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The 2009 Saturn Sky Red Line is the choice for enthusiasts, but both versions handle well.

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Buying Tips:

If you can get a deal on the 2009 Saturn Sky Red Line, there's really no reason to go for the base car. The Red Line's turbocharged, direct-injection 2.0-liter engine is not only smoother, more powerful, and more responsive than the standard 2.4-liter engine, it also gets better fuel economy.

The Saturn Sky has been crash-tested by the federal government and got four-star results in frontal and side impact. The low roadster was also one of just a few cars to obtain top five-star results in NHTSA's rollover risk rating. Side airbags are not available.

Other Choices:

If you like the 2009 Saturn Sky, also consider:

  • Mazda Miata
  • Honda S2000
  • Nissan 350Z Roadster
  • Pontiac Solstice

Reason Why:

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.

The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Saturn Sky looks great and in the Red Line trim is a blast to drive, but its ergonomics and quality keep it from truly competing with the Miata.

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