2008 Saturn Outlook vs. Its Competition

2008 Saturn Outlook XE
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Saturn Outlook competes with some of the roomiest carlike crossover vehicle models, which bring many of the advantages of a minivan, including fuel economy that's much better than traditional truck-based SUVs, though none of these vehicles boasts rugged off-road ability.

The Ford Taurus X has a lower seating position and feels more like a wagon than the Outlook, with a lower cargo floor that's easier to access.

The Taurus X also ranks very high in safety.

The Toyota Highlander has recently been redesigned, with a sleeker appearance and revamped interior appointments.

Then there's the Pilot, which has a simpler, boxier appearance but good performance from its V-6 powertrain.

The CX-9 has a sportier look and feel, and it appeals to those who want to drive a little more enthusiastically.

The Outlook's fuel economy is comparable to that of other mid-size crossover vehicles.

One negative for the Outlook is pricing; the base XE model is a good value, but pile the XR with options and it can approach $45,000, which is as much as some same-size luxury-brand models.

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Saturn Outlook puts a spacious, family-friendly interior above all else, and it doesn't look too much like a minivan.
The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
Don't look to the 2008 Ford Taurus X for driving excitement, but otherwise, it's darn near the most perfect family wagon there is.
The 2008 Mazda CX-9 may be the best-driving full-size seven-passenger crossover out there. It is certainly one of the best looking and appointed.
Most Americans prefer mushy white bread, and the 2008 Toyota Highlander is a larger, high-quality "loaf" that will satisfy most every consumer.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleMid-Size Wagon2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door XE2WD 4-Door LX4-Door Wagon SEL FWDFWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door Base (SE)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door SUV4 Door4 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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