Road Tests

KBB Reviews the 2009 Saturn Outlook

From Kelley Blue Book: The 2009 Saturn Outlook is part of a family of three-row crossover vehicles that include the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, and Chevrolet Traverse. For most families, the Outlook offers all the relevant capability of GM's three-row, truck-based SUVs, but with better ride and handling, easier entry and exit and better fuel economy.

2009 Saturn Aura Hybrid Review

From Cars.com: The five-seat Aura Hybrid features GM's Hybrid System, which consists of an electric motor/generator teamed with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. This system is not as advanced as the company's two-mode hybrid system, which is offered in the Saturn Vue. The Hybrid System, however, provides fuel economy savings of up to 25% overall.

2008 Saturn Vue Hybrid Green Line

2008 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid

Kevin Massy from CNet: One year after the introduction of the 2007 Vue Green Line, Saturn has brought out a significantly revised version of the model. The 2008 Vue Green Line may share most of the tech features of the original model, but its exterior design shows that Saturn has spent a busy 12 months at the drawing board.

2009 Saturn Astra Test Drive: Small Car, Big Chops

2009 Saturn Astra

Jim McCraw from Popular Mechanics: It didn't start out this way, but the low-price, no-haggle Saturn division of General Motors has effectively become the American sales arm of GM's German Opel division. Saturn already sells a version of Opel's GT roadster as the Saturn Sky, and a version of the Opel Antera crossover as the Saturn Vue. The latest fruit of this collaboration is the Saturn Astra family of three-door and five-door hatchbacks.

Who Knew that a Saturn Could be this Sexy?

Special Appearance Packages to Spice Up Sky Lineup

Liane Yvkoff from AutoUSA.com: The company that built its reputation on the affordable and sensible is rapidly shedding its "car as appliance" discipline with the eye-catching Saturn Sky Red Line. Saturn embracing its highly impractical and indulgent wild side is kind of like finding out the Sunday School teacher likes to dance on top of bars after a drink or two. It's that fun.

Four-Cylinder, Six-Speed Powertrain Combination Adds Aura to the Saturn Brand

2009 Aura's 17" Twin-Spoke Alloy Wheels

Jim Robinson from the Mississauga News: General Motors is facing huge challenges from seeking financial assistance to looking at huge reductions in personnel. But what hasn't been talked about is how GM had actually been turning things around. Four years ago, the General started out on a 10-year plan and they were on target. And then the bottom fell out. GM has one of the largest selections of green and fuel-efficient vehicles in the world. From the all-electric Volt to the 2-mode hybrid trucks that are 32% more efficient in the city, GM is fielding a number of new offerings designed to change minds, and hopefully, perceptions. One of them is the 2009 Saturn Aura XR4 tested here.

Review: Outlook Built on GM Lambda Architecture

2009 Saturn Outlook

G. Chambers Williams III from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: The Saturn Outlook offers seating for up to eight people, and GM believes that many consumers who might have considered buying a minivan in the past will choose these vehicles instead. Ours had the optional seven-passenger configuration, which includes two captain's chairs each in the first and second rows, and a three-person bench seat in the third row. Unlike most of the Outlook's competitors, there is ample room for three adults in the third row, and behind that seat there is nearly 20 cubic feet of cargo space – about the size of the trunk of a large sedan.

Stylish Saturn Aura Positively Glowing

2009 Saturn Aura XR

G. Chambers Williams III from the San Antonio Express-News: The great success of the redesigned Chevrolet Malibu maybe overshadowing another GM vehicle that's equally as good: the Saturn Aura. Built on the same architecture as the redesigned 2008 Malibu, the Aura actually arrived a year earlier, as an '07 model.

Going Big in the Saturn Outlook

Outlook Wallpaper

Trevor Hofmann from the Canadian Auto Press: I already knew that the General's Lambda-based crossovers were pretty special, and while the Outlook is more entry-level than Buick's Enclave, it's still impressively outfitted with standard soft-touch plastics, aluminum-look interior accents and high-quality fabric seats, not to mention standard air conditioning, power windows, power locks with remote access, and the list goes on. The standard feature that most impressed me, however, is interior spaciousness.

Midsize Sedan Has a Certain "Aura" to It

Saturn Aura XR at the Beach

Nitish Rele, automotive columnist from the Tampa Tribune: A 2.4-liter DOHC Ecotec inline-4 cylinder engine offers 169 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 160 pounds-feet of torque at 4500 rpm. It is mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission but can be manually operated via shifter paddles on the three-spoke steering wheel.

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Owner Story: A New Saturn Family

We purchased our new Aura a month ago. I never dreamed that I would own a Saturn, but the new Outlook and Aura caught my eye. Our daughter and son-in-law were having problems with their 2005 Chrysler Town & Country. I started to do some research on the Outlook, and was impressed with what I read.