2009 Saturn Outlook vs. Its Competition

2009 Saturn Outlook

Shoppers looking for vehicles in this class prefer the passenger space of a minivan without the outward design of one, and in most cases, off-road ability isn’t needed.

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

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

The Toyota Highlander offers 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 Ford Flex—which is basically replacing the Ford Taurus X—holds the trump card for styling.

To most shoppers, the Flex’s distinct boxy appearance and three rows of comfortable seating is a strong selling point; the Flex also promises safety rivaling that of the Outlook.

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2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2008 Toyota Highlander
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Quick Specs
The attractive 2009 Saturn Outlook is a large, comfortable utility vehicle built with families in mind.
The 2009 Ford Flex is one of the most stylish new crossovers, with great passenger room and more features than some minivans.
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.
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.
The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers the same room and amenities that the nonhybrid Highlander does, only with better fuel economy and the badge of honor that comes with driving something that's trying to be green.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door XE4-Door SE FWD2WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door Base (Natl)
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
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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