Saturn Sky

Smart, effective companies take steps to meet the needs of business and the public they serve. The Saturn division of General Motors was created for exactly those reasons. In the mid- to late-1980s, GM noticed a trend of American consumers choosing the more economical small car options offered by the Japanese manufacturers over domestic made cars. This trend prompted the company’s executives to create the Saturn brand and begin to make cars to compete with the foreign models. In the 1990 model year, Saturn offered its first line of cars to the U.S. market.

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Saturn Sky Origins

It wasn’t long before a positive response began to roll in. Saturn cars were well made, dependable, and easier on the wallet than many other options. The Saturn division enjoyed a great deal of success. In addition to supplying consumers with quality, affordable cars, this branch of GM was also founded on a customer-driven platform. That meant no hard sales pitches and plenty of attention to what the customer wanted and needed out of their new Saturn. It was a revolutionary way to sell cars.

Unfortunately, the Saturn division was discontinued in 2009 due to financial hardships. Before the end, Saturn offered the public a variety of vehicle options, including the Sky series.

About the Saturn Sky

Like many of Saturn’s other offerings, the Sky series was known for its dependable construction and well-executed components under the hood. Unlike most of the other Saturn vehicles, the Sky was unique in its body design. This is the only roadster Saturn offered, and it was designed to appeal to the muscle car or luxury car lover. These cars offered a sleek and very modern appearance along with the style of the impressive sports cars. The Sky quickly gained a large fan base.

The Saturn Sky is most well-known for its appearance. There is no doubt that the exotic exterior of these cars was designed to turn heads, and it certainly did that. This body style and type of car was definitely a departure in design for the engineers and designers at Saturn and the car reflects the freedom they used in its creation. Under the hood, the Sky was considered to be a bit rough and didn’t necessarily offer the smooth, precision driving experience expected from a luxury, sports, or exotic car. Even with that issue, the Sky served its purpose of attracting a great deal of attention.

Saturn Sky Features

The 2009 model year was the last year Saturn offered any vehicles, including the Sky. Since the Sky series only last from the 2007 to the 2009 model years, there were very few changes made to the car’s design. During its final year of production, the Sky was offered in two distinct trim levels: the base and the Red Line.

Both trim levels feature the roadster body style with two seats. This car is also equipped with a manual convertible top to provide more fun and excitement for the driver and passengers. The Sky offered several standard features including all-power accessories, stability control, and a six-speaker audio system.

The Red Line version of the Sky was equipped with improved and more luxurious interior and special accents to the car’s body as well. It also offered an upgraded sound system with Bluetooth capabilities. Performance tires and a finely-tuned suspension system were part of this particular trim level as well. Under the hood, the Red Line Sky boasted a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional five-speed automatic. The engine for this model offered the driver 260 hp.

Saturn Sky Evolution

The base model of the Sky in the earlier years appeared much like its last version. This car featured a 2.4-liter four-cylinder inline engine and was paired with a five-speed manual transmission, though the five-speed automatic was offered as an option as well. The inline motor was capable of 166 hp. Most industry experts felt the Sky lacked style and grace when in motion, however. These cars didn’t have the precision driving experience that a consumer would expect from this type of car and many felt its manual transmission, harvested from the Chevy Colorado truck, made the Sky drive more like a pickup than a fine car.

Select a Saturn Sky Year

2009 Saturn Sky

Convertible, Sports

2008 Saturn Sky

Convertible, Sports

The 2008 Saturn Sky is a fun roadster in its second year of production.

2007 Saturn Sky

Convertible, Minivan/Van, Sports

The 2007 Saturn Sky makes an all-new addition to the roadster segment.