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The automotive experts at TheCarConnection.com looked to some of the best automotive resources to put together this review covering the 2009 Saturn Sky. TheCarConnection.com's editors have driven both Sky models on familiar roads as well as especially demanding routes and have added their firsthand impressions.
- Eye-catching design
- Red Line delivers amazing acceleration
- Excellent steering and nimble handling
- Minimal cargo space when top is down
- Soft top is more difficult to lower than it should be
- Virtually no interior storage
- Uncomfortable seats
- Awkward driving position and ergonomics
The 2009 Saturn Sky is an attractive, ground-hugging roadster that shares mechanical bits with the Pontiac Solstice, but is arguably better-looking than its corporate cousin. It also comes with more standard equipment, including air conditioning, standard 18-inch wheels, anti-lock brakes, and keyless entry.
Engine choices for the Saturn sky go from mild to wild with the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder delivering 177 horsepower and the optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder in the Red Line that pumps out a screaming 260 horsepower with very little turbo lag. Both engines can be joined to either a manual or automatic gearbox featuring five speeds pushing power to the rear wheels.
The Red Line model also features a firmer suspension setting, polished 18-inch wheels, and dual chrome-tipped exhaust, as well as its own interior enhancements, such as Red Line-specific instruments (including a digital boost gauge), metallic sill plates, and stainless steel trim. For 2009, Ruby Red and Hydro Blue Limited Edition Packages come with a new split-spoke wheel and a sport stripe.
Both engines propel the Sky well, as it is a lightweight car. According to Saturn, the base Sky makes it to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds with the manual, and the Sky Red Line hits the same mark in 5.5 seconds. The 2.4-liter is not very refined and can feel and sound coarse. The 2.0-liter turbo, on the other hand, is very smooth and responsive with little turbo lag.