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2008 Saturn SKY

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2008 Saturn SKY Review

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You can spend two, three or 10 times as much on a sports car with a bigger engine and a fancier badge, but the smiles don't get a whole lot wider than the ones the 2008 Saturn SKY roadster is capable of painting upon your face (although it also can have you grimacing at times). Even though its suspension is slightly softer than that of its Pontiac Solstice sibling, the SKY still grips corners like a small, serious roadster should. Saturn's 2006 introduction of the SKY marked the beginning of a product offensive that would include the three-row Outlook, the Aura sedan, an all-new VUE compact SUV and, completing the 18-month makeover, the 2008 Saturn Astra compact car.

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Compared with Mazda's topless two-seater, the MX-5, the 2008 Saturn SKY features the more head-turning design. Compared with its Pontiac Solstice sibling, the Saturn offers a touch more sophistication. Compared with whatever else you might be considering, there's a good chance the SKY is more fun.

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Potential deal-breakers include the inability to drop the top with anything bigger than a single, soft duffle bag in the trunk, a top that has to be raised and lowered from outside the vehicle and an overall level of refinement that falls short of the MX-5.

What's Significant About This Car?

New standard features include StabiliTrak stability control, a limited-slip differential, driver's-seat power height adjuster, AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player and speed-compensated volume control, tire-pressure monitoring system, leather-wrapped steering wheel and XM Satellite Radio. A set of new exterior and interior colors allows customers more choices in personalizing their cars.

Driving the SKY

Driving Impressions While the Mazda MX-5 is more refined, more accommodating and arguably more entertaining to drive than the Saturn SKY (and Pontiac Solstice), GM's rookie ragtops still qualify as a couple...

of the most fun vehicles on the road. The SKY belies its relative heavyweight status with responsive steering and cornering that's eager, confident and tenacious, thanks in part to some big, fat tires. Compared to the Solstice, we prefer the SKY's slightly softened suspension that delivers a noticeably smoother ride without giving much away in handling. The Saturn's torque advantage versus the Mazda doesn't translate well to the road—you actually have to work harder at keeping the SKY on its toes—but the 2.4-liter delivers enough oomph to fully exploit the SKY's impressive handling.

Exterior Styling
Although their choice of form over function saddled the SKY with some significant limitations, at least GM's designers knocked the styling right out of the park. It looks great.

Interior Styling
Tasteful piano black and metallic trim helps give the SKY's cockpit a more sophisticated feel than Solstice (although the glossy black shows dust easily).

2008 Saturn SKY Details
Interior

Although we found some finish and design shortcomings to nitpick inside the SKY, the bigger impression was that of a comfortable and attractive cabin largely well-suited for the type of spirited driving it encourages. A smart instrument panel and control layout, piano black and metallic trim plus available leather seats impart a sophisticated, contemporary ambience. Storage space is a weak point, especially in a trunk that diminishes from 5.4 cubic feet to a mere 2.0 cubic feet with the top down, and isn't nearly as usable as the trunk in the Mazda MX-5, which measures 5.3 cubic feet but is much more sensibly shaped. If you're considering taking along a passenger, carrying some luggage or putting down the top, you can have only two. On even a short weekend road trip, the absurdly small trunk can be exasperatingly limiting.

Exterior

Complementing the SKY's sharp-looking exterior are hood and side vents, projector beam headlamps, metallic-framed taillamps, a reverse lamp placed low in the rear fascia and fender-filling 18-inch wheels. A cloth roof that stows completely out of sight is a big part of the SKY's visual appeal but, unfortunately, means that to enjoy the roadster the way the sun gods intended you have to unlatch the top and rear deck lid from inside, step out of the vehicle, lift the rear-hinged deck lid, push the top down into the "trunk" and close the deck lid with a firm drop-push. Whew. Compared with the MX-5, in which you can raise or lower the top in about five seconds without even removing your seatbelt, this puts quite a damper on spontaneity.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A 2008 Saturn SKY comes with air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, six-speaker CD sound system, StabiliTrak stability control, a limited-slip differential, AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD, XM Satellite Radio, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power driver's-seat height adjustment, remote keyless entry and cruise control. Safety highlights include front airbags and anti-lock brakes.

Optional Equipment

The 2008 Saturn SKY's options list includes leather seats, rear spoiler, six-disc CD/MP3 Monsoon sound system, color combination override (mix and match as you like) and chrome wheels. Unlike the MX-5, the SKY doesn't offer side airbags or traction control.

Under the Hood

The 2008 Saturn SKY gets its motivation from a modern 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with four valves per cylinder and variable valve timing (intake and exhaust). While the engine delivers almost 20 percent more peak torque than the MX-5's 2.0-liter engine, any performance advantage is mitigated by the Saturn's 400-pound weight penalty. The bigger engine, fat tires and weight difference also take their toll on fuel economy. An optional limited-slip differential can help increase traction. The SKY can reach 60 miles per hour in 7.2 seconds when equipped with the manual transmission.

2.4-liter in-line 4
172 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
167 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/25 (manual), 19/24 (automatic)

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2008 Saturn SKY Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 174 Ratings for the 2007 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    9.6/10

Everything I wanted it to be

By on Saturday, August 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "too many to list"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The RED LINE SKY has been and is EVERYTHING I wanted and expected The Car to be: very quick,nimble,responsive with no front-end lift at advanced speeds; extremely comfortable on extended drives;advanced gas mileage. Wonderful, impressive automobile!"

Incredible power, easy handling, comfortable

By on Saturday, August 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "An absolutely enjoyble car to drive"

Cons: "I really can't think of any"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great for long distance road trips & mountain driving. Really fun to drive & immediately responsive to the gas pedal. A very stable vehicle, but a little too much power for the vehicle weight until you learn how to handle it."

A Real Steal!

By on Sunday, August 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "A totally fun car to drive."

Cons: "Limited storage space -"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Awesome look!

"One female owner since 8,000 miles. Car has been serviced according to Maintenance Schedule. Car has been garaged & not exposed to the elements. If you're a sports car enthusiast, you will love this car- guaranteed!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Awesome look!

FANTASTIC AUTO-Perfor, Comf. Hdl. Econ. Qck.

By on Tuesday, July 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "SUPER FUN to drive"

Cons: "NONE"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I am a long-time Gearhead who cannot find one thing about this car that is disappointing. It is quick, stable and FUN. and should not be messed with anywhere except snow. It has never experienced snow, but I can not imagine it will keep its feet planted should the road surface be severly compromised.'"

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Best of all sports cars I've own for the price.

By on Monday, July 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great mileage for a sports car. Fun to drive."

Cons: "Would be great if it had a removable hard top."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"It has been a fun car to drive. I park it for the winter. Has only been driven in nice weather, no rain or snow."

beautifully maintained inside and out

By on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 111,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Original owner, maintained per manufacturer recommendations at original dealer. Complete maintenance records can be made available through original dealer."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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