2008 Saturn Sky vs. Its Competition

2008 Saturn Sky 2-door Convertible Red Line Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

General Motors says that shoppers typically won't consider both the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky, but the comparison is inevitable.

The Solstice starts several thousand dollars cheaper than the 2008 Saturn Sky but has more basic appointments; for instance, it doesn't include power windows and locks or keyless entry.

But the Solstice, in standard or GXP (equivalent to Red Line) models, offers comparable wind-in-hair performance for less money.

Admittedly, the Saturn has a superior interior, with a more attractive instrument panel design and better controls.

But nearly all else is the same.

Otherwise, the Honda S2000 may be the closest competitor to the Sky Red Line and Solstice GXP; it brings an incredibly rev-happy, 237-horsepower, 2.2-liter VTEC four-cylinder and six-speed manual that doesn't match the Red Line for straight-line performance but beats it for the tactile experience.

A quick drive in the Mazda Miata also reveals what's lacking in the base Sky roadster: the basics.

The Miata covers all the necessities with a certain tactile charm lacking in the Sky; the shift action, super-direct steering feel, and sound of the modest engine powering the balanced, lightweight roadster are still unbeatable.

But for those seeking more power, the torquey Nissan 350Z Roadster is also worth a look.

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Quick Specs
7.6
The 2008 Saturn Sky has an especially seductive shape, but it lacks the expected charm and simple sophistication from behind the wheel.
6.8
Practicality and comfort take second billing to sportscar performance and flashy looks in the 2009 Pontiac Solstice.
7.8
The 2008 Honda S2000 is a purist's sports car, with the resulting compromises in room and refinement.
MSRP From  
$25,855$24,275$34,300
Gas Mileage  
19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4
EPA Class  
Two Seater2-SeaterTwo Seater
Style Name  
2-Door Convertible2-Door Convertible2-Door Convertible
Drivetrain  
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
222
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
2 Door Convertible2 Door Convertible2 Door Convertible
Transmission  
ManualManualManual