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This is a four door eight passenger SUV. The 2008 Saturn Outlook is GM’s latest entry into the popular crossover market. For 2008 it is available in two trims, the XE and the XR. Both can be ordered as front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.****** The Saturn Outlook gives an awesome performance with its 3.6 L V6 engine with variable valve timing that has 270 horsepower with 248 ft-lbs of torque. The XE model gets slightly more at 275 horsepower. In both cases, the engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

This vehicle has the distinction of being one of the smoothest rides on the non-luxury SUV market. It is built on a sturdy unibody platform and features specialized tuning.

The interior adds to the good impression of this vehicle with its quality materials and design. Standard, there are two rows of seats for eight passengers. You can order second row captain’s chairs for seating for seven. The 60/40 bench folds flat to the floor with simple straps and the middle seat tumbles forward for easy access and storage. The dashboard is also simple to see with easy to use controls with chrome accents.

Standard equipment for the line includes traction control, StabiliTrak with enhanced rollover protection, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, power locks and windows, cruise control, auto headlights, power heated mirrors, front and rear air conditioning, and side head and body air bags. The XR trim takes it up a notch adding in twin exhaust, unique alloy wheels, fog lamps, mirror-mounted turn signals, a power driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, front automatic climate control, and an auto-dimming rear view mirror.

For those consumers wanting more, there are optional features like an audio upgrade, sunroof, power conveniences, a rear seat entertainment system and a remote vehicle start. There are a few complaints about the size and number of the knobs on the dashboard and some of the plastic trim, but overall, the interior is functional and easy to use. When it comes to storage space, the Outlook does well, offering 117 cubic feet of cargo area. Most of the competition offers closer to 90 square feet. The Saturn Outlook is also great as a towing vehicle having a capacity of 4.500 pounds. This is higher than most of the competition.

Safety features for the Saturn Outlook are well done, weull up to Saturn's standards. Standard across the line are the following: power 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, driver and front passenger front airbags with passenger sensing system, driver and front passenger side-impact airbags, front and rear head curtain side airbags, traction control, StabiliTrak w/enhanced rollover protection, and a dual note horn.

In safety crash tests as determined by NHTSA, the Saturn Outlook rated five stars for the driver, passenger and rear passenger in crash tests ratings. It also received four stars for rollover resistance.

This is an excellent vehicle for any family looking for a great way to carry a lot of people without having to go the route of a minivan or full-size, truck-based SUV. For the driver who likes a dose of class and serious fun, the Saturn Outlook deserves strong consideration.

The 2009 Saturn Outlook is a carryover from 2008, with improved power from both engine options. The 2009 Outlook comes in two different trim levels – XE and XR – both of which can be ordered in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. XE editions of the crossover feature a 281 horsepower, 3.6 liter V6 that also provides 266 lb-ft of torque, along with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy checks in at 17 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway for front-wheel drive models. All-wheel drive exacts a 1 mile per gallon penalty on both ratings. The XR improves the output of the same V6 engine to 288 horses, with torque jumping to 270 lb-ft. Transmission choice and fuel economy remain the same.