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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
quality is such that it isn't a distraction”
Kelley Blue Book
Refined engine is muted in routine driving
Hard-to-the-touch interior plastics whisper 'cheap
Car and Driver
The quality of the 2009 Saturn Outlook is a noticeable improvement compared to older models, and it provides roomy comfort to its passengers.
The 2009 Saturn Outlook offers impressive amounts of cargo room. Edmunds reviewers are impressed that "luggage capacity is 19.7 cubic feet with all seats up and a class-leading 117 cubic feet with all rear seats down." ConsumerGuide agrees, awarding the Saturn Outlook a perfect 10 in the cargo category and reporting "good room behind the 3rd row," along with "generally good cabin storage," which "includes a large glove box, multilevel console bin, and roomy door pockets." Practicality is further enhanced by the "Smart Slide second-row seat that flips and slides in one motion to provide exceptionally easy access to the roomy third row," according to Kelley Blue Book.
The 2009 Saturn Outlook crossover also offers a spacious cabin that can "seat up to eight passengers," according to Automobile, and reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that it does so in impressive comfort.
Cars.com finds that buyers "can option second-row captain's chairs," which lowers total seating capacity to seven. Even the backseats of the 2009 Saturn Outlook, traditionally the bane of anyone who's undergone puberty, are roomy—ConsumerGuide attests that "third-row accommodations are far better than even some large SUVs, and there's adult-size room for even mid-distance trips." Up front, ConsumerGuide reports that the Saturn Outlook features "supportive seats," and "among the largest midsize SUVs, Outlook's cabin feels especially roomy." Edmunds says that "the first- and second-row seats should be comfortable for almost anyone," and Car and Driver declares, "all three rows of seats offer near-minivan levels of space." On the XR trim of the Saturn Outlook,
Kelley Blue Book best sums up reviewer sentiment regarding the 2009 Saturn Outlook’s interior, saying, "although there are some larger expanses of plastic up front, the quality is such that it isn't a distraction." Automobile contends that interior quality "is along the lines of the new Chevrolet Silverado—which is to say, much better than past GM offerings but still not as refined as we'd like." Cars.com is a bit more forgiving, remarking that the Saturn Outlook's "surfaces aren't all soft to the touch, but they are low gloss and look more expensive" than previous editions, though they mark down the Saturn Outlook for "some rough seams on the molded plastic parts." In terms of the other materials, Edmunds reviewers feel that "the faux wood in XR models is convincing enough, and the overall quality of interior materials is impressive."
An extremely quiet cabin is one of the Saturn Outlook's most frequently mentioned characteristics. Motor Trend notes that the 2009 Saturn Outlook is "hush-quiet," so much so that "with the Outlook at speed, you can almost hear your fingers rubbing against the leather steering-wheel rim." Car and Driver also says the 2009 Saturn Outlook is "extremely quiet inside at speed."
GM’s new higher-quality approach shows in the comfortable, refined 2009 Saturn Outlook.