2009 Saturn Sky Review
The SKY is admired for its sleek and sexy design, but falters when it comes to performance and everyday practicality.
Widely praised for its head-turning design, the 2009 SKY makes a fun drop-top cruiser, but falls below its competitors in terms of performance. What's more, bad ergonomics and miniscule cargo room make it a poor choice for vacationing or running errands. If you're considering the SKY, test-drive a Pontiac Solstice first. Though they're built on the same platform and have similar performance dynamics, the Solstice is available as a coupe with a removable targa top. However, for a real thrill, consider the MX-5 Miata, as it takes the cake when it comes to affordable sports roadsters.
All told, reviewers find that the SKY offers great value and is definitely worth a look. "The 2009 Saturn Sky is, first and foremost, a good-looking car," writes Edmunds. "Even as the model enters its third year of production, the Sky still manages to turn heads. For the majority of potential owners, that alone is worth the price of admission."
General Motors has recently announced plans to close Saturn after negotiations to sell the brand to Penske Automotive Group fell through. What this means is that the SKY -- like its platform-sharing sibling the Pontiac Solstice -- has been discontinued. Car shoppers considering the purchase of a 2009 SKY must act fast. Now that Saturn's operations are shutting down, shoppers might even be able to land a great deal. And don't worry, GM will still honor warranties.
The SKY carries into the 2009 model year virtually unchanged. It is available in two trims, base and performance-tuned Red Line.
- "Like its Solstice sibling, Sky offers affordable sports-car fun, but feels unfinished. The base model rivals Mazda's MX-5 for performance, handling, and style, but not for practicality and overall polish. The punchy Red Line compares more with Honda's S2000 on price and performance, but has the same drawbacks. For now, Saturn (Pontiac, too) gets an A for effort, C for execution." -- Consumer Guide
- "Saturn's new roadster sets a style and performance high water mark for the brand. It's not so much a maxi Miata as a Corvette junior petite." -- Car and Driver
- "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)." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Sky costs about three grand more than the base Solstice and weighs 73 pounds more. Both penny and pound penalties seem worth it." -- Los Angeles Times
- "This is one beautiful automobile, yet unlike most beautiful automobiles -- such as the Mercedes-Benz SL500, Lexus SC 430, or even the BMW Z4, this little Saturn fits the budget of most new-car shoppers -- prices begin under $24,000, about $2,000 under today's average new-car transaction price." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram