When Pontiac first showed the Solstice concept, the public and the press had just two words for the people at GM: Build it. And build it they did. Three years into production, the
2009 Pontiac Solstice roadster is an unqualified success, combining exotic good looks with a sturdy chassis and world-class handling. Despite the obvious use of in-house parts (the ventilation controls are borrowed from the Hummer H3 and the reverse lights from the GMC Envoy), and the less-than-user-friendly convertible-top mechanism, the Solstice comes off as fresh and original. Visually, the Solstice easily rivals such stylish competitors as the
BMW Z4 and
Audi TT, yet costs half as much.
Coupe joins the Roadster. It features a liftback glass hatch and a removable roof panel. New standard equipment includes StabiliTrak stability control, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and a limited-slip differential.
Tucking a turbo beneath the Solstice hood supplies performance to match the roadster's richly-curved, assertively-shaped skin, while weight distribution near 50/50 contributes to the GXP's balanced sports-car handling. Clever design provides a hidden compartment for the
convertible top, though it steals trunk space and raising or lowering the roof isn't a simple task.
"I have had no problems with this car. It is a great little roadster. Putting the top up & down is a compliant to some. I can do it in about 20 seconds. Yes you have to get out of the car, we all need some exercise.
The best thing about the solstice is the looks you get.
The gas mileage is not to bad 27mpg. on the highway."
"The Solstice GXP blows my mind. I read another review that said that the GXP was the poor man's Boxster (he meant it as a compliment), but I think the Solstice looks waaaay better than the Boxster, and I've heard its faster 0-60.
I have an orange 2008 GXP that just makes driving a joy. The way it handles is incredible, and I honestly don't think short of Ferrari there is a much better looking sports car out there. I don't think I will ever sell mine."
Pros: "Fast, very comfortable to drive, looks great."
Cons: "none for what I use it for"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Purchased this 2007 Solstice GXP (Turbo) in 2011 with 2800 miles on it, Loved it from the 1st time I put my foot on the gas peddle. I will come home from work and just go for a drive because it is such a pleasure to drive. Can't hardly get out of it in a parking lot without someone complimenting the looks of the car. The ride is softer than my Grand Cherokee. It gets 30 mpg @ 60 mph, 28 @ 75 mph, and about 25 around town if I can keep my foot out of it, not bad for a car that will do 0 - 60 in 5.2 sec.. When I can find real gas without the Corn squeeze it adds about 3 mpg to each."