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2007 Saturn Sky Review
Reasonably priced and stylish roadster fun.
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The 2007 Saturn Sky makes an all-new addition to the roadster segment. The Sky is fun to drive, solidly built, and offers decent power and good materials. It has a ways to go before uprooting class favorites like the Miata, but it makes a worthwhile choice for buyers seeking roadster driving thrills. It doesn’t lead its class, but the value is there as the price remains very reasonable for the base, especially compared to the rest of the segment. That along with solid performance and quality makes the Sky worthy of closer examination.
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Saturn Sky, Saturn Sky Red Line
The Saturn Sky starts as an all-new model for 2007.
The 2007 Saturn Sky, a small two-seat convertible, comes in two trim levels: base and Red Line. Standard equipment on the base includes 18-inch wheels, a manual cloth top with a glass rear window, and automatic headlights. The Saturn Sky Red Line shares many similarities with the base but adds special exterior styling details, a sport-tuned suspension, performance tires, and a standard limited-slip rear differential.
The Sky has to be one of the most uniquely styled roadsters on the market. With its aggressive front end and jagged lines, it certainly catches the eye as out of the ordinary. For those looking to be looked at, the Sky offers real interesting style cues and appearance value for a very reasonable price.
The base offers a solid list of features for the cabin: cruise control, keyless entry, power windows and mirrors, air-conditioning, and a six-speaker audio system with a CD player. An upgrade for the audio system adds a more powerful seven-speaker system that also has an MP3-compatible, in-dash CD changer and the option for satellite radio. An optional Premium Trim package includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio controls, leather seating, and a bit of flashy metallic trim for the sill plates and pedals. The Red Line has most of the same equipment and adds its own unique interior styling cues.
The cabin uses solid quality materials and a nice design. It is long enough for taller occupants, but the shifting tunnel remains wide and limits space for bigger drivers. The top requires multiple manual steps to operate, unlike less fussy rivals. As a roadster it offers little trunk space.
Performance & Handling
The base Saturn Sky makes use of a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 177 horsepower and 166 lb-ft of torque. The Sky Red Line uses a turbocharged, two-liter engine with direct injection. It puts out 260 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both models send power to the rear wheels through a standard five-speed manual transmission. The manufacturer offers an optional five-speed automatic. For a small roadster, the amount of power offers some real driving fun and handles traffic situations easily. The Sky doesn’t lead its class when it comes to acceleration, but it offers plenty of thrills to be had.
The Sky handles well enough, even kind of nimbly in some ways. But the steering feels numb and the throttle erratic, a set of circumstances that separates the drive from the road. It grips well and offers a smooth enough ride to qualify as a daily driver. It has more straight-ahead power than some in this class, including the beloved Miata. The Sky is a mixed bag when it comes to overall performance—offering solid power, decent responsiveness, and a confidence-inspiring hold, but it lacks some facets of handling necessary to make it a top performer. While this assessment may seem a bit negative, note that the Sky succeeds at tackling twisting and winding roads, just not at leading the class in engineering.
Standard safety gear for the Sky includes anti-lock disc brakes and GM's telematics system, OnStar. Stability control comes standard on the Red Line. Side airbags remain unavailable, so plan ahead and don’t take risks. The IIHS hasn’t performed any crash tests with the 2007 Saturn Sky. In NHTSA testing, the SKY earns four out of five stars in all but one category where it receives five out of five stars. Such scores make the Sky surprisingly safe for a vehicle that lacks many basic safety features.
EPA Fuel Economy
Saturn Sky Red Line: 19/28 mpg city/highway
- Red Line
- Roomy cockpit
- Highway ride
You Won't Like
- Limited trunk space
- Lacks side airbags
- Interior ergonomics
- Some low-grade materials
- Complex top operation
Reasonably priced and stylish roadster fun.
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