The 2009 Saturn Outlook scores incredibly well in crash tests, and it offers some tantalizing safety features—important factors for a vehicle geared toward families who rate safety at the top of their lists when considering the purchase of a new vehicle.
In both driver- and passenger-side front-impact tests, the 2009 Saturn Outlook scored a perfect five-star rating from the federal government. 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 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. From the IIHS, the Outlook garnered a top "good" rating in both the side-impact and seat-based rear-impact tests.
For such a large vehicle, the 2009 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." Though the view directly to the back is a bit compromised, the Saturn Outlook makes up for that with "sonar rear parking." Then again, Cars.com points out that the sonar "pales in comparison to a rearview camera, which some competitors offer."
The 2009 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 2009 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 2009 Saturn Outlooks.