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.
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.
Pros: "I highly recommend this car to adverage size people"
Cons: "If your more then 6 feet tall or have incredably long legs this model is not for you"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I purchaserd this car in March 2007 with 300 miles on it. It now is just under 61000 miles. Its zippy and hugs the corners. Living in Oregon, I've learned that you need at least a 60' clear day to drop the top and have some fun. I have found almost every curvy road there is in this state because of this car. And scared most of my friends with my driving but still having a blast more then 5 years later. I love my toy."
"Sporty, fun to drive, and there's some impressive power behind the GXP engine. We were pleasantly surprised with the smooth and responsive handling, and of course, the quick acceleration and stylish exterior. The trunk is a bit small and the small cupholders took some getting used to, but it is a convertible after all.
It sure is fun watching all those heads turn when you pull up to a light. This is all about power, the overall driving experience, and making a statement in your choice of a motor vehicle. Everyone should have a convertible like this waiting in their garage for those first glorious spring days, romantic getaways, or outings to the beach."
"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."