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.
The car lacks comfort; the cabin is tight and the seats are extremely uncomfortable; the driver's side floor is not flat. The V6 does not get near the gas milage represented.se. The front wheel drive over torques resulting in a hard right pull (which can cuase considerable loss of control) on hard acceleration from a stop. However, my wife tells me that she is comfortable and the car was designed to accommodate a woman.
I have been pleasantly surprised by the Vue. Although it is not a large vehicle, it often feels like one due to the loose suspension; however, as a former Impala owner, I appreciate a supple suspension. The Honda designed engine provides plenty of juice for getting up to highway speeds in a hurry and passing with ease. There are creaks and rattles, but I think this is a malady shared by all Saturns because of the polycarbonate body panels. The vehicle did not come with a roof rack, but I was able to install one from Amazon.com with relative ease. Although I try to car pool as often as possible (because the in town mileage is somewhat poor; though the highway mileage is fantastic), when no one else is in the car, the lay-flat back seats and front passenger seat are incredibly useful for hauling many or large items. It has helped me immensely in my move from my apartment to my new condo. Overall, it beats out the comparable vehicles from GMC and Chevy, which are made in the same plant, because of the Saturn's V6 engine and dent-resistant body panels. It also beats out the Ford competition (Escape) for the same reason. The only small SUV that I would consider to be superior to the Vue V6 is the Rav4 V6, but the price differential is substantial.