

The fuel savings are 20 percent up from the base vehicle's 22 mpg‑US (11 L/100 km)/27 mpg‑US (8.7 L/100 km) city/highway EPA sticker to 27 mpg‑US (8.7 L/100 km)/32 mpg‑US (7.4 L/100 km), the highest highway fuel economy of any 2007 model SUV sold in the US market.[5] In Canada, according to Saturn, the Vue gets an estimated 8.8 L/100 km (32 mpg‑imp; 27 mpg‑US) city and 6.7 L/100 km (42 mpg‑imp; 35 mpg‑US) highway.[6]

The Green Line has a 170 hp (127 kW) 2.4-liter Ecotec DOHC-phaser engine which replaces the standard 144-horsepower (107 kW) 2.2-liter inline-four engine, resulting in the improvement of 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) acceleration time by 1.0 second. Pricing for the hybrid is about US$2,000 more than a similarly equipped Vue, and debuted in production form on January 8, 2006 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Green Line went on sale in the third quarter of 2006.


Years Engine Power Torque
2002–2007 2.2 L Ecotec L61 I4 143 hp (107 kW) 152 lb·ft (206 N·m)
2002–2003 3.0 L L81 54-Degree V6 181 hp (135 kW) 195 lb·ft (264 N·m)
2004–2007 3.5 L GM L66 (J35S1) V6 250 hp (186 kW) 242 lb·ft (328 N·m)
2007-2010 2.4 L Ecotec LE5 I4 170 hp (127 kW) 163 lb·ft (220 N·m)
2008-2010 3.6 L LY7 V6 257 hp (192 kW) 248 lb·ft (336 N·m)

Transmissions (First Generation)[edit]

Years Transmission Type Configuration RPO Code
2002-2007 5-Speed Getrag F23 Manual FWD MG3
2002-2003 5-Speed Aisin AF33 Automatic FWD/AWD M09 (FWD 6), M45 (AWD 6)
2002-2005 VTi VT25-E CVT Automatic FWD/AWD M75 (FWD 4), M16 (AWD 4)
2005-2007 4-Speed GM 4T45-E Automatic FWD MN5
2005-2007 5-Speed Honda H5 Automatic FWD/AWD MJ7 (FWD 6), MJ8 (AWD 6)


In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests the Vue receives a Good overall rating in the frontal offset crash test. In 2008 models came equipped with standard front and rear head side curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags. These models were given an acceptable overall rating in side impacts. Models without side airbags were given an overall poor rating.[7]

Second generation (2008–2010)[edit]

Second generation
2nd Saturn Vue -- 08-28-2009.jpg
ManufacturerOpel (General Motors)
Also calledOpel Antara
Vauxhall Antara
Holden Captiva 5
GMC Terrain (Middle East)
Daewoo Winstorm MaXX
Chevrolet Captiva Sport
Model years2008–2010
AssemblyRamos Arizpe, Mexico
Body and chassis
ClassCompact SUV
Body style5-door SUV
PlatformGM Theta platform
RelatedChevrolet Captiva Sport
Saturn Vue rear

Saturn introduced the second generation Vue in 2007 for the 2008 model year, manufactured in Mexico as a rebranded version of the German-designed Opel Antara. Saturn offered four trim levels: base "XE", classier, up-level "XR", top of the line sporty "Red Line" and a "Green Line" hybrid trim. Available engines include a 2.4L inline 4 cylinder, as well as 3.5L and a 3.6L V6 options. A hybrid powertrain version of the 2.4-liter model was also available. GM badges were now added to the front doors. The Mexican-manufactured Vue was also retailed in Mexico and South America as the Chevrolet Captiva Sport, with only badges changed and a new grille insert fitted.

Following the demise of the Saturn brand in 2009 for the 2010 model year, the Vue was discontinued.[8] However, GM continued to produce the Chevrolet Captiva Sport, for the Mexican and South American markets. The Chevrolet Captiva Sport was introduced for the US commercial and fleet markets in late 2011 for the 2012 model year.[9]


Calendar Year United States
2001[10] 393
2002 75,478
2003 81,924
2004[11] 86,957
2005 91,972
2006[12] 88,581
2007 81,676
2008[13] 84,767
2009[14] 28,429


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