Compare 2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs 2009 Saturn Sky

2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2009 Saturn Sky
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2-Door Convertible Manual SV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Convertible Manual SV 22 27 $19,081 $20,635
2-Door Convertible Manual Sport 22 27 $20,002 $21,635
2-Door Convertible Automatic Sport 20 27 $22,033 $23,840
2-Door Convertible Manual Touring 21 28 $22,116 $23,930
2-Door Convertible PRHT Manual Sport 22 27 $22,609 $24,465
2-Door Convertible Automatic Touring 20 27 $23,129 $25,030
2-Door Convertible Manual Grand Touring 21 28 $23,323 $25,240
2-Door Convertible PRHT Manual Touring 21 28 $23,802 $25,760
2-Door Convertible Automatic Grand Touring 20 27 $24,335 $26,340
2-Door Convertible Manual Special Edition 21 28 $24,567 $26,590
2-Door Convertible PRHT Automatic Touring 20 27 $24,815 $26,860
2-Door Convertible PRHT Manual Grand Touring 21 28 $25,046 $27,110
2-Door Convertible Automatic Special Edition 20 27 $25,257 $27,340
2-Door Convertible PRHT Automatic Grand Touring 20 27 $26,058 $28,210
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2-Door Convertible
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Convertible 19 25 $26,215 $27,595
2-Door Convertible Ruby Red SE 19 25 $28,139 $29,620
2-Door Convertible Hydro Blue SE 19 25 $28,680 $30,190
2-Door Convertible Red Line 19 28 $29,831 $31,905
2-Door Convertible Red Line Ruby Red SE 19 28 $30,957 $33,110
2-Door Convertible Red Line Hydro Blue SE 19 28 $31,490 $33,680
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,081
$26,215
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,635
$27,595
Monthly Payment Estimate
$344 / month
$460 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata brings the classic roadster into the modern era, with fantastic handling and an optional power-folding hardtop. The 2009 Saturn Sky looks great and in the Red Line trim is a blast to drive, but its ergonomics and quality keep it from truly competing with the Miata.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seater Two Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
43.1 42.7
Front Hip Room (in)
50.6 50.6
Front Head Room (in)
37.4 38.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 50
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.2 52.7
Passenger Capacity
2 2
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.7 71.4
Track Width, Front (in)
58.7 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.6 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
157.3 161.1
Height, Overall (in)
49.0 50.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.9 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
91.7 95.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
5.3 5.4 (2.0 w/top down)
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 10.9 x 0.5
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.4 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.7 13
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.0 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
15.4 34.9
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA QFX
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/50R16 P245/45VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QFX
Front Tire Size
P205/50R16 P245/45VR18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2445 2965
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 18 x 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 18 x 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 7.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 125
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
MPFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
140 @ 5000 167 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA LE5
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.4L/145
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
166 @ 6700 173 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 21
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 3.75
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.33 1.51
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.76 3.67
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.89 2.26
Trans Order Code
NA MM5
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.10 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Door Convertible
Vehicle Name
Mazda MX-5 Miata Saturn Sky
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone Indep Sport-tuned
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.95
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.07
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Indep Sport-tuned
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5

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