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2010 Saturn Sky Overview

Saturn expands the Sky lineup for 2010 by adding a new Sky Roadster Preferred trim, which joins the existing base Roadster and the high-performance Sky Red Line trims. In addition, Saturn offers the Sky in new colors for 2010, including Sunburst Yellow, Dark Granite, and Kinetic Blue. Leather upholstery becomes a standard feature for the Sky Roadster Preferred and Sky Red Line, and Saturn adds a remote vehicle starter system as standard equipment to the Preferred and Red Line trims equipped with an automatic transmission. Also, all trims receive 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season radial tires for 2010.

Now in its fourth year of production, the two-seat Saturn Sky roadster retains its European-influenced, sports-car exterior styling, characterized by a low-slung stance, hood vents, a deep front air intake, a pronounced front fender center peak, and a chrome front bar with an integrated Saturn badge. The Sky still rides on GM's global rear-wheel-drive compact performance platform, which it shares with a number of other vehicles, including the Pontiac Solstice.

A 2.4-liter, double-overhead-cam four-cylinder Ecotec engine, producing 173 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque, powers the base Sky Roadster and Roadster Preferred trims. The Sky Red Line increases the power quotient with its turbocharged 2.0-liter, direct-injection four-cylinder Ecotec engine, which generates 260 hp at 5,300 rpm and 260 ft-lb of torque. Both engines link to a five-speed Aisin manual transmission with a short-throw shifter, which comes standard, or an optional five-speed automatic.

For open-air driving, the Saturn Sky comes equipped with a sound-insulated, manual-folding convertible cloth top with a fixed glass rear window. Adding to the Sky's sports-car pedigree are a reverse-hinged hood and rear clamshell decklid. Projector-beam foglights and polished exhaust tips also come standard.

Inside, standard features include bucket seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, air conditioning, a Driver Information Center, and a six-speaker AM/FM audio system with a CD player, MP3 connectivity, and XM satellite radio. OnStar also comes standard, with Bluetooth standard on the Red Line trim. Options include a premium Monsoon audio system with a CD changer. Under the Sky's sleek body, a rigid chassis incorporating a hydroformed tube structure reduces body flex and ensures a firm, stable ride. Bilstein shock absorbers, power rack-and-pinion hydraulic steering, antilock brakes, a limited-slip differential, and the StabiliTrak stability control system also come standard.


Rob has been a contributor to CarGurus since 2007, and an automotive test-driver and writer since the early ’90s. He’s test-driven everything from BMWs and Jags to Bentleys and Saabs, with an occasional Range Rover, Ferrari, Porsche or Lamborghini thrown in. He also created the annual Car of the Year and Exotic Car of the Year awards for Robb Report magazine. He currently resides in Florida.

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