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The Saturn Sky Makes Me Pine for Pre-Bailout GM

Before the Scion FRS and Subaru BRZ were even twinkles in their parent companies’ eyes, there were the Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice. Both cars were pretty great, but the Saturn Sky was, and always will be, the cooler — and better looking — of the two.

The Sky was offered in two trims, with a 177-horsepower 2.4-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder for the base model, or a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder for the sporty Red Line model that put out a highly respectable 260 hp — and which could take the little roadster to 60 in about five and a half seconds. You could also get a dealer-installed turbo upgrade kit that boosted the Red Line’s power to 290 hp, which made it a real force to be reckoned with. The Sky also handled like a sports car should, feeling nimble and predictable in the corners. See the Saturn Sky models for sale near you

The Saturn brand was never really known for pushing the envelope, aside from offering "no-haggle" pricing and plastic body panels, but the Sky had some truly unique styling. It was much better looking than its Solstice brother, and it even managed to look a bit like it was related to the Corvette. I was in high school when the Sky first came out, and I remember thinking that it looked amazing. To this day, every time I see one, I can’t help but think that the design held up. The Sky’s styling seemed ahead of its time for 2007 — kind of like with the first-generation Audi R8. And that’s a very rare thing for any pre-bailout GM car.

Unfortunately, the Sky had a few drawbacks. For instance: It was panned by several reviewing publications for the complete lack of ergonomics in the cockpit. You couldn’t put the roof down or up without getting out of the car. Also: It was hard to read the gauges, the steering wheel didn’t telescope and the shifter was too high up.

But that doesn’t stop me from wanting one of these quirky, uncommon cars from GM’s pre-bailout days. Currently, there are only 149 for sale across the country on Autotrader, and they’ve all held their values quite well. The nicer low-mileage examples are all in the high teens, just a few grand less than their original asking price. In fact, it’s very possible that the Saturn Sky may have what it takes to eventually appreciate in value (unlike almost every other GM vehicle from its time) — and so, my fellow Sky fans, you might want to buy now. Find a Saturn Sky for sale

Picture Credit: Reedred – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0.

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9 COMMENTS

    • I have to disagree, and side with the article author that the Sky was better looking. I’ve always referred to the Solstice as the “Mr. Potatohead car, as it looks like a potato with two headlights and a kidney grill attached. In fact, there was even a commercial made featuring Mr. and Mrs. Potatohead driving a Solstice.

  1. Drove the turbo 4 once and it was a ton of fun.

    However, according to auotrader, it can be had with a V8:
      http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?zip=78749&modelCode1=SKY&referrer=%2Fcars-for-sale%2Fsearchresults.xhtml%3Fzip%3D78749%26showcaseOwnerId%3D0%26startYear%3D1981%26listingType%3Dused%26endYear%3D2017%26modelCodeList%3DSKY%26makeCodeList%3DSATURN%26modelCode1%3DSKY%26mmt%3D%255BSATURN%255BSKY%255B%255D%255D%255B%255D%255D%26listingTypes%3Dused%26makeCode1%3DSATURN%26firstRecord%3D0%26searchRadius%3D100&showcaseOwnerId=0&listingTypes=used&startYear=1981&numRecords=25&makeCode1=SATURN&firstRecord=0&endYear=2017&searchRadius=100&listingId=442912946&makeCode1=SATURN&modelCode1=SKY
  2. I love this car, if it wasn’t 2 seat, I’d own it over my BRZ, but kids, wife, etc….Yes they do all fit in the BRZ, maybe not the way THEY want to fit, but I manage when necessary. 🙂

  3. I was pretty interested in the Sky when it first came out, but I just couldn’t pull the trigger on buying a Saturn.  Considered the Solstice instead, but didn’t like the styling as much.  

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