Nowadays it seems like we are all a little more money-conscious than we were ten years ago…and why shouldn’t we be? Times are tight, jobs are harder to come by, and making better decisions financially is more important than ever. One of these big decisions many of us are faced with comes when it’s time to buy a vehicle.
One of the biggest hassles when researching vehicles is finding the best bargain and settling in on one particular make and/or model. It seems as though you have to sacrifice comfort, style, gas mileage, or any other number of factors just to find a car that fits your budget. Lucky for you, I have done all the research, and I can tell you the Saturn Outlook blew away the competition when it came to meeting the needs for me and my family of six while staying within budget.
The average Joe has probably heard of the Ford Explorer, Chevy Traverse, and maybe even the Dodge Journey, but casual car guys (and gals) might not know a lot about our featured car.
Having two adults and four kids in our family (yep, that’s a family of six), the Outlook was the clear winner for us. Our first instinct was based upon what looked “cool” to us that also happened to seat at least six people. But the more we looked, the more we realized we would have to give up gas mileage if we ended up with something like a Suburban. We knew that we simply couldn’t afford something like a brand new Explorer or Tahoe. If we wanted to spend around $20k or less on a used crossover or SUV that had low miles, our options were few. Oh, and we knew without hesitation that we did not want yet another minivan (insert cold chills here). The answer was our Outlook.
We ended up with a 2009 model with 27,xxx miles on the odometer. The vehicle seats eight and features plenty of cargo room in the back (our big test was “will it fit a full-sized cooler behind the 3rd row seats?” – the answer was yes). More importantly, it gets between 22 and 24 MPG, which is increasingly important in this day and age. As a loving father, the fact that the Saturn got great reviews on its crash-test ratings, according to Wikipedia, was a huge deal to me as well. As far as the bells and whistles, our new ride comes complete with the Sync-technology, On-Star, and Sirius radio capabilities if you so desire.
After all was said and done, we drove off the lot spending $21,777 and dodging the minivan bullet that was so feared by the Mrs. and I. Our search for a car that we like driving and meets all of our needs was finally over…and so should yours.