Designers combined SUV styling with the practicality of a minivan to create the 2009 Outlook. This somehow avoids the bad connotations attached to minivans, yielding a vehicle that’s attractive but can still get the kids to soccer practice.
Basically unchanged from the 2007 model year, the 2009 Saturn Outlook’s appeal continues to be an attractive crossover in a market with increasing options. Edmunds remarks that the Saturn Outlook "immediately stood out as something to pay attention to" when it debuted in 2007. Kelley Blue Book reviewers report that the 2009 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 2009 Saturn Outlook, ConsumerGuide points out that Saturn offers "Special paint" and "Premium paint" options on the XE and XR Saturn Outlooks. 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."
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com praise the 2009 Saturn Outlook for its clean styling. 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." Kelley Blue Book reviewers find "the 2009 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." Consumer Guide 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."