2009 Sky New Car Test Drive
The Saturn Sky is a two-seat roadster designed to compete against the Mazda MX-5 Miata and other roadsters. Like the Miata, the Sky is relatively affordable when compared against the BMW Z4, Mercedes SLK, Porsche Boxster, Audi TT, and Honda S2000.
We think the Sky is well worth a look for anyone who wants a fun, two-seat cruiser that can drop the top and let the sun shine in. It doesn't have the agility of the Miata, but the Sky is a classic sports car with classic sports car running gear: rear-wheel drive, a fully independent suspension, powerful four-wheel disc brakes, high-performance tires, a double overhead-cam engine, and a manual gearbox.
Saturn's roadster is built on GM's worldwide Kappa platform, a rear-wheel-drive architecture shared with the Pontiac Solstice in the U.S. and the Opel GT in Europe. But while the Solstice is rounded and quietly muscular with relatively subtle surface decoration, the Sky is lean, sharp, aggressive and extroverted. Given their mechanical similarity, the two cars look remarkably different with dramatically different styling. The base Sky comes better equipped than the base-level Solstice.
The Sky comes with a choice of engines. The standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder is a sensible engine, while the Sky Red Line features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder boasting 260 horsepower. The Red Line also comes with special front and rear styling, high-performance tires, and a sports suspension.
Standard equipment includes StabiliTrak electronic stability control, a limited-slip differential, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power height adjuster for the driver's seat, and XM Satellite Radio.
Changes for 2009 are minor and include 18-inch wheels in three finishes, some new colors, and a new OnStar 8.0 that includes Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity.
Another benefit the Sky offers is Saturn's one-price, no-haggle car shopping and one of the best dealer networks in the country.
The 2009 Saturn Sky comes standard with a 173-hp 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine. The base Sky ($27,595) has air conditioning, power windows and door locks, power mirrors, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver's seat, GM's Driver Information Center, OnStar, and a black cloth interior. The standard audio system is a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 unit with XM Satellite Radio, speed-compensated volume, automatic tone control, TheftLock and Radio Data System (RDS). Tires are 245/45VR18 Goodyear Eagle RSA all-season radials on 18-inch aluminum wheels.
The Sky Red Line ($31,905) packs a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine turbocharged to 260 horsepower, a performance-tuned suspension, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, 245/45WR18 Goodyear Eagle F1 high-performance tires, unique treatment of the headlights, grille, and bumper, and dual polished exhaust outlets. Inside, the Red Line features metallic sill plates, stainless steel pedal covers, specific gauges, and a digital boost gauge integrated into the Driver Information Center.
Options include a six-CD changer ($295), a 225-watt, seven-speaker Monsoon sound system ($395), a decklid spoiler ($350), and 18-inch chrome wheels ($545-$795). Leather seating is available as part of a Premium Trim Package for the base model ($795), or as a stand-alone ($475) for the Red Line, and Sunburst Yellow paint costs extra ($195).
Safety features that come standard on all models include front and side air bags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, OnStar emergency communications, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, and a tire-pressure monitor.