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Saturn Vue Real World MPG



  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    It's been in the low to mid 90's here in Columbus, GA and with the A/C running in city driving, my mileage went from about 23.5 mpg down to 21.6 mpg on the last fill up today. Oh well, a small price to pay to be comfortable!
  • martianmartian Posts: 220
    I have a 2003 VUE (manual 5 speed, 4 cylinder). My city mileage is low (about 22 MPG), because my commute involves 19 stoplights. On the highway, I do much better-if I drive 60 MPH, I can get over 32 MPG. I actually think the engine is geared too low-I think the overdrive gear should allow 2000 RPM at 60, whereas the engine turns over 3000 RPM. Overall, I am satisfied, although I would prefer leather seats (will be putting them in).
  • sparky20sparky20 Posts: 8
    Well folks, I took a long highway trip last weekend and got 28mpg on about 500 miles of driving. Could one possibly buy a better SUV than the V6 Vue? I just can't imagine it. The power on this vehicle is incredible and the gas mileage is incredible. This SUV defies logic.

    Getting a Honda V6 and the polymer non rust body panels is the best of all worlds. This is the best vehicle I have ever owned.
  • I am happy to report that I am now getting great mileage with my 06 V6 Vue. I bought it slightly used with 3000 miles and took it to the dealership to complain about the mileage. They explained to me that the engine had to have at least 5000 miles to get broken in and get the true mileage. We just returned from a 3800 mile vacation and I closely watched the MPG. It did do 28-29 MPG highway driving at the speed limit. I took it up steep mountain trails and down steep roads and it preformed very well. Overall on the trip we averaged 25-28 MPG with Mountain driving and stopping and going through small towns. I am now home and getting 24 MPG city with 7000 miles on the engine. I am happy with the MPG now that the engine is "Broke in."
  • ocmike3ocmike3 Posts: 232
    I think I would agree with your dealership. I haven't been able to take any long hwy trips yet(will be doing a long one in August), but I noticed my daily commute mileage keeps inching up each week. I've got just over 2800 miles on it. The in last 3 weeks we had some pretty hot weather and I've been running the AC a lot. With the AC on most of time, my mileage has risen to 21.6 mpg for my weekly cycle.(mixed, mostly city & backroads)
  • wd181wd181 Posts: 2
    After reading all of the posts, I feel a little better. The vehicle has 32,000 on it; the best mileage was 26 on a 600 mile trip with a tail wind; the worst was 14.7, same trip but pulling a U-Haul trailer into the wind. In general, I'm disappointed with the overall MPG; I keep track of every gallon of fuel, fuel additive, air cleaner change, and oil change (Royal Purple 5W-20). Oh yes, it has a K&N in it; total waste of $$$, no increase in MPG, but am doing my part in saving a tree or two. I have a 54 mile commute, work three days and drive home; average mileage (combined city/highway) for the last 8 months is 20.9 MPG. It's been my experience that turning off the speed and cruise can increase mileage, especially in hilly terrain; does anyone know if the shift points can be changed?
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    I've been reading these posts for a while (and, yes, I'm a VUE owner) and I've come to two conclusions. One, it is amusing to read the posts from those owners who say they are upset with the mileage they get. You must not have done any research. I also hope that you are upset with Honda and not with either GM or the Saturn Division as Honda made the powertrain (but I don't have to tell any of you that since you all post that the Honda powertrain is the only reason why you bought your VUE). Two, someone did the VUE a favor when it comes to the good gas mileage that you are getting. According to the compare feature, the VUE does well against the Honda offerings with the same engine. According to Edmunds, the V6 VUE gets 19/25 mpg. This seems to be in line with what is reported here. I read many posts showing better stats than this. The Acura MDX is rated at 17/23 mpg, the Honda Pilot is rated at 17/22 mpg and the Honda Ridgeline is rated at 16/21 mpg. Only the Odyssey shows better mpg ratings with 20/28 mpg.

    So, to sum up: If you are upset with your mileage, yell at Honda; and, compared to the Honda offerings with the same engine, the VUE does well.
  • According to Edmunds, the V6 VUE gets 19/25 mpg. This seems to be in line with what is reported here. I read many posts showing better stats than this. The Acura MDX is rated at 17/23 mpg, the Honda Pilot is rated at 17/22 mpg and the Honda Ridgeline is rated at 16/21 mpg. Only the Odyssey shows better mpg ratings with 20/28 mpg.

    So, to sum up: If you are upset with your mileage, yell at Honda; and, compared to the Honda offerings with the same engine, the VUE does well.

    ummm, did it ever occur to you that the vue is smaller and much lighter than all the other vehicles you mentioned? apples to oranges.
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    Well, it's the same powertrain. I still say that if you're upset with the V6 mileage, then you should talk to Honda about it and not blame GM.
  • ocmike3ocmike3 Posts: 232
    Just returned form 8 days of travel, putting 4286 miles on our 2006 FWD V6 VUE.(Odo now has 7450 miles)
    I believe that I can support the EPA mileage estimates of 28 mpg Highway for the most part.
    Total miles driven 4286 and we used 167.6 gallons petrol. This equals an average of 25.6 mpg for the entire trip. (A total of 16 stops to add gasoline.)
    Best mileage: 28.5 mpg on two tanks: Rawlings, WY to N. Platte, NB & Rawlings, WY to Tremonten, UT
    Worst mileage: 21.4 mpg: Cheyenne, WY to Rawlings, WY
    We ran consistently 70-75+ mph through Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska & many areas of Missouri. (Speed limits are 70 or 75 mph in most areas we drove in these states.)
    The killer seemed to be wind. On the tanks we got the lowest mileage, we were bucking strong 25-30 mph head winds.
    I’m very happy with the mileage as we cruised loaded at 70 -75 mph for 12+ hours on 4-5 of the days we traveled. Two adults, two kids and all our stuff; 700 – 800 pounds of people and stuff.
    If we had taken it easy and cruised 60 – 65 mph; I’m betting the mileage would have pushed 30 mpg on several tanks. (We got 4 tanks @ 27.96, 28.5, 27.8, 28.5 mpg and 26 mpg or better on 7/16 tanks.)
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    Wow, 4286 miles in 8 days is 535.75 miles a day! Did you even stop to eat at any point over that 8 days? Back in June, we drove over 1500 miles while gone 8 days (Columbus, GA to Springdale, AR and back) and I thought that was an unreal amount of driving. My hat is off to you!
  • ocmike3ocmike3 Posts: 232
    Drove Portland, Or to Eureka Springs, AR and back. Left Aug 2 and arrived Aug 4. Return Trip was Aug 7 - 9. We did two days of 800 - 900 miles with 250 - 350 miles left for the 3rd day. Trip over was roughest as we planned to stay somewhere in western WY(Green River/Rock Springs, etc) on night one; but couldn't find a motel w/vacancy in WY. Finally caught a couple of hours at a rest stop just W of Cheyenne; then drove to St. Joseph, MO day 2. Got a good dinner and motel that night!
    The VUE was a pleasure to drive - comfortable and I could even walk after all those hours in the driver's seat. I've logged hundreds of thousands of road miles and I can say that about only a few of the vehicles we've owned.
  • ocmike3ocmike3 Posts: 232
    I've got over 8500 miles on our V6 FWD VUE. My daily commute is mostly city, about 13 miles one way. I'm consistenly getting 21.5 to 22 mpg with the V6 for this commute. I don't hit much stop and go, but do have at least 30 stop lights or signs to contend with.
  • We bought our VUE in Sept. 2003 and absolutely love it. It's perfect for my wife and I've found it extremely handy at times to haul wood for my hobbies, etc. For groceries it's a dream. It may not be a luxury car, but we didn't buy it for that - our BMW provides that (but not the reliability I might add).

    With regards to mpg, it might not get what's advertised but it doesn't fall that far short. On the highway it'll managed 25-28 and around town between 17 and 18. Again, we bought it for its utilitarianship, not its economy, although we did consider that in the equation when comparing to others in its class. One of the biggest sellers was the ride, however. It was by far the best riding of the vehicles in its class.

    There are so many factors when considering, or creating mpg that not one issue can decide the outcome. Proper tire inflation is very, very important. If you don't mind a bit harsher ride you can put a couple extra pounds in all around. That may improve you mileage a bit. Tire wear will be abnormal, but if you're after that all important extra 1-2mpg, give it a try. And I'm a firm believer that the makeup of the tire itself has a lot to do with the resistance to roll. Just a bad belt in one of them can cause some rolling resistance and upset the mpg. And what if more than one tire has that problem?

    Driving habits can be the biggest culprit. Leaping away from a stop sign/traffic light is the worst offender. And believe me the V6 has a lot of capability to do that.

    Someone on the forum mentioned wind resistance. We've found a 2-3 mile drop in mpg if we're fighting a wind on the road. Not much we can do about that, unless we travel at night when the wind is generally not as predominant.

    If great mpg is your major desire in a vehicle, you bought the wrong vehicle - we didn't.

    There are all kinds of tricks to improve the mileage, but basically it's common sense driving and good vehicle maintenance.
  • trraffictrraffic Posts: 6
    I bought an 07 AWD V6 three weeks ago. First tank I got 15.8, the last (second) I got 14.8. I do about 95 percent city/traffic driving--my 10.5 mile commute takes me about 45 minutes, including the hills of western PA. When I am able to break free of the traffic for 10 minutes on the way home, I tend to drive around 55 mph. Reading a post above, I am hoping it will get better. I currently have over 1K on the car. I was not expecting to get in the 20s. But I was hopeful to get around 18, especially b/c another AWD V6 Vue owner (05 or 06) said she gets around 19 with city driving.

    I also was surprised that my low fuel light did not come on this morning. I ended up getting over 14 gallons; I would have thought having only 2 gallons left would have triggered that. Good thing I got gas before going to work!
  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    Let the engine break in. My wife drives an '04 AWD V6 and, in our very unscientific calculations, she gets between 19 and 23 MPG on a tank.

    Granted, her commute is about 15-20 miles of most two lane highway that she drives at 55-60MPH, but I suspect that your mileage will increase once you've got a few thousand miles on it.
  • twaintwain Posts: 185
    We had a 2003 V6 FWD Vue with the old, nonHonda V6. It wasn't a bad engine either. We routinely got high 20s on the hwy and low 20s in town.

    But the Honda V6 does about the same with 70 more horsepower.
  • ocmike3ocmike3 Posts: 232
    I sat down and calculated the overall mileage we've gotten since we bought our 2006 FWD VUE w/Honda V6 new in April 2006. It's primarily my daily commuter ~ 30 miles per day, mixed driving. We've put ~15108 miles on it bought about 660 gallons reg octane petro... Avg = 22.89mpg. I'm pretty darn happy with that. In an excursion PDX, OR to E.S., AR (and back) we had several tanks register 28-29mpg cruising 65 -75 mph. (Head winds can be a mileage killer)
  • horatiohoratio Posts: 5
    Can you tell me what your range per tank of gas is? Are you able to get near 400 miles?
  • ocmike3ocmike3 Posts: 232
    its possible, we did it twice on the trip last summer. We were averaging 24-29 mpg running on the hwy - depending on the wind(strong headwinds in ND-WY killed the mileage). Even though it only has a 16 gallon tank, we could run 400+ miles between fill ups with the mileage we got.(you do have to look ahead for stops depending on whre you are at - we were running OR to AR and there are a lot of distances between gas stops in some parts) as I mentioned we were booking 65-75 mph all the time.
  • I guess I should have done more research on the vues gas milage.This is my 4th saturn but first vue I just bought my 07 5spd 4cyl vue first tank 14.8 mpg second tank took a hiwghay trip got 16.9. Ive read the post about better gas milage after it breaks in but these numbers just scare me i know the epa is never right but this model is rated 23/29 14/17 is ridiculous . Thinking about using there 30 day 1500 mile gaurantee and getting a different vue if I still get that bad of gas milage it will be back to the ions or auras for me
  • kaynkayn Posts: 3
    I get less than 12 mpg around town and about 23 on long freeway trips. BAAAADDDDD !!!! I agree that it was misrepresented when I purchased. I wouldn't have purchased at 11! Anything under 15-17 around town is rediculous.
  • kaynkayn Posts: 3
    Sparky, you are one of the lucky ones!!!
  • I am averaging 21-23 mpg city with my '06 FWD V6 Vue. The trick with the Vue is to keep the revs under 2000 rpm, drive like there is an egg under your foot. If you push it it will suck gas back to the 17-19 mpg range in the city. Overall I am happy with it, I hear the '08 V6 is about 500 lbs heavier is alot thirstier on gas and has about 20% less cargo room. This will be my last Saturn. :(
  • Hi, new to this site. I was looking at either a 06 or 07 vue. What is the real mpg diff. between the 4 and 6 cyl. Is the 6 cyl. only the honda engine. Anyone have this for a while and could mention on reliablility?

    Just lookin for a reasonably priced, fuel officient, good sized that possible?
  • I went for a ride on Route 95 in Florida today. I filled the fuel tank up before leaving and here are my results.
    Total trip was 159 miles. Vue is V-6, FWD, automatic transmission.
    Drove 47 miles in stop and go traffic.
    Drove 112 miles open highway. (95)
    Average speed on open Highway was approx. 63-64 MPH
    RPM was around 1750. Filled fuel tank up on return which took 6.27 gallon of regular fuel. MPG was 25.4.

    I don't think that is too bad for my first trip. The Vue has only 1,450 miles on it. Purchased new the end of August 2007. Not a bad vehicle. You just have to learn not to put the pedal to the metal because it will suck up fuel in no time. Very spunky for a V-6 engine. Around town I get 17 to 19 MPG average.

    I can't wait to take it on a longer trip to see what kind of MPG I can get.
  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    Wife and I took a road trip last weekend - Denver to Provo, UT and back. 1200 miles round trip. The 4 tanks of gas I measured were as follows:

    tank 1 - Denver to Grand Junction, CO. I-70 all the way; speed was between 60-80 MPH, depending upon conditions. Two trips above 10,000 feet. MPG = 22.3

    tank 2 - Grand Junction to Provo, UT. I-70, US 6 and some local driving. MPG - 19.2

    tank 3 - local driving (to Park City, UT), then to Price, UT on the return trip. MPG = 19.4

    tank 4 - Price, UT to Grand Junction, CO. US 6 and I-70 again. MPG = 22.9

    EPA numbers are 16 and 22, so I feel we did pretty well. The VUE started the trip with just over 2000 miles on it.
  • ocmike3ocmike3 Posts: 232
    Got 06 VUE FWD, V6 which we have about 20k miles now. Consistently getting 20-22 mpg to/from work which is mixed drving. I found my mileage improved with each tank until I got 5000 or more on it. I've gotten 28-29 mpg on several tanks.
    Relaibility has been good, no issues to fix in almost 2 years. It does develop more buzzes than I'm used to hearing. Overall I'm extremely satisfied.
  • How did you get 28 - 29 mpg? Highway probably. I have the same exact saturn as you, I just bought it 2 weeks ago. I have 15500 miles on it. I love the suv, I bought it off a private owner for 16,500. It was a steal, it has all the upgrades, chrome package, tv's in headrest and leather. My first tank of gas I drove half highway (on a windy day) and half city and I got 22.3 miles. I'm on my second tank which is all pretty much city so I will update. Thanks for any info!!
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