Saturn Outlook Review

Posted on 20. Nov, 2006 by in Auto News

Soccer Moms, the fossil-feasting truck SUVs known for their parental responsibilities adopted the truth: the genre fall out of fashion faster than Sony's PS2. Style-conscious sprog tractor mover now want a spacious rug-rat, the flow is not no tankers or cry mommy van. For they are crossovers The Next Big Thing. They are eyeing vehicles like the new Saturn Outlook, the first completely new GM Lambda platform-based crossover (will follow the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave). The Outlook replaced follow the TWAT-winning Relay minivan is not exactly a hard act. However, the Outlook will break a leg?

It is immediately clear that the Saturn Outlook is a pseudo-SUV (aka soft-roaders) crossover rather than a bold moving. Although the Outlook rides four inches lower than the last Chevrolet Tahoe, it is just as wide and sits on a wheelbase is three inches longer. GM designers have to hide an excellent job, the vehicle mass performed using muscle-bound curves and a hidden D-pillar (creating panoramic rear window) to the Outlook look lightweight and elegant. The result falls squarely in the genre sweet spot: a handsome, rugged-looking vehicle robbed the bluster defeating traditional SUV.

That is, the Outlook provides middle attack schnoz not the new Saturn (Opel) forms as well as the aura or SKY. The Outlook cliff frontend contains far too many design elements-creases, folds, bumps, light elements, etc. – to form a coherent whole. The Outlook back-end as abruptly ends, with very little overhang or bumper protection (GM does not sell much spare lift gates.). But the rear design, complete with an up-tilted ass in the great French tradition, is far more effective.

The Outlook interior is full of pleasant plastics and padded door panels and armrests (with honest-to-god stitching). The materials are reasonable, used to create a calm feel, quality, night bathing amber LED lights (a la Audi), the center console and shifter in a warm glow. Unfortunately fails the Outlook imitation wood with elegant polymers (those of you is with a satin-nickel addiction fix less than a nickel bag here) mix. Seats available touch-screen DVD navigation system, heated memory, dual moon roof, xenon headlamps, remote start and power liftgate are sure the Coach purse please crowd and press the Outlook sub-$ 30k starting price in the low-40's .

Outlook Given the relatively slender-looking sheet metal, the interior packaging is exemplary. The middle and rear seats comfortably accommodate full-size adults, not only bilateral amputee. Even better, provides innovative GM SmartSlide system that the average number of moves out of the way faster than Paris Hilton in front of a bar tab. Even with all eight passengers on board, the Outlook is have more usable rear legroom and cargo capacity than the newish GMT900 SUVs. Provided to carry out more than £ 4,500. Need, the case for relative flight is convincing.

The Outlook pits GM 3.6-liter VVT six. Against 4936 pounds of SUV (all wheel drive) As you can imagine, the 270-horse (275 in XR trim) Outlook not exactly what you'd call fast, zero is 60 over eight seconds. But neither is it particularly slow. The six-speed clutch-to-clutch automatic is making good use of the Outlook-251 ft.-lbs. of twist. In-gear grunt is always for a stroll, well-timed passing and highway cruising available. You can add a little more oomph by manually using the up / down to find the thumb rocker mounted on the console shift lever, or just go on the go-pedal and wait your damn turn easily.

Nicely at the speed of Outlook helmet weights up to feel with admirable on-center. The massive 255/60-19 tires Touring XR is (strengthening lateral and not mix super-size-me American physiques) outgrip the seats. The Outlook aluminum-intensive suspension coilover strut (front) and H-arm (rear) – delivers a competent compromise between corner control and the need to keep buried the children "Big Gulps Obviously, this will Outlook weight it no favors in. the curves, but SUV refugees enjoy the inherent advantages of the car stiffer and lower suspension rel.

The Outlook 13 ventilated "four disc brakes are perfectly adequate for the stop-n-go Urban Assault duty, use it in anger, and they fade faster than K-Fed fame even more important for the Outlook target market, the crossover standard OnStar, StabiliTrak. , side airbags and three-row head curtain to provide passive protection kiddy have come to expect chauffeurs. And the front-drive Outlook 18/26 mpg (17/24 for all wheel drive) has more in the college fund than Yukosubtaholade, Aspango or Exploragator.

The Outlook is an excellent choice for SUV refugees, a vehicle with better mileage and more efficient packaging that style to get scared. Their feet wet (with optional all-wheel drive) Or people who just do not struggle through to buy a minivan.