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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 163 Ratings for the 2007 - 2010 models.

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

2009 SKY

By on Saturday, November 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Lots of fun"

Cons: "No space in trunk"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Great car to have fun with, good gas milage and fast to drive. It is 5 years old but gets lots of looks."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

As fun to drive as it is beautiful!

By on Friday, November 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

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
10/10

Pros: "awesome to drive; have a need for speed? try this."

Cons: "multi disc changer would have been nice."

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

"I paid quite a bit for this prize and I feel it was very worth it. However, I feel horribly cheated on KBB value. It is 7 years old with 16,000 miles, immaculate condition and still smells like "new leather". With that said under $11,000 is so wrong! I have seen 14 year old pieces of junk selling for 15k!"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great Car, Fun to Drive, Easy on Gas, Turns Heads

By on Saturday, October 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,300

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun, sporty, unique"

Cons: "Small trunk, no spare tire (like a lot of cars)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

My Custom Saturn Sky modified to look like the Vauxhall VX Concept Car

"Saturn Sky is a great little 2 seater. They handle great and have plenty of creature comforts. The car is reliable and easy on gas, insurance and to maintain. Only negatives are small trunk and no coupe version. (kind of a good replacement for the old Fiero)"

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

My Custom Saturn Sky modified to look like the Vauxhall VX Concept Car

Great vehicle for short guy

By on Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,700

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
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive. Great stereo. Sharp wheels/tires."

Cons: "No trunk."

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

"My vehicle is stylish and looks great but Im 6'2" and cant get my legs under the steering wheel easily. Has no trunk for carrying traveling articles. Trunk has to be slammed or it wont seal and the TRUNK OPEN alarm continues until you get it closed. Has convenient cigarette lighter for charging phones and the like. Has attractive wheels and wide tires to make the car look sharp. Not so strong engine but has gauges to tell what gas mileage youre getting average and instant. Got a great deal on mine and it sits under a cover in a storage locker to preserve it. Battery replacement is almost impossible and jump starting isn't easy. But overall this is a great car as long as youre not going too far. The leather seats are two tone and they are sharp."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great 2 seat convertible with street appeal

By on Friday, August 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "street appeal. looks like 66 corvette"

Cons: "2 seats. limited storage and luggage space"

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

"Purchased this 2007 Sky in Wisconsin and is a one owner vehicle. Driven only in the summer months and stored in winter. Treated with TLC. Reluctantly selling because the 2 seat configuration no longer works for us. Everyone should have at least one convertible in their lifetime and this is the dream car for a student. It has the looks, power, and safety a student would embrace."

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."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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