Saturn jumps into the big SUV market with the all-new 2007 Saturn Outlook. This full-size SUV offers class-leading cargo space, easy access to the third row of seats, and nice handling with a comfortable ride. Yes, there are more athletic options in this segment as well as more luxurious vehicles with more toys and creature comforts, but the Outlook should not be missed by potential buyers. For families in need of decent towing, lots of space with easy access, and solid performance with a nice ride and smooth handling, the Outlook represents a good buy and remains competitive in a popular and crowded segment.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.6-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Saturn Outlook XE, Saturn Outlook XR
The Saturn Outlook starts new for 2007.
The 2007 Saturn Outlook large crossover SUV seats up to eight passengers and comes in two trims: XE and XR. The base XE comes with standard features such as 18-inch wheels and heated exterior mirrors. The XR adds horsepower-boosting dual exhaust. Standalone options depend upon trim and include 19-inch wheels, a power liftgate, and xenon headlights.
The Outlook may not lead the class in looks, but it is no slouch either. It has some style with sleek lines and some flaring. For a utility-first, cargo-hauling beast, the Outlook looks rather nice.
The base XE offers a decent amount of standard interior gear, such as cruise control, full power accessories, air-conditioning with a separate unit for the rear seat, OnStar, and a CD/MP3 player. Moving up to the XR adds steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, a trip computer, an eight-way power driver’s seat, speed-proportional power steering, simulated wood trim throughout the cabin, and dual-zone climate control. Standalone options available for both trims of the 2007 Saturn Outlook include keyless engine start, a navigation system, a premium audio system, a sunroof, second-row captain's chairs, a rear-seat DVD player, leather upholstery, and rear park assist.
The Outlook leads its class when it comes to cargo space and should be a first choice for families that need a lot of utility in a well-mannered pavement warrior. The cabin offers a clean and functional design, uses quality materials, and looks rather pleasant. Access to the third row of seats seems remarkably good, a rarity for large SUVs. The only notable complaint concerns the small controls that aren’t very user-friendly. Aside from this quibble, the cabin of the Outlook gets good marks.
Performance & Handling
Both trims of the Outlook use the same 3.6-liter V-6, producing 270 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. The XR’s dual rear exhaust increases the output slightly to 275 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission provides the only available gearbox, while both trims offer either front drive or all-wheel drive. With the proper equipment, the 2007 Saturn Outlook tows up to 4500 pounds. Certainly the Outlook is not a class leader in respect to performance or towing capacity, but it does have enough power to move that big body through most traffic situations, and the towing capacity should be sufficient for hauling the most typical loads.
Handling is another story. While it doesn’t qualify as sporty, the handling seems quite good for a vehicle weighing in at more than two tons. Steering feels solid and the precise maneuvering inspires confidence. Like many big SUVs, it aims to provide a luxury sedan-like ride more so than a truck-riding experience. The Outlook is quiet, comfortable, and smooth, traits that appeal to a majority of buyers in this segment.
Standard safety features for the 2007 Saturn Outlook include the OnStar system, rollover-sensing stability control, a tire-pressure monitoring system, anti-lock disc brakes, front-seat side-impact airbags, and full-length side-curtain airbags that protect all three rows. The Outlook earns five out of five stars for all but one of the tests conducted by the NHTSA. It still receives four out of five stars for rollover resistance. These top-notch crash safety scores make the Outlook one of the best in-class choices in terms of safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
Saturn Outlook XE: 16/24 mpg city/highway
Saturn Outlook XR: 16/24 mpg city/highway
- Smooth ride
- Cargo capacity
- Easy access to third row
You Won't Like
- Controls aren’t user friendly
Spacious with fine handling, making a good choice in a packed segment.
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