Originally Posted by njv16
Tom H hit then nail right on the head. Saturn does build the "discount" into its MSRP but it isn't without taking some features away. Once you take a deep look into the specs it becomes more clear as to why the MSRP is lower. Not that the Outlook is stripped in comparison to the Acadia but certain features are missing that are otherwise standard on the Acadia and then in order to get these features you have to pay more for a package. Case in point the stereo system. With the Outlook XR you can upgrade to the Advanced Audio Package for around $800 but the speakers are unbranded. With the Acadia SLT-1 you get Bose Speakers standard and they sound better than the speakers in the Outlook with the Advance Audio Package. Also, dual zone automatic climate control is standard on the Outlook XR while the Acadia has tri-zone automatic climate control standard. If you want a power liftgate on the Outlook XR it will cost you an additional $1,045 because you have to get it as part of a package but with the Acadia SLT-1 you can add it for just $350. Overall, when both models are comparatively equipped (which is tough to do) the Acadia gives you more bang for your buck. GM, I may have been born at night but I wasn't born last night and if you are not careful you might end up cannibalizing a perfectly good vehicle.
you're not really comparing apples to apples there. If you equip an Acadia and an Outlook exactly the same, the Outlook price is WAYYY cheaper. When I build my Outlook online, the price is $38,919. Build the exact same Acadia and the price is $41,224. That's a pretty big difference. Now, using my GM card earnings as well as the best negotiated deal I could get on the Acadia, they gave me 40k roughly. I'd say that's a big enough difference. A la carte optioning works for those who are willing to order a vehicle. Incentives usually won't apply. The Saturn dealership I dealt with gave me a 1k rebate incentive on top of a conquest offer! Then they were willing to bump my trade-in above GMC's offer. I had both dealerships calling one another bidding for the buy.
Now, onto the stereo idea. I was actually going to buy the speakers from my neighbor's Acadia, as he was upgrading his, and low and behold. My Advanced Audio Package has the SAME SPEAKERS! without the bose tag. Wow, was I surprised. I think that little bose name has had it's placebo effect on you, so you hear a better stereo for some reason. Maybe you were listening to XM on the Saturn and a CD on the GMC, dunno, but the speakers and stereo (AC DELCO) are the same.
As to Tri-Zone. If that's the selling point of the vehicle, then by all means purchase the GMC because it came with it.
Here's one to equip and compare for you:
SLT - 2 4SB
Wheels, , 4 - 19" x 7.5"
I guess people stick with GMC for the card earnings. It's like when there's two gas stations, both Tier 1, and one is 20 cents per gallon more expensive. The people buying gas over there are either too lazy or too stupid, some fit into one category, others into the other category. I used the extra cash I saved on my Saturn and bought some accessories and pre-paid my insurance for 18 months!