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2009 Saturn SKY

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2009 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 2009 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.

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Compared with Mazda's topless two-seater, the MX-5, the 2009 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 New for 2009

Changes for 2009 are minor. Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity is now available, as are two new limited edition trims: Ruby Red and Hydro Blue. A new 18-inch five spoke painted wheel is standard on the base SKY.

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).

2009 Saturn SKY Details
2009 Saturn SKY photo 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 five-spoke 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 2009 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 2009 Saturn SKY's options list includes leather seats, rear spoiler, six-disc CD/MP3 Monsoon sound system, Bluetooth, 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 2009 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
173 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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2009 Saturn SKY Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 159 Ratings for the 2007 - 2009 models.

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

Has been the most reliable & fun car to own.

By on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,700

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

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: "Wayyy fun to drive..."

Cons: "Get some road noise, as you'd expect from a conver"

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

"This car gets great gas mileage. It picks up & gets going immediately with no lag when you want it to. Made for curves, yet drives beautifully on the highway. Love the hydraulic rac/pinion (sp?) steering, there's no play at all. It goes exactly where you want it to. The fat tires ensure no slippage, & great grippage on wet roads. Easy to put the top up & down, if you don't mind doing it manually. You can pack the truck with a lot of groceries, a good 2 weeks worth, working those nooks & crannies in the trunk. Everyone wants to start a conversation @ this car as well. I say it's reliable & fun. And wasn't too expensive, they think it is. Well worth buying. I've had it for 6 years now."

LOVE my car!

By on Sunday, June 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Beautiful car, drives and rides great!"

Cons: "Trunk is small and poor design for trunk."

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

"I saw this car once and had to have it! I found one with the custom interior, (red and gray). This car turns heads everywhere I drive it! And everyone that has driven it or rode in it, comments on how smooth it drives and rides. I only have two complaints. I can handle putting the top up and down by myself with no trouble. But I think they could have designed that better. And the trunk.......there is very little room, and when you put the top down, you only have a very small space under the top to put anything. But this car is beautiful and drives so nice! I hurt my leg and have metal all threw it. I have a hard time using it, and it is very difficult getting in and out of the car because it is low (like a sports car should be). That is the ONLY reason I am looking to sell it."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

This is a handsome looking sport car, like new.

By on Sunday, June 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "You got is; great price, fun to drive"

Cons: "NO, CONS"

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

"This sport car is in like new condition. Closed garage storage, and a pleasure to drive, and draws a lot of attention, with the top up or down."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

Great little car

By on Monday, May 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I have owned sports car my entire life, mostly Z28's and I have to say, this little turbo charged 4 banger would out perform all of them. I just had it upgraded to run on an e47 fuel blend and it is now turning 380 horsepower with around 380 lbs of torque. Love to see the looks on the mustang drivers when I destroy them...!!! Plus it gets a ton of looks no matter where I go..!"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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this an excellent vehicle, silver and in like new

By on Thursday, April 17, 2014

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "all above"

Cons: "none"

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

"what can I say.this is a handsome silver attractive sport car. All that a 91 year old retire Air Force command pilot can ask for. Seldom used, have a Lincoln MKS to use."

Fun to drive!

By on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fits like a glove- seats are very comforatble"

Cons: "Trunk space limited"

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

"this car is fun to drive and gets attention wherever we go. Cornering is fantastic- stays flat even at the higher speed corners. Just fun to get into and take off! Wish it could hold my golf clubs but the trunk space wont accommodate. Great car for weekend trips where minimum luggage is needed."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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