Yesterday, Car and Driver called out GM in a snarky blog post for repurposing parts from the discontinued Saturn Outlook to refresh the GMC Acadia. GM didn't confirm C/D's suspicions at the time, but after we called and asked politely, GMC PR did answer our request.

According to spokesman Joe LaMuraglia, the 2013 Acadia liftgate glass, spoiler, rear quarter panel and rear side glass are all sourced from the Outlook. The hatch is also the same as the Saturn, but that's always been the case, as the old Acadia used the same part.

Now before you rush to judgment here, we suggest you take a good hard look at the new Acadia and tell us you don't think it looks better than the old model. We've always thought the Saturn Outlook was the more attractive of the siblings, so we don't have any issues with GM's parts-sharing tactic, especially considering all these parts are in the rear of the vehicle rather than up front in the all-important "face."

Considering that GM is likely to still be producing service parts for the thousands of Outlooks on the road, this is actually a really good move. Needless spending to refresh the Acadia when this suitable alternative already exists is the kind of smart decision that we hope GM continues to make.


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      MynameisDwayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks fine. I mean, you can't call it rebadging since there's no Saturn brand from which to rebadge anymore.
      l9t8z
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who the hell cares, lol. It looks ALOT better than the current Acadia, and the Outlook was the best looking of all the variants. Seems like a cant go wrong situation here to me.
        l9t8z
        • 2 Years Ago
        @l9t8z
        .....the dashboard is an upgraded Outlook piece as well.
      Levi1922
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its awesome how the comments tend to reflect the mood set by the article. Autoblog approached it optimistically and realistically, and a lot more of the comments are now in favor of this smart movie. I also Agree that its a great plan, and give props to the engineer/accountant that thought of this
      ebauer427
      • 2 Years Ago
      the only news here is that GM is making sound business decisions again. Using off the shelf parts to improve the looks of an existing product and give it an easy mid-cycle refresh just makes good sense. Nothing to see here...keep moving...
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a great move on GM's part. These parts are already on the market, R&D is done, and it looks great.
      4gasem
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always thought the Outlook was the best out of the 4. Good change IMO.
      XDTW
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nothing wrong with this approach. If it looks cleanly integrated, then props to GM. This cost savings SHOULD translate to something better for the buyer (better int materials, fuel savings technology, standard features ect.). Unfortunately, I don't have the time to research whether this is indeed the case!
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      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      What sharing? There's no sharing, just re-use. The Outlook is gone. And it does look better than before.
      A. Harlan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always rather liked the Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice, so maybe GM could repurpose the parts for those cars and come up with a new variant.
        MynameisDwayne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A. Harlan
        I agree. Seemed to sell well as I saw a ton on the road. I thought they'd at least keep it around for either Chevy or Buick.
        Fixitfixitstop
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A. Harlan
        Like the Nomad concept they put out on that platform, perhaps?
      Jobu
      • 2 Years Ago
      For the love of GOD! There are so many sites out there where this silly game of left vs right, blue vs red, Obama vs whomever can be played out on demand. I love to read and talk about cars, and this used to be the best place on the Web to read about them. Feel free to stoke the fires for clicks and rants, but I'm going to stay on topic and hope we can all just save it for the ballot box. That said, I think this shows more than anything the problems with spreading a limited amount of styling differentiation across so many brands. The wife and I had an 2008 Outlook XR, and although we've moved on to a Traverse, she still misses the 'Turn's dashing looks.  Beyond that, the tweaks improved slightly all of the areas that slightly needed tweaking. It's still a terrific car with capacities and interior packaging that  IMHO  are unrivaled by those of other automakers (save for pregnant-looking minivans). I only hope GM has left enough room for the upcoming Traverse update to flourish too- I might have preferred that they saved the hide-a-pillar glass treatment for the Chevy, but that's what makes car design watching so fun. Time and sales statistics will tell how well it goes... 
      Elena Wilkes
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's an attractive update to a very god crossover. I like the original better--it, frankly, was more "original" and distinctive. But it was due for an update, and the grill is very well done here, adn the talilights are a logical upgrade from where the previous model was. This looks like a GMC, and looks right. Lost, is the perhaps more important upgrade to the transmission and interior. All in all, buyers will benefit from an improved CUV, on that is still at or near the top of the class. One wonders if GMC thought about the negative press that would result. Enthusiasts were bound to catch the "cheating" with this recast. But I think buyers will look at the fresh face and improved interior and be very happy with it.
      ocrocknroller
      • 2 Years Ago
      Michael Harely, this is not news. There is no story here. 'GM comes clean.' Come clean about what? They never lied? They are using perfectly fine inventory from the now discontinued Saturn brand, but as you said yourself, thats the way it has always been. What is the big deal? Please explain to me and the rest of us. Also, Discontinued does not mean inferior if that is what you are implying? This is not a new practice done by either GM or other automakers, that is, sharing parts among brands. You should be embarrassed for posting such nonsense.
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