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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 171 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

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.'"

3 people out of 5 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
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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

Fun, Cool Sporty Vehicle

By on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,241

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
8/10

Pros: "fun to drive, attractive car, great price"

Cons: "no spare tire"

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

Stylish Ride

"This car is still a head turner. I have owned it for three years now and have had to do nothing more than change the oil and tires after the last bad winter storm. I am outgrowing this car and have decided to purchase a bigger vehicle. She runs smooth and has been very reliable."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Stylish Ride

I love my Sky!

By on Friday, March 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Responsiveness, power, maneuverability"

Cons: "Getting replacenent parts, blind spots, trunk spac"

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

"I've owned this baby for 7-1/2 years, and she is so sweet! (I got two speeding tickets in the first year because she's so smooth on acceleration and ride that it's easy to . . . Overreach.) Head to head with my ex-husband's Corvette, I could match him, and for maneuverability, because the Sky is shorter, I could best him in heavy, fast traffic. And that's working on only four cylinders and "just" five on the floor. (I can be very competitive, and he was a fighter pilot.) I have driven this baby in all kinds of weather. I prefer to drive her instead of my Saturn Sports Coupe (2002) in slushy conditions because of the traction control -- on, off, middle -- but she's very light in the rear, over the rear wheel drive, so she's not my first choice when the weather gets really bad because the engine weight isn't over the drive wheels. And then there's the issue of inexperienced snow drivers. The SC2 is 12 years old. I'd rather have some inexperienced driver take out my "no more mommy car" than my baby. I have to be careful about sand/salt/pedestrian crosswalk stripes, especially with rain, but it's easy to accommodate these things. After all, when you drive a premium sports car, you learn weaknesses first, as you test out performance. Light in the boot. So be it. Worst things about my baby: First, cup holders are ill-placed and weak plastic. Took five years, but I finally broke one. Second, it's only a weekend getaway car if you travel with someone else and travel light. (I don't have to worry about that anymore.) There really isn't a luggage compartment. The "trunk" is mostly gas tank and space to lower the top. I learned quickly how to pack for travel with and without a passenger. When I do road trip every summer, I pack my luggage for the passenger foot space, with an eye toward taking EVERYTHING in at each hotel on the road. Third, you have to get used to the blind spots when the top is up. It's amazing how much you can't see with the top up versus top down. Top down, you see Everything. You'll need someone to help you set the mirrors for the large blind spots on either side, top up. Fourth, they don't make them anymore. Takes a while to get replacement parts (like the cup holder I finally broke). If they did, I'd be trading in for the latest model, like, two years ago. I love this car so much, and the upgrades that were in the pipeline when the economy did belly-up and Saturn bowed out . . . It's a shame Saturn went under. Now I have to get parts (like replacement key fobs) through Chevrolet. My local dealerships aren't really friendly towards owners of the "Lady's Corvette." I think they want me to upgrade to their no-kidding Corvette. And I think that may also be because of where I live, that dealership attitude. It's a high-income region. Everyone should get a Corvette. Is what is is, here. So be it. I still drive the most stylin' American made ride locally. Even the sister cars, the Soltices, are still around, and we all greet as if we all owned Corvettes. (Those few remaining Soltices drivers are SOOOO stylin', too.). We're more stylin' because we own future classics, never to be seen again --no restyle, no remodel, no next year edition. Sky (like Solstice) was a limited release model in a special world. Anyone can own a Corvette. There are only so many of us who have the privilege of owning a Sky. I want to drive this car until the day I die. It has its drawbacks, and some inconveniences, but no vehicle is perfect. My baby has served me in the way I needed at the time I bought her (call it mid-life crisis if you want) and she continues to serve me well. I doubt I'll ever trade her in. When they finally put me in a nursing home, I have two kids who are already fighting over her. I'm going to have to put her in my will. This IS a Lady's Corvette. It owns all the vrooooom you could ask for. The growl of the engine quite isn't so deep as a Porche, maybe, (it's only four cylinders) but it's still impressive. And it doesn't have a woosy horn, either. This isn't a good car for people much over six-foot. Sorry, not gonna work. When I was working with my dealership to order this baby, I watched one gentleman walk out near tears because the cockpit couldn't give him enough room to sit comfortably in the 2007 model. I felt for him. There are people who have traveled long distances to buy a Sky. It's Blue Book value may be under 10k, but the people who really want this collector's item are willing to travel far and pay more. This will become a major collector's item, much like the Datsun early Z models. It's an incredibly fun and responsive drive. With the RedLine, I have incredible (instead of just great) acceleration responsiveness. I have merged into 60 mph tight traffic in only second gear, with a lovely, powerful growl. (Not recommended, but it was needed at that moment, and this baby can do it!) I dodged into and out of panicky traffic under a tornado warning in a big city at a major interchange during noon rush hour, got to where I needed to go. It's given me two 2400-mile road trips every summer and every other Christmas for the last five years without a problem. She's seven years old, and still performs like she was new, as long as I feed her the high test gas and make sure she gets her regular oil changes and service. She likes being clean. (I've never had a car that didn't perform better after a car wash. Go figure!) I love my Sky."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

One of my most favorite cars in the past 40 years

By on Monday, February 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive and it's a "Head Turner.""

Cons: "Would be GREAT for someone less than 5'5""

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

Saturn Sky

"I love this car but it's not made for a large American. I agree with my friends that say it looks like a mini-Corvette. The 4 cylinder - front engine - rear wheel drive, with 5-speed standard shift in the floor takes me back to my teenage days only not as fast as my '64 Chevy. I hate the idea of letting it go but I recently saw a Corvette that I fell in love with."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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