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Bankrate's 2008 Car Guide
Going green
Saving cash while saving the planet is great but is it cost-effective and the right move for you?
Green is beautiful
Number of hybrid choices soar


More hybrid choices
Cadillac Escalade Lexus RX 400h
Chevrolet Malibu Mazda Tribute
Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra Nissan Altima
Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon Saturn Aura
Chrysler Aspen/Dodge Durango Saturn Vue/ Vue 2 Mode Hybrid
Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner Toyota Camry
Honda Civic Toyota Highlander
Lexus GS 450h Toyota Prius
Lexus LS 600h L
Saturn Vue/ Vue 2 Mode Hybrid

By this time next year, Saturn will be selling two different hybrid crossover SUVs using the name Vue, with the Vue 2 Mode Hybrid debuting early in 2009.

The Vue, which is on the showroom floor now, offers a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine. It uses a similar hybrid technology to the Aura and squeezes 25 miles per gallon in the city and 32 miles per gallon on the highway.

The Vue 2 Mode uses a more powerful hybrid system, and will pack a 3.6-liter, six-cylinder engine under the hood and a much more robust 300-volt electric motor. The EPA efficiency estimates are still forthcoming, but because they are based on a platform similar to other full-size General Motors SUVs, analysts are hoping they will offer a much more robust fuel savings.

Both Vue models can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

-- Posted: Aug. 4, 2008
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