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2008 Saturn Outlook

$3,554 — $10,954 USED
Sport Utility
7-8 Seats
19-20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • SUV-like looks
  • Seats 7 or 8
  • Six airbags standard
  • Standard stability system
  • One year of OnStar standard
  • Third-row seat roominess

The Bad

  • Third row seat access
2008 Saturn Outlook exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2008 Saturn Outlook
  • 270-hp, 3.6-liter V-6
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • New all-wheel-drive system
  • New Panic Brake Assist
  • Available rear backup camera
  • Remote start option
  • Park assist option

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Saturn's large Outlook crossover, introduced for 2007, can seat seven or eight. Available in two trim level designations — XE and XR with front- or all-wheel drive — the Outlook competes against the Ford Freestyle, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. Saturn made a number of additions for 2008, including a rear backup camera, Panic Brake Assist and a new all-wheel-drive system.

Exterior
The Outlook is a nice-looking vehicle, free of the sliding doors that plagued the Relay and designed to look more like a sport utility vehicle than a van or wagon.

The Outlook is characterized by wedge-shaped side mirrors that, well, mirror the shape of the headlight clusters. They look like something you'd see on a concept car.

The Outlook has chrome door handles and bright 18-inch alloy wheels; 19-inch rims are optional. Where the XE has a single exhaust outlet, the XR has twins with slick, squared-off exhaust tips.

New exterior colors for 2008 include Garnet Red, Carbon Flash (which replaces Charcoal) and Platinum Ice, which will be available later in the model year and replace White Diamond.


Interior
The news inside the Outlook is a third row that's comfortable even for 6-foot-tall adults. Whether equipped with a three-passenger bench or twin captain's chairs, the second row features what Saturn calls Smart Slide: To ease third-row access, a single lever slides the second-row chair (or 60/40-split seat segment) forward. The trick is that the seat c...
Vehicle Overview
Saturn's large Outlook crossover, introduced for 2007, can seat seven or eight. Available in two trim level designations — XE and XR with front- or all-wheel drive — the Outlook competes against the Ford Freestyle, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. Saturn made a number of additions for 2008, including a rear backup camera, Panic Brake Assist and a new all-wheel-drive system.

Exterior
The Outlook is a nice-looking vehicle, free of the sliding doors that plagued the Relay and designed to look more like a sport utility vehicle than a van or wagon.

The Outlook is characterized by wedge-shaped side mirrors that, well, mirror the shape of the headlight clusters. They look like something you'd see on a concept car.

The Outlook has chrome door handles and bright 18-inch alloy wheels; 19-inch rims are optional. Where the XE has a single exhaust outlet, the XR has twins with slick, squared-off exhaust tips.

New exterior colors for 2008 include Garnet Red, Carbon Flash (which replaces Charcoal) and Platinum Ice, which will be available later in the model year and replace White Diamond.


Interior
The news inside the Outlook is a third row that's comfortable even for 6-foot-tall adults. Whether equipped with a three-passenger bench or twin captain's chairs, the second row features what Saturn calls Smart Slide: To ease third-row access, a single lever slides the second-row chair (or 60/40-split seat segment) forward. The trick is that the seat cushion springs upward, allowing the seat to move closer to the front row's backrests. It's some nifty engineering, but I can't say it makes getting into the third-row easy for adults.

The seats also adjust fore and aft to parcel out legroom where it's needed most. The second and third rows fold flat into the floor in a single motion. Considering how accommodating the third row is, there's decent cargo volume behind it, roughly 20 cubic feet. (Folding seats allow cargo and passenger areas to share space, but full seats often make for very little cargo room.) A bin under the cargo floor offers generous contiguous covered storage — not the pocket-here, pocket-there approach found in some vehicles. The maximum cargo volume with all seats folded is 117 cubic feet. A console with storage, cupholders and a 12-volt outlet will be available between the second row captain's chairs later in the model year. Also for 2008, the control for the rear wiper has been moved from the column-mounted windshield wiper stalk to the center console.

Interior options include leather upholstery, a fixed rear skylight separate from the front moonroof, a power liftgate, remote engine start, a DVD video system and a navigation system. XM Satellite Radio is now standard.


Under the Hood
The Outlook's sole engine is a 270-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6, which drives either the front or all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. The dual-exhaust XR model makes 275 hp. For 2008, all-wheel-drive models will feature an Active On Demand system that manages the torque split between the front and rear axles, putting more power to different axles as needed.

Safety
The Outlook includes dual-stage front airbags, front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags for torso protection and side curtain airbags that provide head protection for all three seat rows. The curtains are designed to deploy in a rollover, both to cushion occupants and prevent their ejection.

Antilock brakes are standard and now feature Panic Break Assist, which provides additional brake pressure when panic breaking is detected. Traction control, an electronic stability system and a tire pressure monitoring system are standard; sonar park assist is available.

For 2008, a rear backup camera is included with the navigation system.

OnStar comes standard, including one free year of Safe and Sound service, which alerts authorities in the event of a collision and provides crash data.


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.2
40 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

Read reviews that mention:

(3.0)

Less issues than my newer vehicle

by tdwade207921 on August 8, 2018

The car has met all my families needs, has traveled all across the country as well as up and down the country as well. It seats 8, although we rarely used the back seat. Highway driving at speed is ... Read full review

(3.0)

Buyer Beware

by Rebecca from Hatton, ND on July 29, 2018

I browsed Cars.com for 2 years looking for the right car for our growing family. We own a 2003 Saturn ION that we love so we decided to stay in the Saturn family and look for an Outlook. We found a ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2008 Saturn Outlook currently has 5 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2008 Saturn Outlook XE

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Outlook received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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