2009 Volkswagen Tiguan S, Part Three

Why you should buy the 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan S: » 11/13/08 1:00pm 11/13/08 1:00pm Volkswagen has taken some flack for saying the Tiguan is like the GTI of crossover SUVs. It isn't. At best, it's the GTI of people who go antiquing on the weekend, don't drive particularly fast and live in a college town. If you don't want a wagon, won't drive a Ford…

2009 Saturn Vue 2 Mode Hybrid: First Drive

The 2009 Saturn Vue 2 Mode Hybrid » 10/23/08 2:30pm 10/23/08 2:30pm wasn’t designed for us. If we wanted a hybrid, we wouldn’t want it in the form of a small crossover SUV. But since we don’t actually want a hybrid, it’s probably a good thing that GM designed the Vue 2 Mode for people that do want one and want it to perform like a regular V6-equipped…

2008 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid, Part Three

Why you should buy the 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid: » 9/19/08 1:00pm 9/19/08 1:00pm You want a hybrid but you do more highway driving than city driving. You need more room than a Prius offers but you don't want to spend the money for an Escape Hybrid. You want an SUV that gets 32 MPG on the highway and you don't really care how it does it. You…

2008 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid, Part Two

Exterior Design: **** » 9/18/08 2:00pm 9/18/08 2:00pm It may still be a straightforward compact SUV, but thanks to the Opelization of Saturn, the looks far better than its predecessor — with a more refined, European styling direction than its competitors, particularly the block-like Ford Escape. The rubber fits the wheel wells, all the handles feel…

2008 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid, Part One

"That's a hybrid but you can't drive it on all-electric power?" No, you can't. And I got pretty good at explaining why not by the time the sixth person asked. The least enjoyable part of spending a week with the 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid » 9/17/08 1:30pm 9/17/08 1:30pm was telling inquisitive folks how it worked. And how it didn't work. GM…