2009 Saturn Sky Review

The 2009 Saturn Sky disappointed test drivers with its inadequate base engine and low safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride
  • Complicated manual soft top
  • Poor safety score for the class
  • Small trunk space




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 6.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 8.1 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
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2009 Saturn Sky Overview

The 2009 Saturn Sky is outfitted with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower. Some reviewers said this engine is underpowered, especially on the highway. Other reviewers thought the engine has enough power, but that it is too loud and rough. The Red Line model has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 260 horsepower. Reviewers favored that engine over the base. Test drivers didn’t like the standard manual transmission and recommended the automatic. The Sky has fuel economy ratings as high as 19/29 mpg, which is good for the class. Reviewers liked the Sky’s soft suspension and responsive steering. Overall, they said the ride quality is really smooth.

For the most part, automotive reviewers liked the Sky’s interior finishes, but a few thought it has too much hard plastic. According to most test drivers, the seats are comfortable and supportive. With the top up, the Sky has 5.4 cubic feet of trunk space, and when the top is lowered, the trunk shrinks to only 2 cubic feet of space. Reviewers complained about the difficulty of storing the Sky’s manual soft top in the trunk. The 2009 Saturn Sky comes standard with full power accessories, air conditioning, a six-speaker audio system and satellite radio. Available features include Bluetooth, a seven-speaker Monsoon audio system and leather seat inserts.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2009 Mazda Miata has a standard automatic soft top and an available hard top. The Miata and Sky have similar fuel economy ratings. However, the Miata won over reviewers with its engaging engine and smooth manual transmission.

The 2009 Nissan 350Z is a great convertible for those looking for athletic handling and quick acceleration. The 350Z also has higher safety scores than the Sky.

Compare the Sky to the Miata and 350Z »

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