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Avg. Price Paid:$12,962 - $14,534
Original MSRP: $27,595 - $33,110
MPG: 19 City / 25 Hwy
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2009 Saturn Sky Interior

This interior review was written when the 2009 Saturn Sky was new.

Auto writers complain of ergonomic quirks and a lack of cargo room, but generally find the SKY's cabin comfortable and more attractive than that of the Pontiac Solstice.

  • "Sky's brightwork and piano-black finishes look upscale vs. the Solstice's cockpit. Like the Solstice, however, the cabin is awash in cheap-looking hard plastic. Several test models suffered from numerous interior squeaks and rattles." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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)." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Sky-walker is a comfortable cruiser, with well bolstered seats, a decent sound system and adequate protection from buffeting at speeds up to about 80 mph." -- Los Angeles Times

Seating

Despite its squeezed accommodations, reviewers find that the SKY provides moderately comfortable seating for two.

  • "Tighter for six-footers here than in the Mazda MX-5, but there's OK leg space and good top-up headroom. Low seats won't suit some shorter drivers--and impede entry and exit for all. Seats have good lateral and lower-back support, but the padding feels skimpy." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Seating is comfortable, with adequate side bolsters for spirited driving, although the transmission tunnel is unusually wide, which eliminates any possibility of center storage space and puts the squeeze on larger drivers." -- Edmunds
  • "I'd swear I was thoroughly uncomfortable in the Sky, yet after an entire day behind the wheel I was neither sore nor tired. I suspect the seat was actually forcing me to sit with better posture than I usually would, but it felt awkward." -- New York Times
  • "There's decent leg, arm and even head room with the top up. And the seats are wide and supportive and hold two in comfort without fatigue after long distance travel. But this is a small, two seater so your thighs will often come in contact with the door trim." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "The seats are wonderful with good side support in spirited cornering and enough support elsewhere to make them all day comfortable, which is good since you can't adjust them without opening the door." -- MarketWatch

Interior Features

Auto writers complain of ergonomic and design quirks plaguing many of the SKY's convenience features.

  • "The Sky's interior...has the essential climate controls, stereo system and the 5-speed manual gearbox, which are all within close range and are easy to identify and operate." -- Automobile.com
  • "The gauges are set in deep tunnels and can be hard to read even by day. Most controls are simple and well marked but can be hard to reach in the tight confines of the cabin, particularly the ill-placed cupholders." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The one curious aspect of both is the lack of sports-car instrumentation. There is a tach and speedometer (large and quite legible), but other than the fuel gauge, little else you'd expect in an open-top sportster, such as amps or water temp or oil pressure." -- Road and Track
  • "The window buttons and mirror control reside closer to your elbow than your fingers and require an uncomfortable wrist wrench to operate." -- Car and Driver
  • "While the ancillary bits are hard to reach, the important stuff is well placed and feel good to the hand." -- Motor Trend
  • "The [optional] Monsoon stereo is tuned to be audible above the din of wind and road noise that assails the cabin with the top down (and to some extent, with the top up as well), rather than for acoustic refinement. Audio output is impeded somewhat by the lack of space in the cabin as the legs of the driver and front passenger muffle the sound coming from the in-door speakers." -- CNET

Cargo

Reviewers are disappointed with the SKY's lack of cargo and storage room. With the top up, its trunk measures a mere 5.4 cubic-feet, but becomes substantially less once lowered.

  • "Living with the 2009 Saturn Sky as an everyday driver is easy, assuming you don't need a lot of cargo space." -- Edmunds
  • "The top folds into the trunk after lifting the rear-hinged lid and leaves oddly shaped space for only smaller items like briefcases. Top-up space is sufficient for one large golf bag or two small ones. Cockpit storage is meager, even for a sports car." -- Consumer Guide
  • "First and foremost is that if you actually want to drive the car on vacation, you should be considering a holiday at a nudist colony. With the gas tank intruding into the trunk from below and the top eating up what little space is left over, you will learn to pack lightly -- perhaps using poster tubes for luggage." - New York Times
  • "The rest of the interior was not quite as endearing. Storage space is at a minimum, consisting of mostly unusable little trays at the bottom of the door sills, a small glove compartment, and a hard-to-reach compartment between the seats at the rear of the interior." -- Orlando Sentinel
Review Last Updated: 11/30/09

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