The Saturn Vue has been greatly improved for the 2004 model year. More power, more refinement, and a dozen other improvements make this a far more compelling product. And there's a new performance-oriented Red Line model. Headlining the changes is a new 3.5-liter V6 built by Honda. It's very smooth, an enormous improvement over the rough-sounding V6 used in last year's model. Saturn claims this year's 250-horsepower V6 is the most powerful engine in the compact SUV segment. The V6 comes with a very smooth five-speed automatic that adds up to a responsive new drivetrain. Base models with the 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine are quite slow, however. The Vue's electronic power steering has been re-calibrated for 2004 to improve on-center feel and responsiveness. Gone are the annoying torque steer, vague on-center feel, and darty handling that plagued the 2003 model. The 2004 Vue's interior looks richer and better finished than last year, with improved materials, textures, and colors. As if to show off the improved steering, a nice new steering wheel replaces last year's cheap-feeling wheel. New gauges and a cargo organizer have been added, while new dual-stage airbags enhance passenger safety. While Saturn is best known for friendly sales and service, it's also known for engineering innovation. The Vue is fitted with Saturn's traditional polymer body panels, which resist dents and eliminate corrosion. The Vue is available with all-wheel drive for lousy weather capability, and four-cylinder models are available with a continuously variable transmission. The Vue's long wheelbase makes for a roomy interior, including a reclining second row and a useful third row. These features, combined with a competitive price, unique looks, and friendly dealerships, make the 2004 Saturn Vue a much more appealing product.