Saturn hybrid vs. Ford Escape Hybrid? 

Saturn hybrid vs. Ford Escape Hybrid?

Here comes a hybrid SUV that will give Fords highly publicized Escape Hybrid a good old competition and it comes with more muscles and a smaller sticker.

Saturn has announced that its new 2007 Vue Green Line will be America's lowest-priced hybrid SUV when it arrives in dealerships late this summer -- starting at $22,995, including shipping.

The Vue Green Line boasts impressive EPA fuel economy ratings. City mileage is projected at 27 mpg, with a highway rating of 32 mpg. That compares with 20/28 for the 2006 Vue Red Line with a 3.5-liter V6. The '06 Red Line retails for $24,485.

The Ford Escape Hybrid is powered by a 133-hp 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor, and is rated by the EPA at 31/26 mpg. Prices start at $26,215. In comparison, the '07 Vue Green Line mates a 2.4-liter gas engine and an electric motor, with a combined output of 170 horsepower. Standard equipment includes ABS, traction control, 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome skid plates and a rear spoiler.

A second Green Line hybrid model a gas-electric version of the new Aura midsize sedan will join the Saturn lineup in spring 2007.

Meanwhile, you can find the best of both Saturn parts and Ford parts at Auto Parts Deal.

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