Compare 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs 2009 Saturn Sky

2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2009 Saturn Sky
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2-Door Convertible Manual SV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Convertible Manual SV 22 28 $20,108 $21,750
2-Door Convertible Manual Sport 22 28 $21,030 $22,750
2-Door Convertible Automatic Sport 21 28 $23,111 $25,010
2-Door Convertible Manual Touring 21 28 $23,185 $25,090
2-Door Convertible PRHT Manual Sport 22 28 $23,461 $25,390
2-Door Convertible Automatic Touring 21 28 $24,198 $26,190
2-Door Convertible Manual Grand Touring 21 28 $24,346 $26,350
2-Door Convertible PRHT Manual Touring 21 28 $24,751 $26,790
2-Door Convertible Automatic Grand Touring 21 28 $25,359 $27,450
2-Door Convertible PRHT Automatic Touring 21 28 $25,764 $27,890
2-Door Convertible PRHT Manual Grand Touring 21 28 $26,041 $28,190
2-Door Convertible PRHT Automatic Grand Touring 21 28 $27,054 $29,290
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2-Door Convertible
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Convertible 19 25 $26,215 $27,595
2-Door Convertible Ruby Red SE 19 25 $28,139 $29,620
2-Door Convertible Hydro Blue SE 19 25 $28,680 $30,190
2-Door Convertible Red Line 19 28 $29,831 $31,905
2-Door Convertible Red Line Ruby Red SE 19 28 $30,957 $33,110
2-Door Convertible Red Line Hydro Blue SE 19 28 $31,490 $33,680
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,108
$26,215
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,750
$27,595
Monthly Payment Estimate
$363 / month
$460 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Mazda MX-5 is the closest thing to a reincarnated British roadster on the planet, albeit one with altogether better reliability, fit, and finish. 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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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seater Two Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.2 52.7
Passenger Capacity
2 2
Front Leg Room (in)
43.1 42.7
Front Hip Room (in)
50.6 50.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 50
Front Head Room (in)
37.4 38.4
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
49.0 50.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.9 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
91.7 95.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.7 71.4
Track Width, Front (in)
58.7 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.6 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
157.3 161.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
5.3 5.4 (2.0 w/top down)
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 10.9 x 0.5
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.4 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.7 13
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.0 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
30.8 34.9
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QFX
Front Tire Size
P205/50R16 P245/45VR18
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA QFX
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/50R16 P245/45VR18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2447 2965
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 18 x 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 18 x 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 7.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 125
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
167 @ 7000 173 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
140 @ 5000 167 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA LE5
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.4L/145
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 (Est) 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- TBD - 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 (Est) 25
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.76 3.67
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.89 2.26
Trans Order Code
NA MM5
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.10 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 3.75
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.33 1.51
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.73
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Door Convertible
Vehicle Name
Mazda MX-5 Miata Saturn Sky
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.07
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Indep Sport-tuned
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone Indep Sport-tuned
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.95
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer Bar
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 5

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