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2009 Saturn Sky Convertible

2dr Conv Ruby Red SE *Ltd Avail*

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  • $29,620 original MSRP
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2009 Saturn Sky Convertible

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Saturn Sky Convertible

Saturn's Sky offers bold styling that GM hopes can lure buyers away from the popular Mazda Miata and Honda S2000. The Red Line offers as much horsepower as any other 2-seat convertible under $35,000, and produces enough punch to run with many roadsters that cost $10,000 more.

What's new for 2009?

The Saturn Sky sees mostly cosmetic changes for 2009, though Bluetooth hands-free connectivity is now standard on the Sky Red Line and optional on the base model.

Model Strengths

  • Stunning Corvette-inspired styling
  • extensive standard equipment
  • crisp handling
  • powerful engine option

Model Review

The Saturn Sky, which debuted for the 2007 model year, shares the same Kappa platform as the Pontiac Solstice. Standard features include 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, air conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry and the usual power accoutrements. The Sky separates itself from its Pontiac sibling, the Solstice, by providing an added layer to the cloth convertible top for more noise attenuation and a revised suspension.

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Source: The Car Connection

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.

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.

The 2009 Saturn has quick-ratio steering that feels precise and brings a good sense of the road. The ride quality is firm, though not terribly hard. Handling is predictable even approaching the limits of adhesion.

While the Sky excels in overall design and styling, it fails to impress in terms of ergonomics. The base seats are narrow and not very comfortable, the steering wheel doesn't telescope, and the pedals don't adjust. These leave shorter drivers feeling too close to the wheel and taller drivers placed far from the shifter. Other ergonomic oddities include a dearth of storage spaces, oddly placed and flimsy cup holders, and window switches that are placed where your elbow would normally rest on the armrest.

The convertible top on the Saturn Sky is also disappointing in execution; raising and lowering the roof requires getting out of the car and securing two anchor points (much more of an ordeal than it is with the Mazda Miata). Visibility is poor with the top up, and with it down, trunk space all but disappears. On the road, several test cars exhibit a lot of wind noise with the top up.

The base 2009 Saturn Sky roadster comes quite well equipped. The list includes power doors and windows, cruise control, air conditioning, keyless entry, and a decent AM/FM/CD audio system with iPod accessory plug. There's also a Carbon Flash SE model that brings appearance extras similar to the Red Line, including 18-inch chrome wheels, projector-beam headlamps with black bezels, leather seats, stainless steel pedals, and metallic sill plates. Stability control and anti-lock brakes are also standard on both models, as is a limited-slip differential. A radio with XM is standard as well, while a Monsoon audio system is an option.

The 2009 Saturn Sky rolls into a new model year with only minor changes. New for the 2009 model year is an available Bluetooth hands-free connection, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, and three colors.

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.


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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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Intermittent Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Saturn Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile¹ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile² Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile³ Powertrain Limited Warranty for model years up to 2014.

¹Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

²Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

³Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2010 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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