Shoppers looking for vehicles in this class prefer the passenger space of a minivan without the outward design of one, and in most cases, off-road ability isn’t needed.
One negative for the Outlook is pricing; the base XE model is a good value, but pile the XR with options and it can exceed $45,000, which is as much as some same-size luxury-brand models.
The CX-9 has a sportier look and feel, and it appeals to those who want to drive a little more enthusiastically.
The Toyota Highlander offers 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 Ford Flex—which is basically replacing the Ford Taurus X—holds the trump card for styling.
To most shoppers, the Flex’s distinct boxy appearance and three rows of comfortable seating is a strong selling point; the Flex also promises safety rivaling that of the Outlook.
|2009 Saturn OutlookBrowse Used Listings||2009 Ford FlexBrowse Used Listings||2009 Honda PilotBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mazda CX-9Browse Used Listings||2008 Toyota HighlanderBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 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||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door XE||4-Door SE FWD||2WD 4-Door LX||FWD 4-Door Sport||FWD 4-Door 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||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic|