The car that reinvented this segment back in 1991, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is still the strongest contender.
A quick drive in the Mazda reveals what's lacking in the base Sky roadster: the basics.
It offers excellent quality, good ergonomics, and a top that raises and lowers with one hand.
Lacking a higher-horsepower version, the Mazda loses its pole position when looking for competitors to the Sky Red Line.
That honor goes to the Honda S2000; 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.
For those seeking more power, the torquey Nissan 350Z Roadster is also worth a look.
If you want to keep your money in the GM family, the Pontiac Solstice is the only choice.
Mechanically identical to the Sky, it offers a different look at a slightly lower price point.
|2009 Saturn Sky||2009 Pontiac Solstice||2008 Honda S2000|
|$27,595Browse Used Listings||$24,275Browse Used Listings||$34,300Browse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 28 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|