2007 Saturn Outlook

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In a bid to try and revitalize its product lineup, Saturn heaped a pile of new models onto the market at the New York auto show. Four new vehicles debuted this year under the marque's uber-friendly banner, and all of them exhibited a refreshing new focus on styling and personality.

The Outlook, an eight-passenger crossover, is no exception. Although not the most visually effective of the new-kid Saturn bunch (that title goes to the Saturn Sky Red Line), the Outlook nevertheless manages to be an interesting take on an otherwise overdone genre. The same bright grille and headlights found on the Sky and Aura adorn the front of the Outlook, and its stance and proportions reflect a more sporting, European approach. Although some have criticized the Outlook's appearance for being a little too copycat-Continental, we think it's still a step in the right direction.

Power comes from a version of GM's corporate 3.6-liter variable-valve-timing V-6. Two different output levels are available (the 265-hp XE model, and--hold onto your hats!--the 267-hp XR), and the more potent version comes complete with dual exhaust tips. A six-speed automatic is standard, and a choice of either two- or four-wheel drive is available.

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