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Pontiac Solstice

Pontiac Solstice side view
Pontiac Solstice angular front perspective
Pontiac Solstice angular rear perspective

Overview of the Pontiac Solstice

Learn about the Pontiac Solstice

Summary

The Pontiac Solstice is a sporty roadster and coupe available from 2006 until 2009 when Pontiac was dissolved by its parent company, General Motors. The sleek exterior design is perhaps its most impressive feature, emulating old-school luxury sports cars. Despite its sleek contours, the two-passenger Pontiac Solstice was sold at a fraction of the cost and had a limited amount of engine power compared to similar-looking sports cars. Even so, the Pontiac Solstice has responsive, sharp handling and above-average fuel economy. The GXP trim is especially impressive when it comes to engine power.

Safety

Considering the timeline of its production run, the Pontiac Solstice does not come equipped with high-tech safety features you'd expect from a more modern car. An antilock braking system (ABS), which prevents the wheels from locking up while braking, became standard in the last year of production. Safety specs for the 2006 model include dusk-sensing headlights and emergency interior trunk release. By 2009, the following safety features were added:

  • Electronic stability control – which is designed to maintain the car's stability in all driving conditions
  • Auto-on headlights

Interior

With the top up or down, the Pontiac Solstice is roomy and comfortable. Cloth seats are standard but leather upholstery is available. Hard plastics cover the dash, which is expected for its price range, but may be a little surprising considering its luxury exterior. Features we take for granted in modern cars are only optional in base models, like:

In 2009, the coupe was introduced, which offered just as much headroom as the convertible with the curved top in place.

Technology

An auxiliary audio input has always been available on the Pontiac Solstice, which gives drivers the option to plug in their iPhone or MP3 player to the speaker system. A CD player and an optional CD changer are also available. By 2008, more in-car technology was introduced, such as:

  • Satellite radio
  • Subwoofer – only on the T2 Champion Edition trim
  • Monsoon speakers – also exclusive to the T2 Champion Edition trim

By the last year of production, an MP3 player and onboard hands-free communication became standard on base models.

Space

The two-door, two-passenger roadster and coupe are spacious and comfortable with lots of head and legroom for even tall passengers. Things might be a little tight around the hips for some people, but overall, the ride is comfortable and airy—especially with the top down. The Pontiac Solstice is not designed for practicality, and this is perhaps most noticeable in its trunk space, which is not as substantial as others in its class. There is also limited small-storage space within the cabin itself but it is sufficient for day to day driving needs and carrying smaller items.

Comfort

Riding in the Pontiac Soltice can be fun and exhilarating. Drivers looking to maximize their car's performance should check out the Pontiac Solstice GXP, which comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Drivers feel in control when handling sharp corners, thanks to the car's grippy tires. For a more comfortable feel, stick to the base model engine. Going over bumpy or uneven roads can feel a little firm, but the Pontiac Solstice is mainly a smooth ride.

Pros and cons of the Pontiac Solstice

  • Beautiful exterior design
  • Affordable price tag
  • Superb handling
  • Limited trunk space
  • Interior materials may seem less luxurious
  • Soft top can be slightly difficult to deploy and stow
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Specifications of the Pontiac Solstice

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats2
  • Doors2
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionManual
  • City consumption10.8 - 11.9 L/100km
  • Highway consumption6.9 - 8 L/100km
  • Width1810 mm
  • Length3992 mm
  • Trunk space108 - 153 L
  • Cargo space108 - 153 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Pontiac Solstice

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Pontiac Solstice 2006 - 2009 is available in 3 trims:

Basic trim features and specs

Available with the Basic trim:
  • Electric windows (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Power steering
  • Tire repair kit
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Fog lights (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Computer (optional)
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Power door locks (optional)
  • Satellite radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the Basic trim:
2.4 L - Gas - 177 hp
City consumption:11.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.6 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:520 km

Base trim features and specs

Available with the Base trim:
  • Electric windows (optional)
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Power steering
  • Tire repair kit
Available with the Base trim:
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Fog lights (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
Available with the Base trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) (optional)
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Stability control (optional)
  • Tire pressure indicator (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available with the Base trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • Computer (optional)
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Power door locks (optional)
  • Satellite radio (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player
  • Radio
2 engines are available with the Base trim:
2.4 L - Gas - 173 hp
City consumption:11 - 11.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.9 - 8 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:536 - 541 km
2.4 L - Gas - 177 hp
City consumption:11.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.6 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:-

GXP trim features and specs

Available with the GXP trim:
  • Electric windows
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Power steering
  • Tire repair kit
Available with the GXP trim:
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
Available with the GXP trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system (optional)
  • Electronic traction control
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available with the GXP trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Satellite radio
  • USB port for front passengers (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the GXP trim:
2 L - Gas - 260 hp
City consumption:10.8 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.9 - 7 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:571 - 577 km

Frequently asked questions about the Pontiac Solstice

Yes, although there are some recalls for the Pontiac Solstice concerning the passenger airbag. Drivers looking to buy a used model should make sure these issues have been addressed.

That depends on the year and trim level. For example, the top speed for the 2006–07 Pontiac Solstice GXP is 217 km/h.

Yes. The Pontiac Solstice was primarily a convertible until the 2009 model year when a coupe body also became available.

That depends on the model. The trunk space in the coupe has 5.6 cubic feet, while the convertible has 5.4 cubic feet.

It depends on several factors, such as the car's condition. But, for example, 2009 convertibles, which were originally sold for $29,055 are still worth around $15,000 today.