The 2009 Saturn VUE Hybrid gets a dual-mode hybrid system added to the lineup that employs a 3.6L V6 engine generating 255 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque with front-wheel drive and an automatic transmission featuring EVT electronic ratio select. The milder hybrid 2.4L inline-4 engine is still available, providing 172 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque paired to a four-speed automatic transmission. Saturn VUE Hybrid engine specifications feature an electric motor that provides power assistance during acceleration, restarts the gas engine after it automatically shuts off at a stop and recharges itself using a process called regenerative braking, which captures energy normally lost while stopping. EPA fuel economy estimates are 25 mpg city and 32 mpg hwy, which are each 6 mpg better than the conventional four-cylinder VUE XE with front-wheel drive and more fuel-efficient than most other SUVs. Standard safety features include the following air bags: dual-stage frontal and side-impact, driver and right-front passenger and head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions.