• (4.9) 30 reviews
  • Available Prices: $2,247–$21,991
  • Body Style: Convertible
  • Engine: 173-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD
  • Seats: 2
2008 Saturn Sky

Our Take on the Latest Model 2008 Saturn Sky

What We Don't Like

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Notable Features

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

2008 Saturn Sky Reviews

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.

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.

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.

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.

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There are currently 6 recalls for this car.

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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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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