2008 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid, Part Three

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Why you should buy the 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid: 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 want a hybrid but you won't pay MSRP.
Why you shouldn't buy this car: Spirited driving is something you enjoy. You've ever chanted "drill, baby, drill." You like the idea of cruising silently in a giant golf cart. Creature comforts and a smooth ride are more important to you than fuel efficiency.
Suitability Parameters: Speed Merchants: No Fashion Victims: No Treehuggers: Yes Mack Daddies: No Tuner Crowd: No Hairdressers: No Penny Pinchers: Yes Euro Snobs: No Working Stiffs: No Technogeeks: No Poseurs: No Soccer Moms: Yes Nascar Dads: No Golfing Grandparents: Yes Very Serious Businessmen: No Sheiklets: No Also Consider: • Ford Escape Hybrid • Toyota Prius • Non-hybrid Saturn Vue XE • Chevy Malibu Hybrid • A 1994 Geo Metro Vitals: • Manufacturer: Saturn • Model year: 2008 • Base Price: $24,170 • Price as Tested: $25,720 • Engine type: 2.4-liter inline four cylinder • Horsepower: 172 @ 6200 RPM • Torque: 167 @ 5100 RPM • Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic • Curb Weight: 3789 LB • LxWxH: 180.1" x 72.8" x 66.2 • Wheelbase: 106.6" • Tires: 225/60R-17 low-rolling-resistance • 0-60 mph: N/A • 1/4 mile: N/A • Top speed: N/A • EPA Fuel economy city/highway: 25/32 MPG • NHTSA crash test rating: Frontal: **** driver, *****passenger; Side: ***** f/r Also See:2008 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid, Part One2008 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid, Part Two

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ash78
Ash78, voting early and often

If this design were in a kitchen or bathroom, it would fail. Chrome window surrounds and grille work, but flat/polished wheels. Flat interior faux-metal bits, too. This is a clash, and I'm a straight guy with no decoration technique.

Also needs a lower ride height and ditch the fender vent, IMO. Great general design ruined by a bunch of weird touches.