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2008 Saturn VUE

Midsize SUV
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  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
See below for ratings based on manufacture date.
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Electronic stability control, includes roll stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2009
G
G
G
2008
G
G
G
2007
G
P
M
2006
G
P
M
2005
G
P
M
2004
G
P
M
2003
G
P
M
2002
G
P
M

Applies to 2008-09 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
M
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Saturn VUE was redesigned and enlarged for the 2008 model year. Its size and weight have increased sufficiently to reclassify it as a midsize SUV (2002-07 models were classified as small SUVs.) Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by General Motors as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury. The driver and passenger side curtain airbags also deployed during the crash.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2008 Saturn VUE XE 4wd
Weight 4,162 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase107 in.
Length180 in.
Width73 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings15 mpg city / 22 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF0713
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)7
Left (cm)11
Center (cm)10
Right (cm)13
Brake pedal (cm)5
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)4
Right (cm)2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-2
Rearward (cm)1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)2

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF0713
Head
HIC-15226
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm)6
Maximum Nij 0.29
Chest maximum compression (mm)41
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)4.9
Femur force - right (kN)6.5
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)1
Maximum tibia index - left0.56
Maximum tibia index - right1.12
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left82
Right144

Applies to 2008-09 models built after December 2007

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Saturn VUE was redesigned and enlarged for the 2008 model year. Its size and weight have increased sufficiently to reclassify it as a midsize SUV (2002-07 models were classified as small SUVs).

Two tests of the VUE were conducted. In the first test, the side curtain airbag did not deploy properly, and the rear passenger dummy's head was hit by the window sill of the rear door. This impact did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection was inadequate. In response, General Motors redesigned the side curtain airbags to ensure more rapid inflation and greater extension of the airbag next to the rear dummy's head. In the second test, the fix was successful, and the head protection rating improved to Good. The side airbag modifications apply to all 2008 and later models manufactured after December 2007 (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

The two vehicles are rated separately, except that the structural ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2008 Saturn VUE XE 4wd
Weight 4,101 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase107 in.
Length180 in.
Width73 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings15 mpg city / 22 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0733CES0741
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-9.5-9.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0741
Head HIC-15389
Neck
Tension (kN)1.7
Compression (kN)0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)35
Lateral force (kN)1.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)38
Average deflection (mm)34
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.70
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.61
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)3.1
Acetabulum force (kN)1.7
Combined force (kN)4.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.3
L-M moment (Nm)50
A-P moment (Nm) 12

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0741
Head HIC-15152
Neck
Tension (kN)0.1
Compression (kN)0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)27
Lateral force (kN)1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)33
Average deflection (mm)25
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.27
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.38
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.1
Acetabulum force (kN)2.8
Combined force (kN)3.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.2
L-M moment (Nm)81
A-P moment (Nm) -25

Applies to 2008 models built before January 2008

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
A
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
M
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Saturn VUE was redesigned and enlarged for the 2008 model year. Its size and weight have increased sufficiently to reclassify it as a midsize SUV (2002-07 models were classified as small SUVs).

Two tests of the VUE were conducted. In the first test, the side curtain airbag did not deploy properly, and the rear passenger dummy's head was hit by the window sill of the rear door. This impact did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection was inadequate. In response, General Motors redesigned the side curtain airbags to ensure more rapid inflation and greater extension of the airbag next to the rear dummy's head. In the second test, the fix was successful, and the head protection rating improved to Good. The side airbag modifications apply to all 2008 and later models manufactured after December 2007 (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

The two vehicles are rated separately, except that the structural ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummies in the two tests indicate that rib fractures would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — The side curtain airbag did not deploy properly, and the dummy's head was hit by the window sill of the rear passenger door. This impact did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection is inadequate.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2008 Saturn VUE XE 4wd
Weight 4,103 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase107 in.
Length180 in.
Width73 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings15 mpg city / 22 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0733CES0741
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-9.5-9.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0733
Head HIC-15251
Neck
Tension (kN)1.6
Compression (kN)0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)34
Lateral force (kN)1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)44
Average deflection (mm)37
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.06
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.80
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.6
Acetabulum force (kN)2.0
Combined force (kN)4.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.3
L-M moment (Nm)67
A-P moment (Nm) 17

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0733
Head HIC-15334
Neck
Tension (kN)1.6
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)26
Lateral force (kN)1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)32
Average deflection (mm)24
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.05
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.29
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.3
Acetabulum force (kN)3.0
Combined force (kN)4.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.3
L-M moment (Nm)78
A-P moment (Nm) -31

Applies to 2008-09 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual cloth seats (AHR)

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seats (AHR)
Geometry
Backset (mm)56
Distance below top of head (mm)49
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)10.8
Head contact time (ms)70
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)26
Max neck tension (N)332

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