At Hybridfest, Saturn not only gave away nice T-shirts, and other assorted stuff, but also allowed us ordinary mortals to drive their new hybrid. This review is rather rant like, and incredibly biased. In their defense, I understand that they want to promote their hybrid, and I won't fault anyone too much for buying one, they are affordable and it is a hybrid. (Or rather an imitation hybrid.) Of course, to test drive, first you got told about what a great hybrid it was. Literally, I got a lecture/presentation on it. It's the most affordable SUV hybrid (For a reason), gets great highway MPGs (Duh), and whatnot. Then, you get paired up with an employee, who takes you out, tells you more about how it works, then you firedrill switch and you get to drive it. At the time, there was a delay, and I ended up "sharing" my drive with another person. Who had already bought a hybrid Vue, and was awaiting delivery. Due to this, I kept my mouth very much shut. First of all, there was a big deal made over the Eco-lame (Thanks Sledge for that!), and that Pavlov's Dogs were going to teach you how to drive this vehicle. (I doubt Pavlov's dogs could teach at all, Pavlovian methods may, but his dogs don't.) Since when the Eco-light is on, that's when you're "doing good!", or achieving EPA or better FE. I wanted very desperately to ask how you can tell when you're merely meeting EPA or blowing it away, and how it registers when you're doing this, since there's no display or record of the MPGs, and why it can't tell you over the period of tank rather than instantly only. Instead, I allowed the buyer to ask his questions. Yes, you see, the vehicle doesn't have "reds", that is, climate settings that will keep the ICE going. Instead, there's an extra green button. When it's on, "reds" don't function. When it's off, "reds" keep the ICE on. This concept seemed like the work of God, if you were to use the employee and buyers take on this. Why the consumer isn't smart enough to just not use those settings when they want ICE off, I don't know. All the other hybrid manufacturers seem to think that a "red" is enough. Well, then the time came for me to drive. First of all, let me say, I'm rather spoiled, I'm used to HSD systems. I'm used to all the neat stuff about the FEH. In fact, as I drove it, I had my right hand on the gearshift, intending to switch gears as needed. However, I constantly reminded myself not to do that, and kept it in D only. The Vue is more like an IMA system, and a bad one at that. There is no idle-off, there is no slow off. Allow me to explain. ICE-off only occurs when your foot is on the brake, and you're at a complete stop. There is no off as you slow down, there is no off when you're moving your foot to the pedal to drift forward. In addition, the lack of any kind of display prohibits you from working out any kind of effective hypermiling techniques. Or EPA meeting techniques. Or really, any techniques at all. It wasn't all that challenging outside of an uphill to keep the eco light on, at least for me, but not knowing anything about my FE was like an itch that I couldn't reach as I drove about. There is no electric drive, and nothing to indicate an electric assist. Then, there are all the design quirks that just seemed odd to me. The chair works literally like a barbers chair. You pump it to move it about with a lever. There are no switches on the doors, door lock control, window control, etc. are all on the center console. The instrument display, besides being terribly uninformative, is actually just a mirror of the FEH's, minus the message centers. (As I recall, there was an charge/assist type display, but for charge only, but I may be wrong.) The lack of Nav, FE, or any sort of useful display is really unnerving to me. (Yes, I mentioned it more than once, it really bugs me.) After switching again, the buyer drove, and returned to the parking lot at hybridfest. One thing that stuck out like a sore thumb, is that he stopped, put it in park, and took his foot off the gas, which turned the engine back on, then turned the key to turn it off. Yeah, real nice design there. While the people were nice, the shirt was nice, and for those who only buy GM products, it's nice to have a hybrid out, I can't strongly enough encourage spending the extra 6-8K and getting a FEH. (Told you I'm biased.) What an underwhelming vehicle. Your mileage may vary.