Saturn VUE V6

The 2010 Saturn VUE XR V6 offers 257 horsepower and a 0 to 60 time of 7 seconds flat.
Written by Cassandra Hamilton
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
When you’re thinking of buying a compact SUV, the Saturn VUE may not be the first model that springs to mind. If you’re looking for a vehicle that has a throaty V6 that goes from 0 to 60 in 7.0 seconds with 257 horsepower and the ability to handle your family, you might want to give the Saturn VUE a second glance.
is a now-defunct automotive brand created by GM to compete with the compact Japanese cars made by
. Though you can no longer find a new model, some people still love driving a Saturn—especially when it comes equipped with a powerful V6 like the Saturn VUE. This engine turns the average soccer practice roundup into a thrilling ride.
Curious about the Saturn VUE? We've got you covered with a guide to the Saturn VUE’s V6 engine—what trim levels offer it, what the most recent model year available is, and what the specs are on this model.
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2010 Saturn VUE XR V6

Average used price: $6,685
Engine: 3.6L V6 SFI
Horsepower: 257 hp @ 6600 rpm
Torque: 248 lb-ft @ 2100 rpm
0 to 60: 7.0 seconds
The most recent model year you can find a Saturn VUE of any trim level is 2010—Saturn closed its production lines in October 2010 so you won’t find a new one today. But Saturn put out some truly great cars during its time, like the Saturn VUE XR V6, which was rated best in handling in its class.
The 2010 Saturn VUE XR V6 was offered in nine colors, like Aquamarine, Chili Pepper Red, and Quicksilver. The Saturn VUE XR V6 comes standard with 17-inch aluminum wheels, Bluetooth, keyless entry, and a sunroof. This isn’t your grandma’s compact SUV!
Other standard options on the 2010 Saturn VUE XR V6 are:
  • Cruise control
  • Power adjustable driver’s seat
  • Leather steering wheel
  • CD/MP3 player
  • Auxiliary input
The 2010 Saturn VUE XR V6 also has power windows and locks.

How’s the fuel economy?

Getting a V6 means trading some fuel economy for engine power, and the 2010 Saturn VUE XR V6 is no exception. Fuel economy is perhaps this vehicle’s weakest point—combined city and highway mileage will only get you 19 mpg.

Which Saturn VUE models have the V6?

For the 2010 model year, Saturn VUE offered a V6 in the XR trim. Compare this to the 2009 model year, where the V6 engine was available only with AWD on each of the three trim levels:
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How fast is the Saturn VUE V6? 

Compact SUVs don’t have a reputation for being the zippiest vehicles available, and the 2010 Saturn VUE XR certainly meets that expectation. Its 0 to 60 acceleration time is a flat 7.0 seconds, which isn’t the best you’ve ever heard of, but it beats out its competition from 2010:
While the Honda CR-V and the Volkswagen Tiguan both have 4-cylinder engines, the Toyota RAV4 and the Ford Edge feature V6 engines. The 2010 Saturn VUE XR beat them both anyway!
Key Takeaway You’ll have poor fuel economy with a 2010 Saturn VUE XR, but you’ll have the best 0-to-60 speeds in its class.
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Which is better: Saturn VUE XR or XE?

The biggest difference between the 2010 Saturn VUE XR and XE trim levels is the type of engine offered. If a powerful driving experience is important to you, you’ll want to go for the XR and get that V6—the 4-cylinder offered with the XE is really no comparison.
The XE has a shorter ride due to its smaller wheel size, but both trim levels come standard with Bluetooth connectivity and cloth seats. If you’re interested in a power-adjustable driver’s seat, though, you’ll want the XR trim.
Price is another matter to consider when choosing between trim levels for the same car. Due to its age, the Saturn VUE in any trim level won’t vary too much in price. The XR averages about $6,685 and the XE is around $5,775.
Whichever trim level you choose, you’ll want to do some research with your mechanic on the availability of parts and labor for a discontinued car. It can be difficult at times to acquire parts or find someone who’s trained in repairing your discontinued car, and that can add to the
car repair
costs you’ll accrue over the lifetime of your vehicle.
The final takeaway is that the Saturn VUE XR is a better buy for your money—for just over an additional $1,000, you’ll get a V6 engine and luxury options the XE just doesn’t include.
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Depending on the model year, you can find a V6 available with multiple trim levels with the exception of 2010—that model year only offers the V6 at one trim level, the XR.
While the 2010 model isn’t rated by J.D. Power, the 2009 model is rated as 82/100 for reliability and customer satisfaction.
The 2010 VUE does not offer AWD, but you can find it in other model years.
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