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.
|2008 Saturn Sky||2009 Pontiac Solstice||2008 Honda S2000|
|$25,855Browse Used Listings||$24,275Browse Used Listings||$34,300Browse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas 4-Cyl||Gas I4|
|Two Seater||2-Seater||Two Seater|
|2-Door Convertible||2-Door Convertible||2-Door Convertible|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Convertible||2 Door Convertible||2 Door Convertible|