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#25 of 33 fat vue
Jun 09, 2007 (11:55 am)
I'm reading good reviews for the new Vue but they seem to overlook one thing... it's horribly fat and gets poor gas mileage. Yes, 16/22 are the new lower figures but that's still unacceptable. The 08 Vue is classed as a compact and the AWD weighs 4300lbs! I read an early report last year that the new Vue weighed over 4000lbs and I couldn't believe it. Now sadly, I know it's true.
The larger 2.4 4cyl was a good idea but that's not enough when the new model weighs 500lbs more! With gas at $3gal, mileage is important. Saturn missed the boat on this one. And I do mean Boat.
#26 of 33 Re: fat vue [twain]
Jun 19, 2007 (8:24 pm)
I don't know whar GM's problem is but to come out with a new vehicle that gets city mileage of 16 mpg is ridiculous at a time when gas is $3+/gal. I saw one today and it is a very good looking vehicle, exactly what I would want, but no way would I consider it with that kind of gas mileage. Even the 4 cylinder is bad and I'm sure with the weight that it would be a struggle with the 4. I guess now I will look at the Mini Cooper, Nissan Rogue or Infiniti EX.
#27 of 33 Re: Gauges? [spaceman210]
Jun 30, 2007 (5:05 pm)
Oh my, can you say OVERPRICED. I went to a local Saturn dealer here in Dayton, OH after reading about the engine/tranny combo offered on the new 2008 Vue. Sales person was nice but oblivious. Sales manager was driving a demo for over a month so i asked him about the coolant temp gage and he was clueless, too. I guess that GM/Saturn thinks that most consumers don't care about engine temp so it wasn't a big deal not to include the absolutely mandatory coolant temp gage in this $25k vehicle. What kind of douchebags do they have in marketing at GM these days?
#28 of 33 Fuel economy
Jul 09, 2007 (10:03 am)
While I was seriously interested until I saw the economy numbers - they are poor for a 3.6 AWD. It's not just the price of fuel, it also comes down to range. There will be lots of visits to the fuel pumps for this baby. I may as well purchase a full size SUV.
Jul 25, 2007 (9:27 pm)
I checked out the 2008 Vue at the dealer as they just arrived in the past day or so. They had quite a variety in stock already and had sold four already.
The finish, features, and overall design are quite an attractive package. No doubt it will sell fairly well. However, there were some "fatal" flaws that would keep me from buying this vehicle:
1) The gauge fonts were very tiny and would be distracting;
2) The steering wheel was too close to the dash and needed to move back about six inches toward the driver. Otherwise, my knees would have to be against the dash to reach the steering wheel;
3) A ridiculously wide center console that interferes with side leg room. While all the rage, these stupid wide consoles hog space where the driver's right leg should be. Additionally, it requires a bit of contorting to reach the gas pedal. Same issue on the Subaru Tribeca. These consoles look good, but eat up too much leg room side to side.
4) Absolutely cramped back seat. Unbelievable how in a vehicle with this much overall interior space, they couldn't scoot the rear seat back another six inches for adequate leg room. And I drive a Hyundai Tucson, which is a smaller vehicle, but has significantly more rear leg room. Note their printed brochure does not state the leg room specs. That is probably deliberate since it seems to be significantly less than even the Honda CRV, Rav 4, or Hyundai Tucson.
5) The driver's seat was about three or four inches too high. Great for short people; but taller people are forced too high which results in the rear view mirror obscuring the view out the windshield.
Greate effort, and great success on the quality, but those passenger fit issues are a deal breaker.
Jul 25, 2007 (9:32 pm)
And what's with the pathetic fuel ratings for the V6 AWD? 15 mpg in the city, not to mention the reduced fuel tank size of 16.7 gallons. That won't get you 250 miles out of one tank. This is worse mileage than other comparable, and at least as capable, vehicles such as the new Hyundai Santa Fe. Ouch.
Nov 25, 2007 (12:21 pm)
I agree with the comments about weight and petrol consume. Turning circle is also a problem. Does the VUE have HID/Xenon as an option?
#32 of 33 Fuel Economy
Nov 26, 2007 (9:03 am)
And what's with the pathetic fuel ratings for the V6 AWD?
Have no idea ... our 2008 VUE XR AWD has returned 19-20 in normal driving and almost 24 MPG on a 1000 mile highway trip.
Yes, the tank is small in size -- we're lucky to get 275 miles to a tank of gas, but every time we've filled it, it's only taken 12-13 gallons.
#33 of 33 Re: Fuel Economy [michaell]
Feb 01, 2008 (11:02 am)
Yes fuel economy is in line with the class. If you will notice the ridiculous Rav 4 fuel economy numbers Toyota put forward have been revised this year somewhere near reality. They used to claim the thing would get over 30mpg which was an outright lie.
They now claim its numbers to be 19/26. Which is still overinflated.
My folks have a Lexus Es350 which has the same motor in it and in what I consider normal driving, 4 lane roads with the occassional traffic light the thing doesnt even hit 20mpg.
A Vue 3.6l would be very close to the Rav 4 3.5l in overal mpg.