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The 2008 Saturn Outlook is part of a new family of three-row crossover vehicles that include the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and an as-yet unnamed version from Chevrolet. For most families, the Outlook offers all the relevant capability of GM's three-row, truck-based SUVs, but with better ride and handling, easier entry and exit and better fuel economy. The Outlook and its GM brethren appear poised for unprecedented success in a category pioneered by the Chrysler Pacifica and Ford Freestyle.
You'll Like This Car If...
Roomier than most midsize crossovers and more sensible (for many) than a full-size SUV, the comfortable, versatile and refined Outlook is a great family car.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Unless your family requires the added ruggedness of a truck-based SUV, the increased efficiency of something smaller or the volume of a minivan, the Outlook has few significant shortcomings.
What's New for 2008
A rear backup camera is added to the navigation option, while XM Satellite Radio becomes standard. Improvements for 2008 include an "Intelligent" all-wheel-drive feature, Panic Brake Assist and the repositioning of the rear wiper control from the stalk to the center console.
As far as people movers of the 5,000-pound, eight-passenger variety are concerned, the 2008 Saturn Outlook ranks among the most satisfying we've driven. Merging onto the highway, the 270-horsepower V6 and smooth-shifting, six-speed automatic combine to deliver quiet and confident acceleration. Once at speed, the Outlook rides as smoothly as a large sedan while remaining controlled and responsive. On our longest drives we found the seats especially comfortable. Navigating intersections and parking lots is also pleasant, thanks in part to excellent steering and brake feel. Our biggest grumble - and it's a small one - is that the economy-tuned transmission can be reluctant to shift to the lower gears when you need a little extra acceleration.
Smart Slide Seat
With the pull of one lever, the second-row seat bottom flips up and the seatback slides forward, easing access to the Outlook's roomy third row.
Big Third-Row Seat
Unlike so many third rows that are best suited for small people and short trips, the Outlook's roomy back row doesn't feel at all like a penalty box.
From the windshield to the tailgate, we found the 2008 Saturn Outlook's passenger cabin attractive and comfortable. Outlook XE models get metallic trim, XR models get wood-like trim and both offer available leather seating. Although there are some larger expanses of plastic up front, the quality is such that it isn't a distraction. The Outlook's most novel feature is the Smart Slide second-row seat that flips and slides in one motion to provide exceptionally easy access to the roomy third row. The second and third rows both fold flat for cargo, and the second-row seats recline for comfort. Even with the third row occupied, the Outlook still offers generous cargo room in back.
Taller than a wagon and sleeker than an SUV, the 2008 Saturn Outlook is one of a growing number of crossover vehicles that actually look like crossover vehicles. GM has done a decent job in differentiating the Outlook and the GMC Acadia, and a knockout job in distinguishing the Buick Enclave from both. Up front, the Outlook's grille is dominated by a thick chrome bar that represents the new face of Saturn. XR models are distinguished by body-color side moldings (XE gets black moldings), standard roof rails, foglamps and a dual exhaust. Both models include 18-inch aluminum wheels as standard equipment.
Notable Standard Equipment
Included as standard equipment on a base-level 2008 Saturn Outlook XE are a CD/MP3 sound system with an auxiliary audio jack, XM Satellite Radio, power windows/locks/mirrors, remote keyless entry, cruise control, 18-inch painted aluminum wheels, rear wiper/washer and Smart Slide second-row seats. Standard safety equipment includes front, front-side, and three-row side-curtain airbags, plus electronic stability and traction controls with rollover mitigation.
Notable Optional Equipment
The 2008 Saturn Outlook's alluring options list includes a DVD-based navigation system with rear backup camera, DVD rear entertainment system, six-disc CD/MP3 premium audio system, rear parking sensors, leather seating, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, power liftgate, remote start, second-row captain's chairs, all-wheel drive and HID headlamps.
Under the Hood
The 2008 Saturn Outlook's smooth and sophisticated 3.6-liter V6 features variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust sides, as well as electronic throttle control. Thanks in part to its exclusive dual exhaust, the Outlook XR delivers five more horsepower than the XE - which represents a power increase of less than two percent and a bigger advantage for the vehicle's marketers than its drivers. The six-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and offers manual gear selection. The Outlook's "body-frame integral" architecture and fully independent suspension help deliver the car-like ride and handling not traditionally associated with such a large vehicle. The Outlook is available in front- or all-wheel drive.
270 horsepower @ 6600 rpm (XE)
275 horsepower @ 6600 rpm (XR)
248 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3200 rpm (XE)
251 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3200 rpm (XR)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 (FWD), 16/22 (AWD)
The 2008 Saturn Outlook has a base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting under $29,000 and can top $41,000 when fully loaded. The step from XE to XR adds $2,300, and the step from front- to all-wheel drive requires an additional $2,000. We expect our Fair Purchase Prices to reflect real-world transaction prices very near sticker price. Competitors such as the Chrysler Pacifica range in MSRP from $25,000 to more than $41,000, while the Ford Freestyle reaches from just under $27,000 to a high of about $37,000. As for resale value, we expect the Saturn Outlook to prove more resilient than both the Freestyle and Pacifica.
Saturn Outlook Consumer Reviews
September 08, 2016
So Far So Good!
I purchased my car from a used from a dealership in January with about 123,000 miles on it, and so far it has been pretty good. My only...
April 29, 2016
Very good value for the money
First, Saturn made great cars. The Outlook is great for us. My only issues are with some of the interior materials. The buttons for the...
July 20, 2015
I loved it and plenty of room
Fully up todate on oil changes and mechanical. NEVER have been in a wreck
March 17, 2015
Best choice ever!
December 17, 2014
Great family & tow vehicle
We purchased this for my wife's car. It has every option that's available on it. It drives like a luxury car. Very smooth and handles...
August 08, 2014
They need to make this model again!!! Great SUV!
Wish they would make this model again!!!!
May 12, 2014
Best SUV I've owned...Safe and sturdy
Bought new in 2007. Not one problem...ever. Roomy, great handling, solid feel. Just a safe feeling vehicle. Gas mileage has been...
April 30, 2014
Love this SUV!
I purchased this vehicle a few weeks ago. So far, I absolutely love it. I have 2 children and 2 stepchildren, so it is the perfect size....
April 16, 2014
Love this vehicle
This is the best vehicle we have owned! Perfect for my busy family. I love the size of it-not too big, not too small. Only drawback is...
April 09, 2014
I love my Saturn Outlook!
I love my Saturn Outlook and would highly recommend this model to anyone looking for one!