Say hello to perhaps the most environmentally friendly SUV on the market today. The 2009 Saturn Vue is the latest in General Motors line-up of hybrid vehicles, and boasts the finest efficiency ratings yet.
Thanks to a 2 mode hybrid drive, and a few V6 engine optimization tricks, the Saturn Vue can now boast to be GM’s Advanced Hybrid Technology [which] Delivers Up To 50-Percent Fuel Economy Increase With No Compromises in Performance, Capability.î
The no-compromise performance is thanks to the Saturn also packing the same V6 engine as its previous versions. The 3.6-liter V6 produces 255 hp, but can be shut off at a moment’s notice, allowing the hybrid engine to drive the SUV all by itself for up to 10 miles. This potentially turn city commutes into zero emission journeys.
Drivers who may fear that the Saturn’s green streak will reduce its utility or safety specifications need not be concerned. The 2009 Saturn will haul a maximum load of 3500 lb, and it just as capable in off road and treacherous conditions as it ever was.
The 2009 Saturn Vue shows a brave new business plan for the manufacturer, and it’s certain to win the hearts of a few city commuters who value the size and security of an SUV but dislike their traditionally fuel guzzling tendencies.