2008 Saturn Sky Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Saturn Sky was new.

Though it has an eye-catching exterior design, the 2008 Saturn SKY can't match leading sports cars in performance or their easy-to-use features. The SKY ranks near the bottom of its class.




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 6.5
Safety: 8.1
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Pros & Cons

  • Handsome exterior design
  • Higher-trim Red Line SKY provides class-competitive handling and acceleration
  • Affordable value compared to competitors within its class
  • Base trim has muted power for a sports car
  • Hard-to-read and reach instruments
  • Poorly designed convertible top
  • Virtually no cargo space, even for a sports car

2008 Saturn Sky Overview

The 2008 Saturn SKY is a fairly new model -- just introduced to Saturn's lineup for 2007 -- and it shares a mechanical platform with the Pontiac Solstice. If reviewers were to recommend a sports car on looks alone, the SKY would be at the top of their lists. Unfortunately, issues like the SKY's uneven performance, cramped cabin accommodations, and awkward ergonomics cause them to suggest shopping around. According to Forbes: "The problem with this handsome vehicle is that it's what we might call 'sculpture:' all show and no go. In the segment, Mazda's Miata sets a high standard for performance. While the Sky is just as handsome as the Miata, it is not a lot of fun to operate."

In addition to its base model, the 2008 Saturn SKY is available as a performance-tuned Red Line trim that's acknowledged for its finesse.

  • "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
  • "My nickname for Saturn's new car, the 2007 Sky, is "Saturn's best secret." The reason: During my weeklong test drive, other drivers repeatedly sought me out to ask "what is that?" " -- Road & Travel Magazine
  • "As you'd expect, the Saturn Sky inherits the Solstice's strengths and bears its flaws. But as an attractive, affordable sports car that's zippy enough to be entertaining, yet docile enough to live with every day, it works. And it's anything but icky." -- Motor Trend
  • "Red Line Edition is a blast to drive. It punches all the buttons -- acceleration, handling and jazzy looks that turn heads even though the Sky has been out a while." -- MarketWatch
  • "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
  • "The new Saturn Sky roadster reinforces my personal theory of successful sports car building: Give folks a sexy-looking car at a reasonable price and they'll reach for their checkbooks at the approximate speed of a nuclear reaction." -- Sacramento Bee

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