2009 Pontiac Solstice Review
This review was written when the 2009 Pontiac Solstice was new.
The 2009 Pontiac Solstice is eye-catching and fun to drive. Altogether, it makes a solid choice for anyone shopping for a sporty roadster.
The ‘09 Pontiac Solstice is a jaw-dropping, spunky sports roadster. Though test drivers find it has its fair share of faults -- most notably in its interior cabin -- many are still attracted to its seductive design and sprightly performance. In fact, Consumer Guide says that it's a "fun-to-drive American sports car--even if they don't always impress for refinement, décor, or design detail." For 2009, the Solstice receives a removable panel roof, as well as new tail lamps and a rear spoiler.
In the market for a sports roadster? Be sure to also check out the Saturn SKY. It shares a platform with the Solstice and even receives similar reviews, but some find its styling cues slightly sportier. If, however, you value driving-thrill over sleek styling, look past both models and buy a MX-5 Miata instead. Neither the Solstice nor the SKY can match its top-notch handling dynamics. Plus it's available with a power retractable hard-top.
If you're seriously considering a Solstice, now is the time to act fast. Due to a record sales slump, General Motors has recently announced that it is shutting down Pontiac. This means that you may be able to get a great deal on a new Solstice -- with warranties being honored by other GM-brand dealerships, like Chevrolet and Cadillac. Still, keep in mind that because the company is being nixed, the value of Pontiac vehicles is likely to depreciate at a fast pace. If, however, you plan on holding onto your Solstice for a long time -- that shouldn't matter.
The 2009 Pontiac Solstice coupe and convertible are available in two trims: base and turbocharged GXP.
- "[T]he 2009 Pontiac Solstice roadster is an unqualified success, combining exotic good looks with a sturdy chassis and world-class handling." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Pontiac makes no apologies. This is a serious, purposeful, affordable sports car." -- Motor Trend
- "There are few cars in the $20,000-$30,000 range that can turn heads quite like the Pontiac Solstice. Even though it's entering its fourth year of production, this curvaceous roadster still commands looks from fellow drivers and passers-by." -- Edmunds
- "There's a shortage of storage and cargo space here, particularly in the convertible. But the Solstice is a hoot to drive, and it turns heads fast and often. Those may be the two most important reasons to buy a small roadster. It does this at a reasonable price, with objective performance that matches that of cars costing considerably more." -- New Car Test Drive