interesting this discussion came up just now, we were trying to decide between an 07 Outlook or our leftover Saab 97x a few weeks ago when we eventually decided, and bought the Saab, here are my impressions:
- the price of the saab versus the saturn was pretty close when we compared the 2 since we were looking at a loaded version of the saturn
- the saab comes, well only fully loaded (canadian versions come only with optional stereo's/navi, optional rear seat dvd or optional v8), the saturn we looked at had all the bells and whistles (leather, power liftgate, captains chairs, HID lights, etc etc.) that we wanted (we didn't want the entertainment pack nor the navi) had the right color combo and everything, the red one looked really good, the black saab we got wasn't much of a choice when it comes to leftovers but stills sharp in black
- but as someone else mentioned above, the suppliers discount is nicer on the older body style then the new saturn, not surprising...
- on the note of discount we have GM Visa points and there was an additional 500 buxs we could put towards the Saab over the saturn
- also more on the discount was that since our saab was a leftover from previous year model, they were blowing them out with MORE incentives to buy...for our pricing, combined with suppliers discount+gm visa points+2006 blow out incentives we got approx. $14,000 off the MSRP price of a new Saab (canadian price models for v8's go for approx. $52,000 ), the discount for us was almost equal to GM giving us a cheap Shiat box with the Saab...LOL
- the saturn was alot quieter, hands down
- the v8 on the saab is much nicer to drive, just more torque pure and simple
- finishing i found is about on par, the saturn didn't look any better then the saab
- the saturn had less road feel, but gave a more cushy ride, the saab seemed to hug the road more like a car
- look is subjective to each own's eyes but they both looked good to us
- the saturn seemed to be blown around alot more by crosswinds
- the saturn is so long, the sales person let us drive the car home with her in the backseat to see how it looked on the driveway, and man is it ever long, it barely fits in the garage...
- the people at the saturn dealer were easily twice as nice as the people at the saab dealer, not that there was anything bad with the saab side of the dealership (same building just different ends of the building), the same general manager for both sides, but man the customer service on the saturn side was twice as good...the saab was already really really good already compared to other GM dealerships i've been in, i would say on par with acura, infiniti, lexus dealerships, which is a clear step ahead of the other domestic brands
- the saturn guys while we were out driving the outlook didn't ask but gave our minivan a wash/rinse while we were out, LOL
- i consider a new model as being the lemon of a lineup - this is because the first model year of a new model is always the one with the most number of recalls and design flaws, the 2nd or 3rd year would be better because they would work out all the kinks, the saab being built on the GM360 platform that's been out for a few years should be more problem free versus alot of unknowns in the Saturn platform since its brand spanking new
- the saturn had an arm wrest in the backseat for rear passengers, and also had rear air controls that contained there own heater control, the saab one i think is the same as the TV units and the passenger side heater controls rear air temp...
- saturn has a sliding rear seat track which is nice for backseat passengers to have alot of legroom
- minus is the saturn has barely any trunk space with the backseats up, with the backseats down its about the same, but i guess what do you want with an 3 row seat vehicle...
- i didn't consider the towing capabilities on either vehicle because the most I'll ever tow is a trailer with 2 jet skis on it or a trailer with 2 motorcycles on it, so trailering load was a non-issue as most cars would be able to tow either one
- both had 18" rims that looked nice from the factory but the edge goes to the Saturn with its option 19" factory rims
- plus goes to the saturn for being ALOT better on gas mileage but then i guess i trade off with having alot more oooomph and the sound...oh the sound of a v8 is alot nicer, LOL
- nod goes to the saturn for having a dual exhaust (i think it looks nice but is subjective
overall the saturn is a very very nice vehicle for the money, when they work out the kinks it probably will be a superior platform (for most people, not everyone), but there is no offense to anyone who wants one or who has one, and even i like the outlook too but i also have to say "umm...its only a Saturn...? " .. LOL i know kinda put down but "she who must be obeyed" didn't like the fact that the outlook was ONLY a saturn...the acadia wasn't available yet and neither was the enclave so we got the saab and were happy with it... i was thinking that the saturns were just building plastic paneled cars until i saw this thing and man... saturn has come a long way from those days they have a real marketable vehicle that i think will appeal to alot of people...