Avg. Price Paid:$10,625 - $12,910
Original MSRP: $28,625 - $33,035
MPG: 16 City / 24 Hwy
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2008 Saturn Outlook Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Saturn Outlook was new.

The Saturn Outlook's eight-passenger cabin gets a pretty high ranking for its comfortable three-row seating arrangement, overall fit and finish, and generous cargo space. Kelley Blue Book says that "from the windshield to the tailgate, we found the Outlook's passenger cabin attractive and comfortable," and the Detroit News adds the Outlook is no "humdrum family hauler." MarketWatch says the SUV has "a luxury car feel with some nearly soft-to-the-touch dash surfaces that are well integrated and do not look cheap."


In general, reviewers are genuinely satisfied with the 2008 Saturn Outlook's seating arrangement. "All three rows of seats offer near-minivan levels of space, and real-size adults can comfortably fit even in the third row, which is something that cannot be said about the back rows of GM's truck-based full-size SUVs, the Tahoe and the Yukon, even though the Outlook and the Tahoe/Yukon are similar in size," says Car and Driver. The Chicago Tribune adds, "There's ample head, leg, arm and knee room in any row," and "all seats are cozy and have long enough bottoms to provide good thigh support for long-distance rides, which is essential in a vehicle that can hold eight."

In regards to the Outlook's front bucket seats, USA Today claims they're "uncommonly comfortable." With the exception of few comfort woes, space in the Outlook's second row is comparable to the first. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, "In the second row, divided one-third and two-thirds, there's ample space for three adults, although the center-rear passenger has a harder seating surface and no headrest." USA Today adds, "The middle row is good, but too close to the floor for adult comfort." Still, the New York Times boasts, "The second-row seats slide forward and backward and also recline; the entire seat structure pivots and slides forward to offer notably easy access to the third row." The Chicago Tribune adds, "The second-row seat slides forward or backward depending on which row needs the most legroom." In fact, the "Smart Slide Seat" is one of Kelley Blue Book's favorite features.

Auto writers are most surprised by the level of comfort afforded by the Outlook's third row seat. "The third row is surprisingly good," exclaims USA Today. Kelley Blue Book explains, "Unlike so many third rows that are best suited for small people and short trips, the Outlook's roomy back row doesn't feel at all like a penalty box." According to Edmunds, "the 2008 Saturn Outlook might be the best hope for minivan-averse families. The Outlook seats up to eight people, and there's enough room for the ones in the rearmost row to be full-grown adults." Nevertheless, USA Today complains that "the second row is clumsy to shove forward for access to the third row. The cushion pops up with a jerk as you push the seat forward. The idea is to open more room for the seat to move forward, but the cushion releases so roughly that it always feels as if you broke something."

Interior Features

Reviewers are generally pleased with the 2008 Saturn Outlook's interior appointments. According to the Boston Globe, "Mostly I was impressed by the quality of the fit and finish. Like Cadillac, GM is equipping its Saturns with textured materials for the dash, doors, and even the windshield pillars. Gray slate atop the dash, bisected by wood strips in the XR model, gives way to textured tans below." While USA Today boasts that "the leather-covered steering wheel is close to perfect in size, shape, thickness," Cars.com declares, "The base, adorned Outlook is reasonably well-equipped."

The Saturn Outlook comes outfitted with driver and front passenger bucket seats, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, rear seat HVAC with climate control, power locks/windows, a remote keyless entry system, and a six-speaker CD/MP3 player with AM/FM stereo and auxiliary input jack. For 2008, Saturn adds XM Satellite Radio as a standard feature.

Additional standard features for the XR include an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat with power lumbar support, leather-wrapped steering wheel, steering wheel audio controls, auto-dimming mirror with compass, dual-zone climate control, and a Universal Home Remote -- which opens garage doors and security systems.

Additional Features

Included in the 2008 Outlook's Advanced Audio Package is a six-disc in-dash CD/MP3 player with AM/FM stereo, 300-watt amplifier, nine speakers, subwoofer, auxiliary input jack, speed-compensated volume, and a audio controls in the rear seat. When purchased for the Outlook XE, this package also includes dual-zone automatic climate control.

Available for the Outlook XE and XR is Saturn's Convenience Package -- which includes driver seat memory presets and a four-way adjustable power front-passenger seat with power lumbar support. A six-way power adjustable driver seat is also available for the Outlook XE.

Included in the Outlook XR's Premium Trim Package are leather-upholstered first and second row seats, as well as heated front seats.

A navigation system is bundled in either the XR's Convenience Package or the Audio packages, but you should also note that portable devices are avaialble for a fraction of the price. Check out our GPS reviews for more information on what's offered.


In regards to cargo room, most auto reviewers offer the 2008 Outlook praise. Carz Unlimited boasts, "Considering how accommodating the third row is, there's decent cargo volume behind it, roughly 20 cubic feet." Kelley Blue Book agrees: "Even with the third row occupied, the Outlook still offers generous cargo room in back."

To be exact, every 2008 Saturn Outlook maintains 123 cubic feet of cargo space. While it offers 19.7 cubic feet of space behind the third row, cargo room is expanded to 68.9 cubic feet when the third row seat is folded. Moreover, the 2008 Outlook maintains 116.9 cubic feet of cargo area when both the second and third row seats are folded flat. The Chicago Tribune explains, "Outlook has three rows of seats, which leaves a small, but adequate, cargo hold in back. If you need more hauling room, pull the levers on either side of the third-row split bench seats and the backs drop flat to hold more cargo. Pull-straps on the seat backs help raise the third row into place. Second-row seats also fold flat." Additional cargo space can be found under the cargo area's floor, within the front cabin's center console, and elsewhere.

Review Last Updated: 2/18/09

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