The Solstice is a small roadster from the GM’s Pontiac brand. It was produced from 2006 to 2009. There was only one generation for this vehicle with no drastic redesigns, though there were some moderate changes from one model year to the next. Available body styles included two-door coupes and two-door convertibles. All models had a front-engine and rear-drive layout. Base available engines ranged from a two-liter four-cylinder to the 260-hp, turbocharged GXP model. Transmissions included the five-speed manual or the five-speed automatic.
The Solstice was an all-new sport car from Pontiac with no predecessors. The Solstice was cancelled due to the discontinuation of the Pontiac brand. GM announced it would not continue the Solstice under another brand name, as the company did with many of the other Pontiac models. All Solstice models were assembled in Delaware and upon discontinuation of Pontiac it was shut down.
The Solstice breathlessly awaited its introduction as a concept car, a classic roadster with enough modern design features to give it a new look. It is best known for its stylish design, but became equally known for a relatively weak base engine given the sporty exterior. This negative was somewhat redeemed with the 2007 models, which offered a far more powerful GXP version that put out a vastly improved 260-hp.
Body Styles: convertible
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Pontiac Solstice convertible, Pontiac Solstice GXP convertible
For the 2007 model year, Pontiac introduces a far more powerful GXP model, which features a 260-hp engine. Only convertibles are available for 2007. A rear spoiler and sport pedal are available on all models, and a power height-adjustable driver seat is now standard. Pontiac also adds a yellow finish and added tan as an option for the cloth top.
The exterior style is the most notable feature of the Solstice. The rounded, small body bares some semblance of classic roadsters. The front features the Pontiac logo in the center of a dual-port grille also surrounded by the teardrop headlights that flow into the hood as to not interrupt the smooth-rounded style. The rear tapers inward toward the wheel in a unique fashion, which gives the impression of speed. A unique feature in addition to the general design is a reverse-hinged forward-opening hood and trunk. All models come with 18-inch, five-spoke aluminum wheels, rear stabilizer bars, and run on a four-wheel-independent suspension with forged-aluminum control arms and mono-tube shock absorbers.
The Pontiac Solstace’s interior is a little cramped for most drivers. It is a two-passenger-style cockpit with a wraparound instrument panel. The gauges have red numerals and are sunken into the display area. Options include grey or red accents, aluminum sill plates, and floor mats with embroidery.
Performance & Handling
While the Solstace’s base model certainly does not live up to the exterior styling, the GXP makes up for this with impressive speed and acceleration. The clutch function can feel heavy and the shifter is short and a bit rough. Both the GXP and base model get noisy when pushed. City driving is convenient for the most part, especially parking, but visibility can be poor with the top up.
Along with the required front-impact airbags, the 2007 Pontiac Solstice comes with four-wheel disc brakes standard and optional anti-lock brakes.
EPA Fuel Economy
Pontiac Solstice, base: 17/26 mpg city/highway
Pontiac Solstice, GXP: 19/28 mpg city/highway
- Attractive appearance
- GXP performance
You Won't Like
- Engine noise
- Base model power
- Interior space
- Tiny trunk space
- ABS not standard
A very stylish, fun, and affordable convertible.
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