Consumer Reports magazine, thought by many to have an institutional bias against American cars and in favor of any Japanese vehicle, is raving about the new Saturn Outlook crossover. The August issue of the magazine, hitting news stands today, says that the 2007 is one of GM’s best products and real competition for models from Honda and Toyota.
Out of eight mid-size crossovers, the Outlook ranked third, narrowly behind the Toyota Highlander Hybrid and the Honda Pilot. The outlook ranked second against full-size SUVs, beaten only by the Mercedes-Benz GL450.
Consumer Reports rated as strengths the Outlook’s handling, comfort, ride, and the size of the third-row seat. David Champion, the senior director of the Consumer Reports Auto Test Center, called the vehicle “the most competitive volume model from General Motors in years.”
This is good news for Chevrolet dealers, too. Chevrolet is to get a version of the Outlook as a 2009 model, built in the Saturn plant alongside the Outlook.