2008 Saturn Sky

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Key Specs

of the 2008 Saturn Sky. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance potential
  • Handling potential
  • Bold appearance
  • Price for its class

The Bad

  • Pending further review

Notable Features of the 2008 Saturn Sky

  • Standard electronic stability system
  • 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Near 50/50 weight distribution

2008 Saturn Sky Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Saturn decided to reach out to sports car enthusiasts last year when it released the Sky roadster. For 2008, Saturn has already updated the Sky, adding standard StabiliTrack electronic stability control, interior tweaks and XM Satellite Radio, among other additions. The Sky competes in the same market segment as the Mazda MX-5 Miata and Honda S2000.

Exterior
The rear-wheel-drive Sky's styling established a new design theme for Saturn. Inspired by the Vauxhall VX Lightning Concept, the Sky has a wide stance and short overhangs. Overall, the car displays a blend of sharp edges and flowing curves, with pronounced fender peaks and a clamshell hood.

The bold front end features a slim upper grille with a chrome bar bearing an integrated Saturn badge. Auxiliary openings flank a large lower air intake, and large concave depressions extend from the front fenders through the doors. The convertible top folds completely into the rear compartment.

Aluminum 18-inch wheels are installed. Equipped with coil-over Bilstein monotube shock absorbers, the Sky has a four-wheel-independent suspension. Riding a 95.1-inch wheelbase, the two-seater is 161.1 inches long overall and stands 50.1 inches tall. Front-to-rear weight distribution is close to 50/50.

New exterior colors for 2008 include Techno Gray, replacing Silver Graphite, and the limited availability Carbon Flash.


Interior
The Sky received a nice interior upgrade for 2008. Its driver-focused two-seat interior now can be perso...
Vehicle Overview
Saturn decided to reach out to sports car enthusiasts last year when it released the Sky roadster. For 2008, Saturn has already updated the Sky, adding standard StabiliTrack electronic stability control, interior tweaks and XM Satellite Radio, among other additions. The Sky competes in the same market segment as the Mazda MX-5 Miata and Honda S2000.

Exterior
The rear-wheel-drive Sky's styling established a new design theme for Saturn. Inspired by the Vauxhall VX Lightning Concept, the Sky has a wide stance and short overhangs. Overall, the car displays a blend of sharp edges and flowing curves, with pronounced fender peaks and a clamshell hood.

The bold front end features a slim upper grille with a chrome bar bearing an integrated Saturn badge. Auxiliary openings flank a large lower air intake, and large concave depressions extend from the front fenders through the doors. The convertible top folds completely into the rear compartment.

Aluminum 18-inch wheels are installed. Equipped with coil-over Bilstein monotube shock absorbers, the Sky has a four-wheel-independent suspension. Riding a 95.1-inch wheelbase, the two-seater is 161.1 inches long overall and stands 50.1 inches tall. Front-to-rear weight distribution is close to 50/50.

New exterior colors for 2008 include Techno Gray, replacing Silver Graphite, and the limited availability Carbon Flash.


Interior
The Sky received a nice interior upgrade for 2008. Its driver-focused two-seat interior now can be personalized with unique — rather than factory-dictated — interior/exterior color combinations. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard for 2008, and a leather shift knob is optional (standard on the higher performance Sky Red Line version). Leather upholstery is also available. Height adjustment on the driver's seat is now standard.

The six-speaker audio system was also improved for 2008. The standard AM/FM stereo now includes a CD player, speed-compensated volume and XM Satellite Radio. A Monsoon 225-watt seven-speaker system is optional.


Under the Hood
The Sky's 2.4-liter four-cylinder delivers 172 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 167 pounds-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. An Aisin five-speed manual gearbox with a short-throw shifter is standard, and a five-speed automatic transmission is optional. Manual transmissions are now equipped with a torque beam that helps reduce noise and vibration.

The Sky Red Line features an Ecotec turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, boasting 260 hp at 5,300 rpm and 260 pounds-feet of torque at 2,500 rpm.


Safety
For 2008, Saturn added a standard electronic stability system and limited-slip differential. The Sky is equipped with front airbags and standard all-disc antilock brakes. GM's OnStar communication system is standard.


Latest 2008 Sky Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Drives like a charm

by Grace loves turtles from Bowling Green Ky on July 11, 2018

This Saturn Sky meets all of my requirements has plenty of leg room excellent on gas very easy to drop the top overall the body style is great Read full review

(5.0)

Red line fast-fun for ten grand

by Happy Guy 78 from Southampton on June 19, 2018

I should of bought this car new in 2008, and I would have had 10 more years of fun, great looker we get thumbs up all the time,red chrome wheels Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2008 Saturn Sky currently has 5 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2008 Saturn Sky Base

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall Rollover Rating
5 Star
Driver's
4 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
4 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sky received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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