Saturn Vue Returns…Sort of – Car Pro News

This is a strange development to say the least. The somewhat popular but short-lived second-generation Saturn Vue is coming back to the United States as the 2012 Chevrolet Captiva Sport.
You’ll see it on the streets, but you won’t be able to buy one new, and you’ll probably see it at used-car dealerships over time. That’s because the Captiva Sport is coming for the sole purpose of fulfilling fleet orders, according to General Motors.
The Captiva Sport will be available in LS, LT and LTZ trims. All models will include 17-inch aluminum wheels, air conditioning, power windows and locks, and electronic stability control. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. Up-level trims will offer features like leather seats, a rearview camera and sunroof.
The Captiva Sport is powered by a 172-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder on the LS trim and a 264-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 on the LT and LTZ trims. All models use a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Captiva is sold around the world except in the U.S. With huge demand on the retail side for the Chevrolet Equinox, the Captiva Sport fleet option could take pressure off the popular crossover in the U.S.
As far as I know, this is the only vehicle you’ll see in rental fleets that you can’t buy at a dealership. The Captiva Sport will become available to fleet customers late this year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has already tested the vehicle, giving the Captiva Sport a four-star rollover rating; frontal and side crash-test ratings aren’t yet available.

3 Comments
  1. Ken Schreiber 5 years ago

    I have a 2008 Saturn Vue XE with the 2.4 engine. I’ve had it for two years and love it! Drives and runs perfect and gets good gas milage. No mechanical issues at all. G.M. had a jewell here,but discontinued the Saturn brand. Wise to bring it back. I got Lucky to get this one as they are a rare find at dealerships. If you come across one, drive it and you’ll agree.

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      Michele Sanders 5 years ago

      Ken, I remember reviewing the 2008 Vue and I agree, it was AWESOME! Great vehicle that got good mileage. Later that year I had the hybrid version and liked it too.

      Thanks for listening to the show!

      Jerry Reynolds “The Car Pro”
      President, Car Pro Radio Networks

  2. Jon 4 years ago

    I’m glad GM brought back the Vue, too bad it couldn’t have been as a Saturn. I think the real reason it’s back is because of all the Terrain and Equinox issues they’ve been having lately and they can’t afford to have a million of them in fleets tearing up. Vue it’s good to see you again, maybe one day you can wear your real badge #GoSaturn.

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