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2008 Pontiac Solstice Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Pontiac Solstice was new.

The 2008 Pontiac Solstice is a pure roadster with a compelling and unique exterior design, as well as highly rated handling dynamics.




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 5.8
Safety: 8.1
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Pros & Cons

  • Sharp, responsive handling
  • Good-looking and curvaceous exterior styling
  • Competitive price within its class
  • Negligible trunk and interior cargo space
  • Some find interior fittings unrefined
  • Convertible top difficult to maneuver
  • Wide gear-spacing can make manual transmission sluggish and difficult to operate

2008 Pontiac Solstice Overview

The Solstice, introduced in 2006, shares a platform with the Saturn Sky, and comes in two different trim levels. Road & Travel Magazine says the "distinct good looks, precise steering, strong brakes, supple ride and superb exhaust note make it all the more palatable," adding that the price range is attractive. Most reviewers find the Solstice enjoyable to drive on sunny days with the top down, noting all the head-turns this little car gets.

Though most critics praise the Solstice, that doesn't mean it's suited for everyone. There's a significant lack of trunk space, and the ride is tailored more for sport than comfort. In addition, some interior fittings are not as refined as those of competitors. Still, reviewers believe that the 2008 Pontiac Solstice delivers a lot for its price.

The 2008 Pontiac Solstice comes in two trim level options, the base level and the GXP. The GXP trim comes with a turbocharged engine.

  • "Buy this Vehicle if: You want an affordable and fun-to-drive two-seat convertible; you're looking for a second car to use as a weekend toy; you're an aspiring club racer; looks matter more than refinement." -- Forbes
  • "Pontiac has managed to stand the auto world on its ear. ...  There's been nothing like this out of Detroit for years, and anyone who cares about driving should salute Bob Lutz and the GM team that brought this little wonderful car to market in less than two years." -- MarketWatch
  • "Pontiac makes no apologies. This is a serious, purposeful, affordable sports car." -- Motor Trend

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