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2008 Saturn Sky Review
Fun roadster at a reasonable price.
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The 2008 Saturn Sky is a fun roadster in its second year of production. The Sky is fun to drive, solidly built, and offers decent power. It faces stiff competition from favorites like the Mazda Miata, but with its low price tag and attractive style, it is likely to draw some fans. The Sky has to be one of the most uniquely styled roadsters on the market. With its aggressive front end and jagged lines, it is certain to be eye-catching as it looks out of the ordinary. For those looking to be looked at, the Sky offers real interesting style cues and appearance value at a very reasonable price.
Unfortunately there have been some complaints about the seats being less than comfortable, and there are some problems with reliability as well. However, if someone is looking for a little roadster at an affordable price, the Saturn Sky may be worth considering.
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
Even though the Saturn Sky is only in its second year, it has already received some upgrades. Most notably, stability control, a limited-slip differential, and satellite radio now provide standard equipment. Customers also have the option of specially ordering any exterior and interior color combination they choose. A new, special-edition trim known as Carbon Flash is also introduced as an option on both the base and Red Line.
The 2009 Saturn Sky certainly has a sharp, stylish look displaying all the character a roadster lover would want waiting in the driveway. The top is a real pain to put down and it also loses points for lack of cargo space, but then again, it seems like the cargo complaint is always made about roadsters. Is there a two-seat convertible on the market with a spacious trunk?
Inside, the Saturn Sky is a small two-seat convertible available in two trim levels: base and Red Line. Standard equipment on the base model 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 and performance tires.
The cabin of the 2008 Saturn Sky uses solid quality materials. The top requires multiple manual steps to operate, unlike less fussy rivals. 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.
Performance & Handling
The base 2008 Saturn Sky draws power from a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 177 horsepower and 166 lb-ft of torque. The Sky Red Line uses a turbocharged, 2.0-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. There is an optional five-speed automatic. For a small roadster, the amount of power is sufficient to offer some real driving fun and handle traffic situations easily. The Sky isn’t a class leader when it comes to acceleration, but there are plenty of thrills to be had.
The Sky handles well enough and is even kind of nimble in some ways; but the steering feels numb and the throttle erratic, a set of circumstances that separates the driver from the road. It does grip well and offers a ride smooth enough 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.
The 2008 Saturn Sky has standard safety features such as anti-lock disc brakes, GM's telematics system, OnStar, and stability control standard on the Red Line. The most important omission when it comes to safety equipment is the lack of airbags. 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 doesn't have some basic safety features.
EPA Fuel Economy
Saturn Sky Red Line: 19/24 mpg city/highway
- Red Line’s performance
- Cockpit space
- Comfortable highway ride
- Nimble handling
You Won't Like
- Limited trunk space
- Lack of comfortable seats
- Some low-grade materials
- Convertible top is difficult to open
- Poor reliability
Fun roadster at a reasonable price.
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