2008 Saturn Outlook

2008 Saturn Outlook Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Saturn Outlook was new.

The Outlook earns a high ranking for its quick acceleration, competitive list of standard safety features, spacious cabin, and decent fuel economy for its size. For 2008, it gets more standard and optional equipment, including newly standard XM Satellite Radio.

8.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.1
Safety: 9.8
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Peppy engine
  • Decent fuel economy for an eight-passenger vehicle
  • Handles like a much smaller vehicle
  • Impressive third-row comfort and generous cargo space
  • Without correction, transmission flaws detract from overall performance

2008 Saturn Outlook Overview

Despite leftover transmission woes from a prior component recall and overall questionable reliability, the 2008 Saturn Outlook still ranks well. "All in all, GM's new crossovers represent exactly what most buyers of people movers both need and want: a vehicle with all the practicality of an SUV and few of the drawbacks," says Automobile Magazine. It's no wonder that the 2007 Outlook was named Motor Week's "Best Crossover Utility." The Outlook ranks near the top of both the affordable midsize SUV and crossover classes.

The 2008 Outlook is available in two trims: the base XE and the XR. Both trims are available in front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) versions.

  • "It rides like a well-crafted station wagon -- exceedingly smooth and comfortable, even over difficult roads." -- Washington Post
  • "The combination of space, handling, comfort and utility is hard, maybe impossible, to find in any other SUV." -- USA Today
  • "Here is our bottom line on this one. Despite some shortfalls, the new vehicles clearly show that GM now really IS a player on the big stage. It hit the high 'C' note and now can go toe-to-toe with Toyota and Honda in this segment -- providing the reliability and longevity are there." -- MarketWatch
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