in 2009 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $11,749 - $14,917
Original MSRP: $30,625 - $36,450
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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2009 Saturn Outlook Interior

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The 2009 Outlook has a spacious, family-friendly interior with upscale touches and class-leading cargo space.

  • "The Outlook's cabin is both functional and pleasing to the eye. The faux wood in XR models is convincing enough, and the overall quality of interior materials is impressive. However, many of the buttons on the dashboard are a bit too small and similar-looking, making them hard to find and operate." -- Edmunds
  • "As one of the largest midsize SUVs on the market, the 2009 Saturn Outlook earns top marks for its interior capacity, which can comfortably accommodate eight adult passengers and a class-leading amount of cargo." -- Car Gurus
  • "Outlook's interior combines soft-touch surfaces with hard plastic to overall good effect, though some testers find the fabric upholstery lacks quality feel. One test vehicle suffered an intermittent rattle from beneath the front-seat-area floor." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Slip into the seats of our test Outlook and you can see how serious GM is. It has a luxury car feel with some nearly soft-to-the-touch dash surfaces that are well integrated and do not look cheap." -- MarketWatch


The Outlook's eight seats pleased nearly every reviewer, but auto writers were most surprised by the excellent level of comfort afforded by the third row.

  • "The first- and second-row seats are comfortable and can easily fit children or adults. The third row might not feel as roomy as a minivan, but it still offers more space than the average crossover SUV. Access to rear seating is easy thanks to the second row's 'Smart Slide' feature, which flips the cushions up as the seatback slides forward, creating a wide path of entry." -- Edmunds
  • "With wider dimensions, an adult-size third row, and easy access to the rear seats, the 2009 Outlook provides significant competition to the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. Both second and third rows split-fold nearly flat, with the second row also sliding easily forward and aft to accommodate longer legs or more cargo space." -- Car Gurus
  • "Third-row accommodations are far better than even some large SUVs, and there's adult-size room for even mid-distance trips." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Unlike most of the Outlook's competitors, there is ample room for three adults in the third row, and behind that seat there is nearly 20 cubic feet of cargo space - about the size of the trunk of a large sedan. In some crossovers with three rows, there's hardly room for a good grocery run in the cargo area." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Interior Features

Reviewers were generally pleased with the Saturn Outlook's interior appointments. For 2009, rear obstacle detection and a rearview camera were newly available options. Test drivers said its electronics are easy to use.

  • "Gauges are large, clear, and conveniently backlit even with headlights off. Controls logically placed, including an intuitive audio deck." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The base, adorned Outlook is reasonably well-equipped." -- Cars.com


The Outlook's spacious cargo area received plenty of praise, and it's one of the biggest in its class.

  • "There's decent cargo volume behind the seats, roughly 20 cubic feet. Cargo volume with the seats down is 117 cubic feet. The Outlook's interior is larger than its competitors in both cargo and passenger capacity." -- Cars.com
  • "The 2009 Outlook boasts plenty of in-cabin storage compartments as well, including underfloor compartments in the cargo bay and a rear center console that comes with the optional second-row bucket seats." -- Car Gurus
  • "Cargo capacity is 24 cubic feet with all seats up, and a class-leading 117 cubic feet with all rear seats down." -- Edmunds
  • "Extra small-item storage is available in a handy under-floor compartment. Generally good cabin storage includes a large glovebox, multilevel console bin, and roomy door pockets, though some testers say the console bin is too small for a vehicle this size." -- Consumer Guide

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