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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front impact and side impact; four stars, rollover
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, rollover-sensing stability control
Safety equipment includes front, front-side, and three-row side-curtain airbags
Kelley Blue Book
In the world of family cars, safety generally rates among the most important vehicle characteristics. Fortunately for Saturn and prospective buyers, the 2008 Saturn Outlook scores incredibly well in crash tests, and it offers some tantalizing safety features.
The 2008 Saturn Outlook has been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one of the two major crash-testing authorities in the United States, and the Saturn Outlook's scores are impressive. In both driver- and passenger-side front impact tests, the 2008 Saturn Outlook scored a perfect five-star rating. In addition to the impeccable front impact ratings, the Saturn Outlook also earned a perfect five-star rating in both side impact tests conducted by the NHTSA. The only category where the Saturn Outlook didn't earn a perfect score was in rollover protection, where the Saturn Outlook received four out of five stars. The 2008 Saturn Outlook has not yet been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). TheCarConnection.com will revisit the Outlook’s safety score when the IIHS data is available.
As impressive as the crash ratings are, they tell only part of the story. The 2008 Saturn Outlook also comes equipped with quite a few safety features, including standard "antilock brakes, rollover-sensing stability control," and "GM's OnStar service," according to Edmunds. Other reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the 2008 Saturn Outlook offers a wealth of airbags, which Kelley Blue Book says include "front, front-side, and three-row side-curtain airbags." ConsumerGuide also mentions that "daytime running lights" come standard on all 2008 Saturn Outlooks.
For such a large vehicle, the 2008 Saturn Outlook offers impressive visibility, with the notable exception of parking maneuvers. ConsumerGuide says that the Saturn Outlook offers "fine outward visibility thanks to big mirrors and unobtrusive rear headrests," and Cars.com adds "rear visibility is fair, especially if the third row's head restraints are folded forward." However, the view directly to the back is a bit compromised, but the Saturn Outlook makes up for that with a "sonar rear parking." Then again, Cars.com points out that the sonar "pales in comparison to a rearview camera, which some competitors offer."
Drivers can take comfort in the 2008 Saturn Outlook's superlative crash-test ratings.