in 2009 Affordable Sports Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $11,710 - $14,642
Original MSRP: $24,275 - $30,375
MPG: 19 City / 25 Hwy
Search Used Listings:

2009 Pontiac Solstice Interior

This interior review was created when the car was new. Some links may no longer point to an active page.

Auto writers, on balance, complain that the Solstice's cabin is tight, lacks cargo room, and has some low-quality materials. Complaints about hard-to-reach features are also common.

  • "Juxtaposed with the car's exterior, the Solstice's insides are not as inspiring. The interior design would be attractive, save for an abundance of hard plastic -- a telltale sign of the Solstice's low price point." -- Edmunds
  • "Fit and finish generally is good, although the gaps for the rear deck, which serves as a hard tonneau, are big." -- Motor Trend
  • "[A] few components feel a little cheap. The door sills are one swathe of inexpensive, hard plastic. Even for a roadster, there are some ergonomically unfortunate cabin details, too. The center area between occupants is a large, rounded field of plastic, devoid of storage or detailing." -- BusinessWeek
  • "Most materials are generally good quality, particularly the leather, soft plastic and trim plastic. However, the hard plastic on the doors and dash looks and feels too much like hard plastic. " -- New Car Test Drive


The 2009 Solstice provides seating for two. Reviewers find the Solstice's seats comfortable, but hard to access. Many also complain of tight quarters.

  • "The 'racing-inspired' bucket seats have small but useful storage pockets and ample bolsters for support during spirited cornering, and the thick, adjustable-rake steering wheel's diameter seems just right for serious driving." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Low seats won't suit some shorter drivers and aggravate entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Taller drivers will find adequate legroom and headroom, but hiproom is a bit tight due to the car's wide transmission tunnel." -- Edmunds
  • "Snug inside, the Solstice has ample headroom when the top is up but very limited elbow space." -- Cars.com
  • "Wiggle your way into the car and you are nestled into a cocoon in which both driver and passenger can rest their elbows on well-positioned and well-padded armrests." -- Forbes

Interior Features

Critics routinely say some of the Solstice's features are difficult to use.

  • "The base roadster trends toward no-frills, with hand-crank windows and air conditioning optional, but it does include a nice stereo with XM Satellite Radio and an iPod interface, as well as a lined convertible top for the roadster." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Controls are simple to operate, but some are awkward to reach in these tight confines. The gauges are set in deep tunnels and have overstyled graphics. As such, they're hard to read even by day, and are obscured by the steering wheel rim for some of our testers." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The stereo display is nearly impossible to see in bright sunlight, power window controls are difficult to reach and the car's minimal storage space can prove frustrating." -- Edmunds
  • "The dashboard features thick chrome bezels, which can produce reflections." -- Cars.com
  • "I kept accidentally activating the power window controls with my left elbow because of their inconvenient positioning on the driver's door." -- MSN


Reviewers report the Pontiac Solstice lacks cargo room. While the convertible's trunk offers 5.4 cubic-feet of space, the space is greatly reduced when the manual top is lowered. What's more, the trunk lid opens backwards, which makes accessing the space difficult. And while the coupe offers more storage room behind the seats, there's still no place to store its targa top. For this reason, Pontiac offers an optional canvas top that can be stored in the cabin.

  • "If you need ample interior storage and bring along more than a very, very small amount of luggage on the trip, you may be better off with a four-seat convertible like the BMW 3 Series or Audi A4." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "GM claims these convertibles have 5.4 cu ft of trunk space with the top up, but that figure seems overly generous, as its design limits items that can be stored there to small grocery bags or pieces of soft luggage. Cabin storage is virtually non-existent, even for a sports car." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Function follows form in terms of cargo capacity: The 5.4 cubic feet of trunk volume, available when the top is up, is in a strange horseshoe shape that limits its usefulness. When the top is down, the trunk becomes almost useless. Coupes get a storage area that's located behind passengers at shoulder level." -- Cars.com
  • "And although the interior remains mostly the same as the original Solstice, the area behind the coupe's seats has been redesigned for better access to the cargo area. The result is a car that keeps the original Solstice's sexiness while offering added rigidity and versatility." -- Edmunds
  • "The cup holders reside in a sliding shelf between the seat backs. To get to your drink you might have to move your elbow in ways that are not natural." -- MarketWatch

Next Steps: 2009 Pontiac Solstice

Find used cars near you: submit