2009 Saturn Sky

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What Changed for 2009:
  • New Ruby Red and Hydro Blue Limited Edition promotional packages
  • New 18-inch aluminum alloy wheel in three finishes
  • New OnStar 8.0 includes Bluetooth wireless connectivity for hands-free calling
  • Three new exterior colors
The first Saturn model to wear the brand's new face, the 2009 Sky rear-wheel-drive (RWD), 2-seat roadster returns as a carryover model, but adds three new exterior colors, a new wheel design, and enhanced OnStar service with Bluetooth hands-free telephone connectivity. In addition, two new promotional packages are added: Ruby Red Limited Edition and Hydro Blue Limited Edition, both of which include a new split-spoke wheel design. The Sky, which shares its platform with the Pontiac Solstice, competes against the Mazda MX-5 Miata and Honda S2000.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Saturn Sky is available in base Sky and performance-oriented Sky Red Line models, both with a standard manual transmission; a 5-speed automatic transmission is optional on both models. Standard equipment on the Sky and Sky Red Line includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel (with leather shift knob included with premium trim package on the manual-equipped 2.4-liter model and standard on the manual-equipped Sky Red Line); air conditioning; remote keyless entry; power windows, door locks and mirrors; reclining bucket seats; cloth convertible top with power controls; 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS); and a limited-slip differential (optional on Sky, standard on Red Line).

The standard Sky model comes with a 173-hp, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and new 18-inch, 5-spoke, painted aluminum alloy wheels. Sky options include 18-inch polished or chrome-plated wheels, performance exhaust system, and a rear spoiler. The Premium trim package (Sky only) includes Bluetooth wireless connectivity, leather seat surfaces and trim, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, metallic sill plates, and stainless steel pedal covers.

The Sky Red Line, with its 260-hp, Ecotec, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine,features unique interior and exterior differences versus the Sky roadster. These include dual polished aluminum exhaust outlets, black bezels on the headlamps, front lower fascia with functional brake cooling vents and larger mesh pattern in the lower grille (for improved air flow, says Saturn), and 18-inch polished aluminum alloy wheels. On the inside, the Sky Red Line has a leather shift knob, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, metallic sill plates, stainless steel pedal covers, digital boost gauge included in the Driver Information Center, and Red Line-specific gauges. Red Line options include an automatic transmission, performance exhaust, 18-inch chrome-finish wheels, rear spoiler, Red Line embroidery, and leather seat trim.

Other options for both Sky and Sky Red Line include a new-for-2009 (interim model year) radio with a USB port on the face plate that can interface with an iPod or other portable storage device. An optional Weekend Getaway package includes all-weather floor mats, cargo compartment, console and wind deflector storage bags, mud guards, and a wind deflector.

For 2009, the Saturn Sky is powered by a 2.4-liter, Ecotec, dual-overhead cam (DOHC) 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing (VVT), producing 173 hp at 5800 rpm and 167 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm. The Sky Red Line gets its power from a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, Ecotec, DOHC 4-cylinder engine that delivers 260 hp at 5300 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. of torque at 2500-5250 rpm. Both engines transfer power to the rear wheels through the standard Aisin 5-speed manual transmission, with a 5-speed automatic available. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2.4-liter engine are 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway with manual transmission, and 19 mpg city/24 mpg highway in automatic configuration. The 2.0-liter engine in the Sky Red Line gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway (manual) and 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway (automatic).

Electronic stability control and 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and dynamic rear proportioning are standard on all 2009 Saturn Sky models. A limited-slip differential is standard on Red Line models and available on the base Sky. The Sky's suspension features forged-aluminum control arms, Bilstein monotube shocks and hollow stabilizer bars with ball joint sockets. The Sky Red Line features additional hardware, including a performance-tuned suspension.

Safety features on the 2009 Saturn Sky include 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS; dual-stage front air bags for driver and front passenger with passenger-sensing system; front safety belts with pre-tensioners and energy-absorbing retractors; electronic stability control; projector-beam headlamps; tire-pressure monitor; daytime running lamps; remote keyless entry with panic alarm; engine immobilizer; and OnStar free for one year.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Saturn Sky convertible receives a 4-star rating for both occupants in frontal and side-impact crash tests. In NHTSA rollover-resistance testing, the Sky receives a 5-star rating.

The standard audio system in the 2009 Saturn Sky is a 6-speaker, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 capability, along with speed-compensated volume, automatic tone control, TheftLock and Radio Data System. An optional Monsoon 225-watt, 7-speaker system is available. New for 2009, and available mid-model year, is a new radio that includes a USB port on the face plate that can interface with an iPod or other mass storage device. OnStar 8.0 on Saturn Sky models includes Bluetooth wireless connectivity for hands-free calling (standard on Red Line and optional on Sky with Premium Trim package).


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  • Name 2dr Conv Transmission Automatic MSRP 27595.00 Engine 2.4L/145 City/Hwy MPG 19/24
  • Name Red Line (2dr Conv) Transmission Automatic MSRP 31905.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 19/27
  • Name Ruby Red SE (2dr Conv) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29620.00 Engine 2.4L/145 City/Hwy MPG 19/24
  • Name Red Line Ruby Red SE (2dr Conv) Transmission Automatic MSRP 33110.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 19/27
  • Name Hydro Blue SE (2dr Conv) Transmission Automatic MSRP 30190.00 Engine 2.4L/145 City/Hwy MPG 19/24
  • Name Red Line Hydro Blue SE (2dr Conv) Transmission Automatic MSRP 33680.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 19/27
  • Seats, front bucket, reclining with manual seat adjusters, integrated head restraints and rear seatback and front cushion storage pockets
  • Seat trim, cloth
  • Seat adjuster, driver 2-way power height
  • Console, center, located between seatbacks with covered storage
  • Floor mats, carpeted
  • Steering column, rake, adjustable
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped with cruise control and Driver Information Center controls
  • Instrumentation, analog with speedometer, tachometer and fuel gauge
  • Driver Information Center with low-fuel indicator, oil change reminder, outside temperature gauge and digital turbo boost gauge
  • Door locks, power
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Down
  • Remote Keyless Entry extended-range with alarm activation, panic mode and remote trunk release
  • Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III+
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Trunk release, power, remote, interior
  • Air conditioning, single-zone manual
  • Defogger, rear-window electric with manual shutoff and timed reset
  • Glovebox, lockable
  • Cup holder, front center console, passenger-side, stowable
  • Storage, driver side, pocket on rear interior wall
  • Power outlet, auxiliary, 12-volt
  • Accents, interior, Piano Black and chrome-finish
  • Visors, driver and front passenger includes vanity mirror on driver-side
  • Roof interior trim, sound-insulating
  • Lighting, interior map lights for driver and passenger mounted on inside rearview mirror
  • Lighting, trunk courtesy lamp
  • Seat trim, cloth (Does not include Red Line embroidery.)
  • Floor mats, carpeted (Includes Red Line-specific embroidery.)
  • Sill plates, metallic-finish
  • Pedal covers, stainless steel
  • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls
  • Instrumentation, Red Line-specific appearance
  • Driver Information Center with low-fuel indicator, oil change reminder and outside temperature gauge
  • Shift knob, leather-wrapped (Requires (MM5) 5-speed manual transmission.)
  • Seat trim, leather seat inserts
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) painted alloy
  • Tires, P245/45R18-96V performance, all-season
  • Tire inflation kit, includes inflator and tire sealant
  • Hood, front hinged with struts and sport ornamentation
  • Convertible top, manual folding, cloth with glass rear window
  • Headlamps, halogen projector beam with reflector optics and automatic exterior lamp control
  • Fog lamps, front halogen projector beam
  • Lamp, LED center high-mounted stop/brake (CHMSL)
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, body-color, break-away
  • Wipers, front intermittent
  • Door handles, chrome-finish
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) polished alloy
  • Tires, P245/45R18-96W performance
  • Front lower center and fog lamp grille treatments, Red Line-specific
  • Headlamps, halogen projector beam with reflector optics, automatic exterior lamp control and Red Line-specific black bezel treatment
  • Rear badging, Red Line-specific
  • Black accent stripe
  • Silver pearl accent stripe
  • Engine, ECOTEC 2.4L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4-cylinder, aluminum (173 hp [129.0 kW] @ 5800 rpm, 167 lb-ft of torque [225.5 N-m] @ 4500 rpm)
  • Transmission, Aisin 5-speed manual close-ratio with self-adjusting clutch
  • Differential, limited slip
  • Rear axle, 3.91 ratio
  • Drivetrain, rear-wheel drive
  • Battery, maintenance-free with rundown protection
  • Alternator, 125 amps
  • Suspension, 4-wheel independent, SLA
  • Suspension, Sport-tuned
  • Stabilizer bars, front and rear, hollow with ball-joint links
  • Shock absorbers, Bilstein monotube front and rear
  • Steering, power, rack-and-pinion
  • Brakes, 4-wheel disc, power-assist
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock with dynamic rear proportioning
  • Exhaust, stainless steel high-flow
  • Exhaust outlet, single styled polished aluminum
  • Engine, turbocharged and intercooled ECOTEC 2.0L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4-cylinder, aluminum with Direct Injection (260 hp [193.8 kW] @ 5300, 260 lb-ft of torque [351 N-m] @ 2500-5200 rpm)
  • Rear axle, 3.73 ratio
  • Alternator, 140 amps
  • Suspension, Performance-tuned
  • Exhaust outlets, dual styled polished aluminum
  • Premium Trim Package includes leather seat inserts, (UK3) steering-wheel mounted audio controls, (VY7) leather-wrapped shift knob, (B70) metallic finish sill plates, (JF5) stainless steel pedal covers and (UPF) Bluetooth phone interface
  • StabiliTrak, stability control system
  • Traction control
  • Air bags, frontal, driver and right-front passenger (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. See the vehicle's Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
  • Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicle's Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
  • OnStar, 1-year of Safe and Sound plan. Includes Automatic Crash Notification, Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, a link to all Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling and Remote Horn and Lights (OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance and Remote Door Unlock success varies with conditions. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics available on most 2004 MY and newer GM vehicles. Diagnostic capability varies by model. Visit onsta
  • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger with pretensioners and energy-absorbing retractors
  • Trunk emergency release handle
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback, seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), automatic volume, TheftLock and auxiliary input jack
  • XM Radio. XM Radio includes 3 trial months of service. XM turns your world on with commercial-free music channels from Rock to Jazz, Country to Classical, Latin Pop to Hip Hop, and virtually everything in between, all in amazing digital sound. Turn on your favorite Sports with every Major League Baseball game from Opening Day until the World Series, NHL Hockey, the PGA TOUR and college football and basketball. Plus XM brings you the biggest names in news and talk, outrageous comedy, award-winning family programming -- wherever you go from coast to coast. Exclusive live concerts, Oprah and Friends, Radio Disney, and so much more. Find what turns you on (Available only in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately aft
  • Antenna, fixed-mast, AM/FM
  • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
  • Bluetooth for phone personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system and HMI (Human Machine Interface)

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