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Saturn Vue Green Line
Saturn Vue Green Line
Hybrid value rank: 5
Time to recoup premium in fuel savings alone: 5.8 years

Typical cost: $24,170

Compared to: Vue 4-cylinder

Hybrid premium: $1,774 (Based on Edmunds.com True Market Value and $1,575 expected tax credit.)

Overall mpg vs. non-hybrid: 30.3 vs. 25.3

Annual fuel savings: $303 (98 gallons)

The updated Saturn Vue Green Line looks nicer and drives nicer than the 2007 model year version. It has the same low cost "belt alternator" hybrid system as the Saturn Aura and Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid. In this case the price difference between the non-hybrid Vue and the hybrid version means, in part because of a much smaller federal tax credit, substantial added cost for those getting the hybrid Vue.

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