5 years was too short a time for a great crossover SUV like the Saturn Outlook. It was great because it stood out for its amazing features when a whole spate of SUVs were flooding the market. The Outlook had a lot of things for it, really. A powerful 3.6-L 280 horsepower V6 engine gave it excellent performance on and even off the road--perfect for the weekend warrior looking for a little adventure. For those with families, it had a spacious interior that could comfortably seat 8. It certainly was a master of all trades and jack at none. In fact, the only problem that the Outlook had was that Saturn itself couldn't stay afloat!
Had the Saturn Outlook come out a few years earlier, few people doubt that the marquee that built it could have survived the troubles it eventually found itself in--it was just that good. In the middle of its ascendance, the Outlook enjoyed nearly double in annual sales that didn't let up until near the end of its production run. The thing was, while most rides were good at some thing, a lot of compromises had to be made. Not the Outlook. Apart from reliability and performance, it also earned top marks for impressive safety. Rarely do you find a vehicle getting a full five stars, front and rear, for crash safety--the Outlook managed that. It even bagged the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Pick award for two years in a row.
Sadly, though, the Saturn Outlook stopped rolling off the assembly lines in 2010, when its manufacturer quietly folded shop and quit. The hearty SUV has fought on gallantly in the years following--its loyal fans vocal enough that it became the basis for GM's Acadia. The good news is that there is still a lot of support available for current owners--there are a lot of high-quality Saturn Outlook parts in the market. That means you can replace and upgrade all systems and components on your Outlook to keep it up to par for years and years to come.