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2008 Saturn Outlook vs. Its Competition

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2008 Saturn Outlook XE
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The 2008 Saturn Outlook competes with some of the roomiest carlike crossover vehicle models, which bring many of the advantages of a minivan, including fuel economy that's much better than traditional truck-based SUVs, though none of these vehicles boasts rugged off-road ability.

The Ford Taurus X has a lower seating position and feels more like a wagon than the Outlook, with a lower cargo floor that's easier to access.

The Taurus X also ranks very high in safety.

The Toyota Highlander has recently been redesigned, with a sleeker appearance and revamped interior appointments.

Then there's the Pilot, which has a simpler, boxier appearance but good performance from its V-6 powertrain.

The CX-9 has a sportier look and feel, and it appeals to those who want to drive a little more enthusiastically.

The Outlook's fuel economy is comparable to that of other mid-size crossover vehicles.

One negative for the Outlook is pricing; the base XE model is a good value, but pile the XR with options and it can approach $45,000, which is as much as some same-size luxury-brand models.

2008 Saturn Outlook XE2008 Saturn Outlook2009 Honda Pilot2009 Honda Pilot2008 Ford Taurus X 4-door Wagon Limited AWD Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Ford Taurus X2008 Mazda CX-9 FWD 4-door Sport Side Exterior View2008 Mazda CX-92008 Toyota Highlander 4WD 4-door Limited (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View2008 Toyota Highlander
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The 2008 Saturn Outlook puts a spacious, family-friendly interior above all else, and it doesn't look too much like a minivan.
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The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
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Don't look to the 2008 Ford Taurus X for driving excitement, but otherwise, it's darn near the most perfect family wagon there is.
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The 2008 Mazda CX-9 may be the best-driving full-size seven-passenger crossover out there. It is certainly one of the best looking and appointed.
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Most Americans prefer mushy white bread, and the 2008 Toyota Highlander is a larger, high-quality "loaf" that will satisfy most every consumer.
MSRP From    
$28,625Browse Used Listings$27,695Browse Used Listings$27,030Browse Used Listings$29,400Browse Used Listings$27,500Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleMid-Size Wagon2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door XE2WD 4-Door LX4-Door Wagon SEL FWDFWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door Base (SE)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
88677
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door SUV4 Door4 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
 
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