I recently purchased a 2006 Saturn VUE, V6 AWD model. This vehicle handles very well in the snow and ice. I drove 1200 miles total through snow, sleet, freezing rain, and heavy downpours between OH, WV and MD. The car performed excellently and was great on gas. The instrument panel is not cluttered; the buttons are large and well marked. That's one of the things I was looking for. Other reviews complain about the wind noise at over 50 mph. Yes, there is wind noise but the chassis noise is way more unsettling. Luckily, you only hear it when you drive over a really bad patch of road. Overall, the Vue is very comfortable, spacious and handles like a car. I feel like I made a very good investment.
I was actually looking for a Vue at least one year newer, but this one had such low mileage and so many perks that I couldn't pass it up. The bigger V6 3.5 engine gives it a lot of pick up and vroom, but this definitely handles like a sporty car - very quick reaction turns, etc. Sunroof fabric showed slight water stains which weren't there when we got it a couple of months ago, but I'm not sure if it was because the window wasn't shut all the way when I gave it a good wash and wax. If there is any disappointment that I have right now it would be the mileage. It was stated at 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, but so far city driving has me at around 18 mpg. I haven't done a long highway test, but that is coming up soon when the kids are out of school. It is a far cry, though, from the 13-14mpg I was getting from our previous Ford Windstar. That I filled up each week. The VUE lasts about 1-1/2 to 2 weeks before I need to fill up. The ride has been smooth, and the kids and wife have remarked how roomy the backseat is with plenty of legroom. Although I lost cargo space in the back compared to the minivan, I know have the ability to get the Saturn cargo container, which fits into the roof rack. All in all, we're having fun with it with no major disappointments.
Performs like a truck, rides like a car. Not one maintence problem since I bought it new. Noisy ride at high speed. But performance never let me down. Under any conditions, you can count on this car. I was hurt when GM dropped Saturn. This car has earned my loyalty. Honda engine made the sale for me. No regrets.