Used 2009 Saturn Outlook

2009 Saturn Outlook
MSRP Range
$30,625 - $36,450

Pros & Cons

  • Plenty of room for people or cargo, smooth ride, easy access to all seats, drives smaller than it really is, above-average towing capacity.
  • Small dashboard buttons aren't user-friendly, transmission can be slow to downshift.
Saturn Outlook years
Saturn Outlook for Sale

Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2009 Saturn Outlook is the least desirable model out of GM's "Lambda" stable, but it still provides just about everything you'll need from a large crossover SUV.

Vehicle overview

Now in its third year, the Saturn Outlook continues to be one of the better choices for a large family in need of transportation. Thanks to its spacious dimensions and class-leading cargo space, the Outlook can easily serve as a respectable minivan replacement. And the Outlook's all-wheel drive and respectable towing capacity ensures SUV-like versatility.

This year, Saturn has updated the Outlook's V6 with direct fuel-injection technology, which provides a bit more horsepower and torque as compared to last year. The rest of the powertrain remains the same, although Saturn's made sure to keep the rest of the Outlook up to date with its entertainment and convenience features by adding Bluetooth phone capability and some new, upgraded Bose audio systems.

The Outlook is one of four vehicles based on General Motors' "Lambda" platform -- the others are the Buick Enclave, the all-new Chevrolet Traverse and the GMC Acadia. Previous to this, the Saturn was the least expensive of the original three, yet it was the slowest selling by a considerable margin. Now there's the Traverse, which is priced similarly yet is more distinctively styled and has more available features.

Meanwhile, the Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Highlander are all comparable in size and price. Even the new Ford Flex is worth considering, as it offers agile carlike handling combined with a modern, sleek design. But considering its overall capabilities, the 2009 Saturn Outlook remains a great choice for families in need of space and utility.

Saturn Outlook models

The 2009 Saturn Outlook is a large crossover SUV with seating for up to eight passengers. There are two trim lines: XE and XR. The base XE features 18-inch wheels, full power accessories, heated exterior mirrors, cruise control, air-conditioning with rear controls, OnStar, an MP3/CD player and satellite radio. The XR adds roof rails, foglights, variable-effort power steering, a power driver seat, leather seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with remote audio controls, wood-grain interior trim, dual-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and Bluetooth.

Options, depending on the trim level, include xenon headlights, a dual-pane sunroof, a power liftgate, remote engine start, rear parking sensors, premium audio systems, a rear DVD entertainment system and a navigation system with a back-up camera and real-time traffic updates. Other options include front seat heaters, a power passenger seat and driver memory positioning. If you order second-row captain's chairs, seating capacity drops to seven but you gain an optional center console between the seats. In addition, many of the XR's standard features can be added to the base model. A variety of wheel choices and sizes are also available, including optional 20-inch wheels on XR trims.

2009 Highlights

The 2009 Saturn Outlook gets a bump in power and torque thanks to direct-injection technology for the 3.6-liter V6. Bluetooth is now optional on the base XE trim levels and standard on the upgraded XR trims. There are also two new optional Bose audio systems, real-time traffic capability for the navigation system and optional 20-inch wheels for the XR trim level.

Performance & mpg

The Outlook XE has a 3.6-liter V6 rated at 281 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The XR model's dual exhaust boosts those numbers to 288 hp and 270 lb-ft. Power is sent through a standard six-speed automatic transmission, and both trims are available as either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Properly equipped, the Outlook is capable of towing up to 4,500 pounds. The front-drive 2009 Outlook rates 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined. The AWD version checks in at just 1 mpg less.


Standard safety features include antilock brakes, rollover-sensing stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and GM's OnStar service. In crash tests, the 2009 Saturn Outlook scored an optimal five out of five stars in both front- and side-impact evaluations conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


While the 2009 Saturn Outlook doesn't have the sporty character of, say, the Mazda CX-9, it's easy and pleasant to drive, especially considering the vehicle's size and hefty 4,700-pound curb weight. The ride quality is smooth and forgiving without being overly soft. And although the fuel economy-minded six-speed automatic transmission can be sluggish with downshifts, the new V6's additional power should be enough to pull the Outlook through during demanding driving.


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.

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. Cargo capacity is 24 cubic feet with all seats up, and a class-leading 117 cubic feet with all rear seats down.


Overallundefined / 5

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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2009 Saturn Outlook.

5 star reviews: 75%
4 star reviews: 6%
3 star reviews: 6%
2 star reviews: 13%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.4 stars based on 16 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

4.875 out of 5 stars, Great Vehicle except...

I've owned the XR for a about 1 year and it has been great. The only drawback is the transmission is a little sluggish when trying to excelerate in automatic mode. The problem is reduced when you use manual mode. If you know you are coming up on a situation like entering a crowded interstate you'll need to manually downshift to 4 or 5 to be able to have sufficient power to merge. The first time I did this I was in automatic mode and scared the hell out of me. The another minor item is when filling the tank. Be aware that a sleeve is in the opening so the nosel is partically sealed triggering shutoff prematurely. I can get another 2-3 gallon in the tank by pulling the nosel back when filling.

5 out of 5 stars, great suv

I have almost had this vehicle for a year. I just love it. It drives like a dream and I get very good gas mileage on mine. I love the style and look of it. It has plenty of room and is very comfortable to drive and ride in. Wish I hadn't got the black interior because it shows everything. But other than that it is my third Saturn and like with the others, I have had a great experience.

4.875 out of 5 stars, Road Manners to be Proud Of

This vehicle handles and feels more like a large upscale sports sedan than an 8 passenger SUV. If needed, there is plenty of power from the direct injection engine. The six speed transmission helps with rapid acceleration and the highway gas mileage. However, you have to have a light touch on the gas pedal to obtain decent gas mileage in stop and go driving. The interior is spacious, the seats are extremely comfortable and the sunroof and backseat skylight are a nice touch.

4.875 out of 5 stars, I love this car!

This is by far the most elegant and stable suv I have ever owned. I've had a Chrysler Pacifica, a Jeep Commander and my last was a Ford Edge. They all pale in comparison to the Outlook.

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Features & Specs

XE 4dr SUV features & specs
XE 4dr SUV
3.6L 6cyl 6A
MPG 17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 8
6-speed shiftable automatic
281 hp @ 6300 rpm

XR 4dr SUV features & specs
XR 4dr SUV
3.6L 6cyl 6A
MPG 17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 8
6-speed shiftable automatic
288 hp @ 6300 rpm

XE 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
3.6L 6cyl 6A
MPG 16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 8
6-speed shiftable automatic
281 hp @ 6300 rpm

XR 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
3.6L 6cyl 6A
MPG 16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 8
6-speed shiftable automatic
288 hp @ 6300 rpm

See all Used 2009 Saturn Outlook features & specs


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

Is the Saturn Outlook a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2009 Outlook both on the road and at the track. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2009 Outlook gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 16 reviews) You probably care about Saturn Outlook fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Outlook gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Outlook has 24.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Saturn Outlook. Learn more
Is the Saturn Outlook reliable?
To determine whether the Saturn Outlook is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Outlook. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Outlook's 4-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2009 Saturn Outlook a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2009 Saturn Outlook is a good car. Our consumer reviews show that the 2009 Outlook gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 16 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2009 Outlook is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2009 Saturn Outlook?

The least-expensive 2009 Saturn Outlook is the 2009 Saturn Outlook XE 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $30,625.

Other versions include:

  • XE 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $30,625
  • XR 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $34,450
  • XE 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $32,625
  • XR 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $36,450
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What are the different models of Saturn Outlook?
If you're interested in the Saturn Outlook, the next question is, which Outlook model is right for you? Outlook variants include XE 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A), XR 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A), XE 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A), and XR 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A). For a full list of Outlook models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2009 Saturn Outlook

Used 2009 Saturn Outlook Overview

The Used 2009 Saturn Outlook is offered in the following submodels: Outlook SUV. Available styles include XE 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A), XR 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A), XE 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A), and XR 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2009 Saturn Outlook?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2009 Saturn Outlook and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2009 Outlook 4.4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2009 Outlook.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2009 Saturn Outlook and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2009 Outlook featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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Should I lease or buy a 2009 Saturn Outlook?

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