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Saturn Outlook Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.6 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 275 hp @ 6600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Saturn Outlook

  • With pleasant handling and class-leading cargo room, the 2007 Saturn Outlook is a strong pick for those seeking family transportation with the versatility to accommodate big loads.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Smooth ride quality, easy access to third-row seat, outstanding cargo capacity.

  • Cons

    Small control buttons aren't user-friendly.

  • What's New for 2007

    The Saturn Outlook is an all-new crossover SUV that seats up to eight passengers.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (41 total reviews)  |  Write a Review


Design debacle

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Vehicle: 2007 Saturn Outlook XR 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

Writing in after being outraged at a $3000 timing chain replacement, most of it 17 hours of mechanic's labor. Come on GM, timing belts and chain replacement are as given on a car as is the tires. Why would you approve a design that requires dropping the engine to replace them! On a Honda or other Japanese car, it's $400-500 event. Not so for GM. I bought the 07 new. I haven't had a great deal of trouble, like some here who have all kinds of failures. But there were some: the lift gate which has a complicated motorized latch, failed so that it remained unlatched while driving. There was simply no way to hold it shut. Dangerous! Then it was $400 to have that fixed. All electrical.




Buyer beware!! gm knows about

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Vehicle: 2007 Saturn Outlook XR 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

There are not enough characters allowed to convey all the problems you will have if you purchase this car. We bought ours new in 07 and loved the space in the car and how it drove. Within the first year we started having problems with leaking from the sunroof, windows, airbags, under the glove box. We had to pay $600 for repairs when hundreds of others had complained to GM about the same problem. GM has a recall/bulletin on the exterior lights but say our VIN number is not included so even thought we have the exact problem they won't even listen to us b/c of the VIN number. Crazy! Do Yourself A Favor....Stay away from this car!




Love it & hate it

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Vehicle: 2007 Saturn Outlook XR 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

We bought our Outlook used with 40K miles, and thankfully I bought an extended warranty, it's paid for itself many times over already in the 2 and 1/2 years we've owned this car. We traded in a Mazda MPV minivan with 140K miles that needed maybe $800 worth of repairs over the 6+ years we owned it. The Saturn on the other hand has cost over $5000 in repairs. Luckily the warranty covered all but about $800-900. I was able to get the timing chain repaired under the recall and an issue with the transmission as well. We've had issues with the AC, heating vents, sunroofs pour in water, brakes replaced many times, oil leaks (major), will not stay aligned, tires are junk, poor paint quality etc.




$1000 in repairs

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Vehicle: 2007 Saturn Outlook XR 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

Bought it new in May 2007. Happy to to trade it in. From day 1, loud tire noise due to poorly designed or def tires and they lasted only 40k miles....before the tire replacement the AC went out...a leak in one of the hoses (after the warranty expired) Cost: $300 to repair. The road noise went away after the tires were replaced. Had decent feul eco for size but dissapoointed in quality.




Outlook

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Vehicle: 2007 Saturn Outlook XR 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

Good car in the desert but week in the rainy areas. Sunroof leaks because of poor design, drain tubes to short, drain tubes not connected. Rain causes shorts in the electrical system and disables much of your equipment until able to completely dry out. Rain comes in from the just below the sunroof all the way back to the second row passenger airbags as well as down the firewall onto the driver floor. This causes your shoes to soak up water and become slippery on the petals.




Big and comfortable and flexible

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Vehicle: 2007 Saturn Outlook XR 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

We were looking for a 7-8 passenger vehicle and chose the Outlook over the CX-9. The Outlook's extra space was well worth it. I've sat in the rear row with my daughter with no problem. The middle row has all the room of a limousine when pushed all the way back. My wife gets ~17 mpg in all-city driving. I get 20-24 mpg on the highway but driving over 65 really kills the mileage the faster you go. This was our first GM car and we had a number of build quality issues: catching compartment door, finicky reading-light switches, dead seat heater. It was one of the first 1000 built though if I read the VIN correctly.



Full 2007 Saturn Outlook Review

What's New for 2007

The Saturn Outlook is an all-new crossover SUV that seats up to eight passengers.

Introduction

Some people will go to any lengths to avoid driving a minivan. Armed with this knowledge, manufacturers have been scrambling to produce large crossovers vehicles that offer minivan spaciousness, SUV styling and a carlike ride. The latest addition to this segment is the 2007 Saturn Outlook, an all-new crossover sport-utility vehicle that seats up to eight passengers.

The Outlook is definitely a plus-size vehicle; in terms of dimensions, it just about matches those of a Chevy Tahoe. Buyers have the choice of two trims. Opt for the base XE trim and you get standard features like power windows and locks, cruise control and an in-dash CD player. The more luxe XR trim offers amenities like an eight-way power driver seat, faux wood trim and dual-zone climate control.

The 2007 Saturn Outlook gets its juice from a choice of 3.6-liter V6s that generate 270 or 275 horsepower. The engines boast excellent power, torque and fuel economy, and offer exceptional smoothness. At over 4,700 pounds, the Outlook is no lightweight, but its handling is impressive. Slide behind the wheel and you would think you were piloting a considerably smaller vehicle.

Within the Outlook's doors lies an attractive, useful interior. The cabin offers a three-passenger, 60/40-split third-row bench seat; it's comfortable for two adults, but isn't recommended for three. Two second-row seating choices are available: a 60/40 split bench seat that seats three, or two captain's chairs. Standard on both configurations is an innovative new feature called Smart Slide that makes access to the third row a breeze. With the flick of a lever, the second-row seat cushion flips up while the seatback slides forward, thus widening the path for those hoping to find a seat in back. Class-leading cargo capacity is another Outlook asset. With the second and third rows folded, the ute holds an impressive 117 cubic feet.

The 2007 Saturn Outlook -- which shares a platform with the pricier GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave -- is a solid entry, but it's in a segment that features many strong contenders. The Honda Pilot is slightly more affordable and offers an impressive degree of overall competence. And though a couple grand more expensive than the Outlook, the sporty Mazda CX-9 offers a lot more fun behind the wheel. However, neither of these vehicles can match the Outlook when it comes to cargo capacity. If accommodating lots of cargo isn't a priority, we'd recommend taking a look at the Honda and the Mazda. But if you're looking for a family hauler that's versatile enough to take on even the bulkiest loads, the Saturn Outlook shines as a top choice.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Saturn Outlook is a large crossover SUV that seats up to eight passengers. There are two trims: XE and XR. The base XE offers standard features like 18-inch wheels, full power accessories, heated exterior mirrors, cruise control, air-conditioning with a separate unit for the rear seat, OnStar and a CD/MP3 player. Step up to the XR trim and you get a trip computer, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, an eight-way power driver seat, speed-proportional power steering, simulated wood trim throughout the cabin and dual-zone climate control. Options, depending on trim, include 19-inch wheels, a power liftgate, xenon headlights, a navigation system, keyless engine start, a premium audio system, a sunroof, second-row captain's chairs, a rear-seat DVD player, leather upholstery and rear park assist.

Powertrains and Performance

The standard power plant for the Outlook XE is a 3.6-liter V6 rated at 270 hp and 248 pound-feet of torque. The XR model's dual rear exhaust helps boost the output slightly to 275 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent through a standard six-speed automatic transmission, and both trims are available as either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Saturn's largest SUV is capable of towing up to 4,500 pounds.

Safety

Standard safety features include rollover-sensing stability control, OnStar, a tire-pressure monitoring system, antilock disc brakes, front seat side impact airbags and full-length side-curtain airbags that protect all three rows.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Outlook offers a cabin that's both functional and pleasant to look at. The faux wood in XR models is convincing enough, and the overall quality of interior materials is impressive. One gripe concerns the size of the ute's control buttons. Many of the buttons are so small and/or similar that they're difficult to locate and operate.

Accessing the third row is easy, thanks to a feature called Smart Slide. This feature allows second-row seat cushions to flip up as the seatback slides forward, creating a wider path of entry for those seeking a perch in the rearmost row. Luggage capacity is 19.7 cubic feet. With the second and third rows folded, available cargo room swells to a class-leading 117 cubes.

Driving Impressions

The 2007 Saturn Outlook doesn't aspire to be sporty and thus doesn't quite fall into the "fun to drive" camp, but it's not ponderous either; it handles with more confidence than you'd expect from a vehicle weighing more than 4,700 pounds. Ride quality is forgiving without being wallowy. Its 3.6-liter V6s are smooth at almost every rev range and deliver enough power to handle most performance demands with ease.

Talk About The 2007 Outlook

Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 24
  • highway
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