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QUALITY | 5 out of 10
there's OK leg space and good top-up headroom
the Sky needs more covered, lockable storage so you can leave it parked with the top down
ergonomics and materials quality leaves much to be desired
Nice vehicles like the 2009 Saturn Sky can never please everyone, but the quality of the interior materials and the ergonomics could be a bit better. Packaging for cargo is also a sore point.
The 2009 Saturn Sky arrives as a "two-seat roadster," according to Edmunds, and most reviews read by TheCarConnection.com are disappointed by the design of the passenger space. While ConsumerGuide notes "there's OK leg space and good top-up headroom," they also say the seat "padding feels skimpy" and the "low seats won't suit some shorter drivers." Edmunds reports "ergonomics and materials quality leaves much to be desired," and the usefulness of cabin space is impeded by the fact that "the transmission tunnel is unusually wide, which can put the squeeze on larger drivers." Car and Driver also observes that "the interior has tidy forms but ergonomics on par with a game of Twister."
The parade of criticism in this category continues when it comes to interior quality, where ConsumerGuide says that the "cabin is awash in cheap-looking hard plastic" and notes the presence of "numerous interior squeaks and rattles." Cars.com adds "the materials are hard to the touch." On the positive side, many reviewers appreciate the "piano black and metallic trim" on the Sky Saturn that Kelley Blue Book feels dominates the interior, imparting a "sophisticated, contemporary ambience."
Things don't get much better for the 2009 Saturn Sky when it comes to practicality and storage space. Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com are quick to point out that the trunk on the Sky Saturn is woefully small, even for a convertible. Edmunds says that the trunk offers "just 5.4 cubic feet of space with the top up and practically none with it down," while Cars.com reports "when the top is down, roughly a backpack's worth of space remains, though the top must be lifted to reach it." The interior cargo possibilities on the Saturn Sky aren't very impressive either, and Cars.com reviewers feel "the Sky needs more covered, lockable storage so you can leave it parked with the top down." ConsumerGuide also notes "cockpit storage is meager, even for a sports car."
The Saturn Sky loses yet more points when it comes to cabin noise. Cars.com laments the fact that "the engine noise is rough and...noisy." ConsumerGuide also notices the presence of "annoying wind rush even at moderate speeds," thanks to the "ill-fitting tops."
If you want a high-quality, well-designed interior that delivers noiseless top-up driving, look beyond the Saturn Sky.