When putting the top back up, you've also got to close the cover's locks, and it requires that you walk around to the other side of the car. It's not hard, mind you, but it takes more time and effort than in the MX-5. Could this be a dealbreaker? I don't think so; I'm pretty sure buyers will endure this to benefit from the visual effect of a top that disappears completely. I just wish the tonneau cover didn't seem like it was exploding when you unlock it.
The cockpit is tight, but an MX-5's interior isn't all that better. Your elbow will rub against the hard-plastic door panel, and you have the impression of sitting in a bathtub. However, the seats are very comfortable despite their limited adjustability, and some staffers feel that headroom is better in the SKY than its Mazda nemesis.
The dashboard and controls are pure GM; they look a little cheap, but work well nonetheless. Curiously, there are three cupholders for two passengers, although the one that pops out of the center tunnel feels like it was bought at Dollarama. There is no manual deactivation for the passenger-side airbag, but the seat effectively detected both my kids and their respective child seats, and automatically turned off the restraint system.
Saturn retailers should be glad that GM is finally giving them some ammo, and the drop-dead-beautiful SKY will generate some newfound traffic on their showroom floors. This roadster will sell on looks alone, and the turbo engine is a bonus. The SKY may have its flaws, big and small, but I've discovered a great effort by GM to develop an exciting car, and the Mazda MX-5 has some competition at last.
What I like:
Gobs of turbo torque
Pleasing automatic transmission
What I don't like:
Practicality = 0
Fussier top than on an MX-5
Noisy on the highway
Auto journalist & Consumer Ratings
Editor's Review Highlights
2007 Saturn Sky Specifications