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 OutlookBrowse Used Listings||2009 Honda PilotBrowse Used Listings||2008 Ford Taurus XBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mazda CX-9Browse Used Listings||2008 Toyota HighlanderBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Mid-Size Wagon||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4dr XE||2WD 4dr LX||4dr Wagon SEL FWD||FWD 4dr Sport||FWD 4dr Base (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door SUV||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door|
|Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic|