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Old 09-05-2007, 09:45 PM   #1
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Default Torn...Outlook or Acadia

Did anybody consider the Acadia while shopping? What made you buy the Outlook?

I am shopping now, and I am torn. I am looking for the base level AWD for each, with the only added option, the DVD player.

With that, the pricing is almost identical. The only difference is the Acadia has foglamps and a roof rack. I need a roof rack, so I was adding in the preferred package for the Outlook.

So, what's so much better about the Outlook?

thanks for your input.

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Old 09-05-2007, 09:47 PM   #2
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Default Re: Torn...Outlook or Acadia

All things being equal (and I guess they're not really, since you can't get the roof rack you need) I think the Acadia looks better anyways. The thing the Satrun has going for it is the sales and service departments behind it. If the GMC dealer is as good, go for the Acadia for sure.

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Old 09-05-2007, 09:50 PM   #3
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Default Re: Torn...Outlook or Acadia

We chose the Outlook because, at the time (March), the only Acadia's on the lots were LOADED (44k+). So, we would have had to order a GMC, AND try to get it for invoice price, when Saturn had what we wanted in stock, and the Saturn MSRP came pretty darn close to the GMC invoice pricing. Now that we're later in production, GMC is probably more willing to negotiate, and, hopefully, have a better mix of options in stock.

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Old 09-06-2007, 07:50 AM   #4
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Default Re: Torn...Outlook or Acadia

Yeah, the biggest part is just looks, and the second being that the Saturn "everybody pay MSRP" pricing is closer to the invoice (or discounted) level you have to try and get on the GMC.

There's nothing that's "better" about the Outlook, unless you just prefer the looks. The only other thing to consider is location of dealerships (i.e. usually fewer and farther between with Saturn), and any past experience with them. Saturn's whole experience generally ranks a bit higher than other brands, but it's all personal experience specific.

We're in the same thing right now, as my mother wants to look at and drive some as a potential Suburban replacement. I like the Acadias looks the best, just a bit more techie and chromed, with the Outlook in a close second with a cleaner, more Euro look. Options and price-wise, though, I can option an Outlook exactly the right way with things I can't on the Acadia, and the price is still better from the start. So, we'll see which wins if there's a final decision.

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Old 09-06-2007, 08:02 AM   #5
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Default Re: Torn...Outlook or Acadia

One thing that may come into play is seating. If you want 7-passenger seating, but don't want to pay for leather, go for the Acadia. To get 2nd-row buckets in the Outlook, you have to get leather seats, which is more $$$.

If you were going for the mid-level, things change. For us (if/when we get into the market to buy), the upscale Outlook XR has options we'd want (HID headlights, etc) that aren't available on the mid-level Acadia SLT1. You can get them on the SLT2, but that's much more expensive thant the XR Outlook and adds more standard stuff we wouldn't need. Plus I like the look of the Outlook more. Acadia is a little too flashy/chromy looking for my taste. Enclave looks too Japanese. Outlook looks sporty, but not too flashy.

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Old 09-06-2007, 08:07 AM   #6
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One thing that may come into play is seating. If you want 7-passenger seating, but don't want to pay for leather, go for the Acadia. To get 2nd-row buckets in the Outlook, you have to get leather seats, which is more $$$.



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That's the thing. I confirmed yesterday with the Saturn Retailer that Cloth 7 passenger seating is now available on both the XE and XR for 2008.

I was about to buy the GMC, even laid down a deposit, but the addition of the 7 passenger to the XE makes me want to stay with Saturn, as I like the retailer much better.

I plan to drive the GMC tomorrow and that will be the final decision maker.

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Old 09-06-2007, 08:09 AM   #7
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Default Re: Torn...Outlook or Acadia

Hate to burst the bubble brakeman but for 2008 the outlook can have the captains chairs without leather! Figures it took a year but its now an option.
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Old 09-06-2007, 09:02 AM   #8
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Default Re: Torn...Outlook or Acadia

Styling shot down the Acadia for us. Wife didnt like it. Thought it was too trucky

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Old 09-06-2007, 09:12 AM   #9
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Default Re: Torn...Outlook or Acadia

The Outlook is available with a $1000 rebate (2007 models) or a $500 rebate (2008s), while the Acadia has no incentives at all. I think the Saturn is more attractive on the outside (save for the tacky XE black bodyside moldings), but the GMC is more stylish inside. I think the Acadia's tail lamps are very cheesy and I don't like the weird kink in the headlamps (looks too much like the lamps on the Ford Edge or Expedition).

Here's the link to the rebate info:

http://www.gm.com/shop/currentoffers...nty=&region=ne

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Old 09-06-2007, 10:31 AM   #10
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Default Re: Torn...Outlook or Acadia

When did it change that you can now get 7 pass. w/o leather. We ordered our Outlook July 19 (delivered 8/31) and we were told we HAD to get the leather to get the 7 pass.

If this is true it kinda pisses me off. But whats done is done.

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Old 09-06-2007, 10:46 AM   #11
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When did it change that you can now get 7 pass. w/o leather. We ordered our Outlook July 19 (delivered 8/31) and we were told we HAD to get the leather to get the 7 pass.

If this is true it kinda pisses me off. But whats done is done.

Thanks.
I think this JUST happened. I was looking at the 08 training manual with my retailer last night, dated July 26th, 2008 and it still said Leather was required.

They had just had a training session that explained the policy was changed. They got that trainer on the phone while I was there to confirm.

I'm glad they did this. It made no sense to me to require leather, and it almost pushed me away to GMC.

Of course a lot of the options make no sense to me. For instance, why does the Preferred package include Power Seat and Roof Rails? How are those two things related?

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Old 09-06-2007, 11:06 AM   #12
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Default Re: Torn...Outlook or Acadia

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Styling shot down the Acadia for us. Wife didnt like it. Thought it was too trucky
Us too... Wife liked the interior of the Saturn better. And since shes driving it, she chose. Personally I like the acadia looks better. but I already have my truck!

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Old 09-06-2007, 11:13 AM   #13
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Styling shot down the Acadia for us. Wife didnt like it. Thought it was too trucky
It's a GMC...the Truck division.

The Outlook looks very sharp with that chrome door edging added to the horizontal bars of the grille. I know it sounds tackey, but the member's rides on here that have added it makes it look really good! I still like the Acadia a little better and the Enclave is just WOW! That's nice.

I also preferred the Acadia interior to the Outlook's when I checked them out at the Detroit Auto show, but then again, I now drive a 2004 Silverado and love it. The same can be said about the Enclave's interior as I said about the exterior, WOW! But the Enclave isn't really in the same segment as the other two anyhow.

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Old 09-06-2007, 11:24 AM   #14
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It's a GMC...the Truck division.

The Outlook looks very sharp with that chrome door edging added to the horizontal bars of the grille. I know it sounds tackey, but the member's rides on here that have added it makes it look really good! I still like the Acadia a little better and the Enclave is just WOW! That's nice.

I also preferred the Acadia interior to the Outlook's when I checked them out at the Detroit Auto show, but then again, I now drive a 2004 Silverado and love it. The same can be said about the Enclave's interior as I said about the exterior, WOW! But the Enclave isn't really in the same segment as the other two anyhow.
The enclave costs the same as the other 2. Both are built in he same plant so either is a solid option. It just depends on which style you like

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Old 09-06-2007, 11:29 AM   #15
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The enclave costs the same as the other 2. Both are built in he same plant so either is a solid option. It just depends on which style you like
I know the platform and production facility is the same, but I thought the price was considerably higher.

EDIT: From gmcanada.com

Outlook: XE Front-wheel Drive $33,990
Acadia: SLE Front-wheel Drive $36,495
Enclave: CX Front-wheel Drive $40,895

A bit closer than I thought, but the Enclave is the true luxury rig out of the bunch, I doubt there is a lot of cross shopping.

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Old 09-06-2007, 12:31 PM   #16
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Go with the Saturn. We looked at all three and the Saturn stands out overall with the look, inside and out as well as the cost. The Acadia's grill and headlights turned me away right from the start and the tail lights do look cheesy. The front and the back of the Saturn just has an overall more appealing look. The Enclave is definately more luxurious but with 2 kids that was not what I needed, plus the difference in the price. It appears the fog lights on the Acadia are not the same as the ones on the Saturn. I have had many cars with fog lights, good ones and bad, but the ones on the Saturn are very effective/bright, even though they are smaller. The GMC and Saturn dealerships are right beside each other here and it was easy to look at each one and see the differences that we liked and disliked. I am sure once you test drive all of them you will be able to tell which one will work for you.

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Old 09-06-2007, 01:16 PM   #17
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I know the platform and production facility is the same, but I thought the price was considerably higher.

EDIT: From gmcanada.com

Outlook: XE Front-wheel Drive $33,990
Acadia: SLE Front-wheel Drive $36,495
Enclave: CX Front-wheel Drive $40,895

A bit closer than I thought, but the Enclave is the true luxury rig out of the bunch, I doubt there is a lot of cross shopping.
Prices are much tighter in the US

CX Front wheel starts at 32
Outlook starts at 28
Acadia 30

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Old 09-06-2007, 01:17 PM   #18
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Go with the Saturn. We looked at all three and the Saturn stands out overall with the look, inside and out as well as the cost. The Acadia's grill and headlights turned me away right from the start and the tail lights do look cheesy. The front and the back of the Saturn just has an overall more appealing look. The Enclave is definately more luxurious but with 2 kids that was not what I needed, plus the difference in the price. It appears the fog lights on the Acadia are not the same as the ones on the Saturn. I have had many cars with fog lights, good ones and bad, but the ones on the Saturn are very effective/bright, even though they are smaller. The GMC and Saturn dealerships are right beside each other here and it was easy to look at each one and see the differences that we liked and disliked. I am sure once you test drive all of them you will be able to tell which one will work for you.
Loaded Enclaves and Outlooks dont differ that much. The Enclave is just curvier and has a little more wood trim. Otherwise the options are nearly identical. I would have gotten an enclave mostly for the better warrenty but saturn gave me more for my trade

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Prices are much tighter in the US

CX Front wheel starts at 32
Outlook starts at 28
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Ya, prices over here suck-arse!

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Other than being quite a devoted Saturn shopper, I'd go for the Saturn for its added exclusivity. I'm wouldn't be surprised if the Acadia is supposed to triple the Outlooks sales numbers.
I know when I bought my Vue back in '03, it was nice to have the only Vue in town for a few months. I only ever saw 1 the same colour as mine while I owned it. I liked that exclusivity.

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