Anything resembling a minivan in the U.S. today has to overcome a certain stigma that is virtually impossible to surmount, so designers have begun to disguise their minivans as SUVs. Such is the case with the 2008 Saturn Outlook, which features SUV styling and minivan practicality, minus the minivan-traditional sliding side doors.
The Saturn Outlook was completely new for the 2007 model year, and it enters 2008 virtually unchanged. Edmunds describes the Saturn Outlook as "a large crossover SUV with seating for seven or eight passengers" that is available in "two trim lines: XE and XR." Both versions share the same exterior styling, which Cars.com says "garners enthusiastic responses, and it's never confused for anything but an SUV." Edmunds remarks that the Saturn Outlook "immediately stood out as something to pay attention to" when it debuted last year. Kelley Blue Book reviewers report that the 2008 Saturn Outlook is "taller than a wagon and sleeker than an SUV," part of "a growing number of crossover vehicles that actually look like crossover vehicles." They add "the Outlook's grille is dominated by a thick chrome bar that represents the new face of Saturn." For those wanting to differentiate their 2008 Saturn Outlook, ConsumerGuide points out that Saturn offers "Special paint" and "Premium paint" options on the XE and XR Saturn Outlooks.
The interior of the 2008 Saturn Outlook also receives praise for its clean styling in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com. ConsumerGuide is impressed that the "gauges are large, clear, and conveniently backlit even with headlights off." They add that the "controls are logically placed, including an intuitive audio deck." Kelley Blue Book reviewers find "the 2008 Saturn Outlook's passenger cabin attractive and comfortable," and note that the "Outlook XE models get metallic trim," while "XR models get a wood-like trim." Edmunds also appreciates the styling of the Saturn Outlook's interior, praising it as "both functional and pleasing to the eye," although they say that "many of the buttons on the dashboard are a bit too small and similar-looking, making them hard to find and operate."