The 2003 Saturn VUE comes with front-wheel drive and a suspension system featuring MacPherson strut front suspension, multi-link rear suspension, and four-wheel independent suspension.
The 2003 Saturn VUE includes safety and security base features such as child seat anchors, an anti-theft alarm system, ventilated front disc/rear drum brakes, rear door child safety locks, daytime running lights, an engine immobilizer, two front headrests, two rear headrests, a rear center three-point belt, electronic brake force distribution, and front and rear height adjustable headrests. NHTSA performed five crash test results. The passenger test received four out of five stars, the driver impact five out of five, side impact front and rear both five out of five, and rollover received three out of five stars. IIHS rated frontal offset at a high score of ""good."" Its side impact test came in opposite of NHTSA at a low score of ""poor."" Rear crash protection and head restraint performed only marginal. Identifix ratings are five out of five in the following categories: engine, steering and suspension, brakes, heating and air conditioning, and starting and charging. Constant velocity transaxle was a problem with the transmission and driveline, and the body control module, an accessory, failed occasionally. Overall, the Identifix rating was four out of five.
Arriving soft on the heels of the 2001 Ford Escape, which itself arrived rather soft on the heels of the 1996 Toyota RAV4 and 1997 Honda CR-V, the 2003 Saturn VUE is a Ford Escape-sized sport-ute also built on passenger-car mechanicals. The VUE's underside blends existing GM engines, the 2.2-liter in-line four and L81 3.0-liter V-6 of Saturn's L-series, with some drivetrains unique to GM, including an Aisin-Warner five-speed automatic and a home-grown continuously variable transmission (CVT). Also new is the unitized steel structure sheathed in Saturn's requisite thermoplastic panels. Production begins this fall in Spring Hill, Tennessee, with a base price of, in Saturn's words, "less than $20,000."
The 2003 Saturn VUE offers gray and beige as interior color options. Consumers have one option: a cloth bucket seat covering, and the VUE seats five passengers. Front head room measures at 40.4 inches, front hip room is 51.6 inches, front leg room is 41.2 inches, and front shoulder room is 55.4 inches. Rear seatbacks are split folding and the rear seats recline. Solar glass reduces ultraviolet penetration to the interior. It offers standard convenience features such as interior air filtration, air-conditioning, a cargo area light, front reading lights, and dual vanity mirrors. There is little in terms of instrumentation and in-car entertainment—a tachometer and a low fuel level warning are it for the interior, along with four speakers and a simple AM/FM stereo. A CD player does not come standard. Leather upholstered heated front seats are an optional upgrade.
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2003 Saturn Vue Base
L4 - 2.2L 134ci - MFI GAS DOHC
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