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STYLING | 9 out of 10
Car and Driver
Classy and distinctive styling
Most controls are simple and well marked but can be hard to reach
The Saturn Sky was a new model for the 2007 model year, but it will take much longer than a year for the styling impact of the Sky Saturn to diminish. Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com simply rave about the exterior of the 2008 Saturn Sky, which is about as dramatically styled as any mass-produced vehicle on the road today.
The 2008 Saturn Sky comes in two available trims, which Edmunds says are "base and Red Line models," but the exterior of both is largely the same. That exterior receives lots of love from reviewers; Kelley Blue Book says "GM's designers knocked the styling right out of the park," gushing that the 2008 Saturn Sky simply "looks great." Cars.com agrees, claiming that the Saturn Sky's "daring, more angular design inspires frequent rubber-necking and mouth-breathing." Car and Driver reports that the exterior features "forward-canted side vents, faux hood vents, multiple grille openings with dashes of chrome, and a rear undertray with incorporated backup light." Cars.com adds that the Saturn Sky "comes complete, with few optional adornments" aside from the "chromed versions of the 18-inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler that is so superfluous it appears in almost none of Saturn's marketing photos." Perhaps the most common description of the Sky Saturn in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com is that the car features "mini-Corvette styling," in the words of Car and Driver.
The interior of the 2008 Saturn Sky is nice, but it doesn't quite live up to the expectations set by the dramatic exterior. Kelley Blue Book reviewers are generous in their praise, spotlighting "a smart instrument panel and control layout, piano black and metallic trim" that afford a "sophisticated, contemporary ambiance." ConsumerGuide is more moderate in their review, saying that although "most controls are simple and well marked," they can also be "hard to reach in the tight confines of the cabin, particularly the ill-placed cupholders." Up front, Edmunds reviewers find "the dash is modern and attractive," and Car and Driver feels "the refinement is turned up a notch over the Solstice," the Saturn Sky's sibling from Pontiac.
The 2008 Saturn Sky is a radical step for Saturn, but it's definitely in the right direction.