2009 Saturn Sky vs. Its Competition

2009 Saturn Sky Ruby Red SE

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.

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Quick Specs
7.0
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.
6.8
Practicality and comfort take second billing to sportscar performance and flashy looks in the 2009 Pontiac Solstice.
7.8
The 2008 Honda S2000 is a purist's sports car, with the resulting compromises in room and refinement.
MSRP From  
$27,595$24,275$34,300
Gas Mileage  
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4
EPA Class  
Two Seater2-SeaterTwo Seater
Style Name  
2-Door Convertible2-Door Convertible2-Door Convertible
Drivetrain  
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
222
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
2 Door Convertible2 Door Convertible2 Door Convertible
Transmission  
ManualManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2009 Saturn Sky vs. 2009 Pontiac Solstice2009 Saturn Sky vs. 2008 Honda S2000