Affordable Cars: 2009 Saturn Outlook

Some of the most affordable autos on the market are those that you can no longer buy as new models, such as the Saturn Outlook. While Saturn may have failed soon after this vehicle was produced, that means that the 2009 Outlook was the second to last model year, making it one of the most recent ones you can find. The Outlook is certainly affordable, with some automotive experts reporting a typical price range of $5,500 to $6,700; that is an excellent price for a midsize SUV with high safety and reliability ratings at its release. Even picking one up used, you are highly likely to get a reliable car that is safe as well as economical.

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Plenty of Interior Space

One of the best things about the 2009 Saturn Outlook is its ability to fit everyone, thanks to eight seats. This is among the most spacious midsize crossover of its model year as you get almost 20 cubic feet even behind the third row of seats, providing room for your longer-legged passengers and all your gear. Both rear rows fold flat to deliver 117 cubic feet. That is a figure you expect from a full-size SUV, not a midsize one like the Saturn. It is perfect for those outings to pick up kids and groceries and more.

Engine and Towing

For 2009, Saturn gave the Outlook a new 3.6-liter V6 powertrain featuring direct injection and variable valve timing for a little extra oomph. This engine let the Outlook improve its towing capacity from 4,500 pounds in the previous model year to 5,200 pounds for 2009. This is more than enough for the average person looking to use it for hauling their weekend toys. Depending on the model of the Outlook you find, you will get either 281 or 288 horsepower along with a 6-speed automatic transmission. You will also be able to find the 2009 Outlook with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Fuel economy is average for the class and model year, with 16 mpg in the city regardless of drivetrain. It offers 22 mpg on the highway for all-wheel-drive models or 24 mpg on the highway for front-wheel drive. You should expect smooth road manners and good handling, although the auto’s size does mean that maneuvering requires some extra effort.

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Good Amenities

The instrument panel’s design in this 2009 Saturn seems uncluttered and simple with upscale materials that elevate the feel. You’ll find controls that are easy to reach and in sensible locations. All models come with features you want, such as rear air conditioning, cruise control, and power accessories to keep you comfortable on longer trips. The higher trim adds fog lamps, power for the driver’s seat, a nice wood grain, and automatic climate control. You may even spot a 2009 Saturn Outlook with console-based navigation, a sunroof, a rear-seat DVD system, projector-beam headlamps, a backup camera, and Bluetooth hands-free phone. If you spend enough time searching, you may be surprised at the models you find.

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