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CR Looks at Saturn
Date: Jun 1, 2007
Ranks Among the Best Midsize and Large SUV Models Tested by Consumer
Date: Jul 2, 2007
I just received my copy of CR, and there was a short review, called a
"first look" by CR, of the Outlook in it. For the most part, the review
The article opens with: "Our early impressions of the new Saturn Outlook
crossover indicate that it - and its twin, GMC's Acadia, and cousin,
Buick's Enclave, due this summer - might be the most competitive GM
product in years." It ends by saying the Outlook "drives almost as well
as more upscale models."
They did criticize the automatic's behavior on a slight incline. GM said
it will issue a software patch for that. CR also criticized the rear
blind spot and the hard plastics "evident here and there."
YONKERS, N.Y., July 2, 2007; The new Saturn Outlook emerged as one of
Consumer Reports' top-rated SUV models in tests of eight midsize and
full-size vehicles for the August issue. It easily outpointed
competitors and now ranks as the best SUV from domestic automakers in
The Outlook posted a "Very Good" overall score and is now ranked in
third place -- behind the top-rated Toyota Highlander Hybrid and the
Honda Pilot -- among the 18 midsize SUVs that have recently been tested
by Consumer Reports.
Consumer Reports is also ranking the Outlook against larger, truck-based
SUVs because of its roomy interior and accommodations for up to eight
adults. Among large sport-utility vehicles, the Outlook ranks in
second place, behind the far more expensive Mercedes-Benz GL450. The
Outlook outpoints eight large SUVs in CR's ratings chart including the
Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, and Chevrolet Suburban.
"The Saturn Outlook is the most competitive volume model from General
Motors in years," said David Champion, Senior Director of Consumer
Reports' Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Connecticut.
The Outlook and its twin, the GMC Acadia, are new car-based SUVs that
are being built on the same platform by General Motors, along with the
up-market Buick Enclave, which is due to go on sale later this year.
Almost a foot and a half longer than midsized SUVs such as the Toyota
Highlander, the Outlook is the first car-based SUV that is spacious
enough inside to be a viable alternative to large truck-based models.
That's good news because car-based models tend to provide better
handling, a more comfortable ride, and better fuel economy. The
Outlook delivered 16 mpg in Consumer Reports' tests, which is better
than that of all the large SUV models that have been recently tested.
Its gas mileage is about midpack when compared with midsized SUVs
tested by CR.
The Outlook was tested against the Hyundai Veracruz, Mazda CX-9,
Chrysler Pacifica and the Ford Edge. Prices for those SUVs, equipped
with popular comfort and convenience options such as sunroofs and heated
leather seats, ranged from $33,950 for the Edge to $36,799 for the
Though they didn't perform as well as the Outlook, the Veracruz,
Pacifica, and CX-9 also posted "Very Good" overall scores. The Ford Edge
finished near the bottom of the pack, though still with a "Very Good"