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in 2009 Affordable Midsize SUVs

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Original MSRP: $30,625 - $36,450
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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Used Car: 2009 Saturn Outlook Review

Review Last Updated: 12/28/12

The 2009 Saturn Outlook is a family-friendly vehicle that delivers competitive safety scores, a spacious cabin and decent fuel economy for its size. However, its reliability isn’t the best and its interior materials aren’t as nice competitors’.

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When it was new, the 2009 Saturn Outlook shared many attributes with its corporate cousins, the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse, 2009 GMC Acadia and 2009 Buick Enclave. With almost 116 cubic feet of cargo space, the Outlook is one of the most cavernous three-row crossovers on the market. Though some competing 2009 midsize SUVs offer more standard features, reviewers said the Outlook was a good choice for a minivan alternative, thanks to its comfortable, smooth ride and seating for eight. The Outlook also offers an excellent safety score.

The Outlook isn’t the perfect SUV, though. Critics disliked its lackluster acceleration, and its reliability score is low for the class. The 2009 Saturn Outlook comes in XE and XR trims, both of which are available with front- or all-wheel drive. A 3.6-liter V6 is the only engine offered, though the XR model offers a bit more power thanks to its dual exhaust system. Fuel economy is average for a three-row crossover, with an EPA rating of 17/24 mpg city/highway in front-wheel drive models.

Out of all its siblings, the Saturn is the least luxurious, but standard interior features include a six-speaker stereo with CD player, GM’s OnStar telematics system and cruise control. Higher trim levels offer features like dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, leather upholstery and wood-grain trim, but if you want a truly luxurious version of this SUV, you should consider Buick’s or Chevrolet’s offerings instead. 

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re considering the Outlook, it makes sense to cross-shop it against the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse. The two SUVs are very similar, so everything reviewers liked about the Saturn you’ll find on the Chevy. That includes lots of cargo space, seating for eight and a smooth ride. The Chevrolet Traverse matches the Outlook’s safety ratings, but also gets better reliability. Since the Traverse mitigates some of the Outlook’s weak points, it’s a good alternative to consider.

The 2009 Honda Pilot delivers capable family transportation, with seating for up to eight and a basic, functional interior. While some test drivers took issue with the Pilot’s polarizing looks, most appreciated its comfortable ride and spacious interior.

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