2006 Saturn VUE from North America
Awesome... who would believe GM could build a car like this..
What a car... it is one of those cars you never hear about, probably because it is subdivision of GM (should get a divorce). They built a car.. er SUV that rocks. I am thrilled.
Get the base model, as it has everything you need (cruise control, air, good sound system). The driver seat has 6-way manual adjustment (as I am the only driver - set it once and forget about it). Audio controls and cruise on steering wheel.
Not a fan of On-Star (Big Brother paranoia), but they upped the ante and incorporated a 3 watt mobile phone!!! Awesome. I paid $20 for 100 minutes, valid for one year (plus extra 30 min free). Total handsfree, except to start call - press telephone button on mirror, say number, and it calls... press button to hang up. Sooo coool.
The thing has three aux power outlets all over, cup holders all over, ergonomically designed (for the armrest, audio controls, turn signals... all easy).
I bought the 4 cylinder, and it has spunk, plus it gets 40mpg hwy (cdn units)!!! Soaks up bumps, quiet, agile...don't know what to say, except check out Saturn if your looking for an SUV in this price range.
Geez, I sound like a booster for the thing, but you won't be disappointed, even if buy something else... worth a look. The car editors who rate this in the '7's are crazy. I test drove most SUV's in this price range, and the Saturn smoked them. Hyundai felt like a small toy, Ford like a truck, KIA (see Hyundai), Pontiac plastic, x-trail and Honda too pricey for what you get...OK, I'll stop now.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th June, 2006