Pros Drop Dead Gorgeous Looks, Great Handling, Great Price
Cons Heavy, Poor Top Design-must be raised and lowered from outside the car(looks surprisingly god in the up position), Transmission could be better
Summary Having read the above review, I can't help but wonder what experience, if any, the reviewer has had with roadsters. Anyone familiar with the category knows that sound systems are pretty much a write-off. They're sometimes passable with the top up, but it's really just a distraction.
Sorry, but the Sol's tranny isn't awful. It could be better, but I wouldn't kick it out of my garage for dripping oil.
Where the reviewer really misses it is with the roof design. When lowered it invades the trunk space which is puny to begin with. Just so everyone knows where I'm coming from, I'm an MX-5 Miata driver. Miata drivers enjoy a roof which can be raised and lowered manually from the driver's seat, but Pontiac has made a trade-off. They sacrificed a sensible top-design for drop dead gorgeous looks. If you ask me, it payed off. Pontiac knew it couldn't compete with Mazda in refinement, top up or down the Solstice gets attention. In base configuration I would still choose the MX-5.
It comes down to a question of whether looks or convenience is more important to you. When you go to take that weekend trip and you can't put the top down because there are two suitcases in the trunk, you may find yourself wishing you'd bought different car. Even Mazda's new retracting hardtop version of the MX-5, to be unveiled in London next week, doesn't violate trunk space when stowed(a fact that must have Mercedes cringing when compared to their $44,000 SLK.)
While its base configuration won't steer me away from the MX-5, I find myself seriously tempted by the GXP variant which brings one heck of a performance package highlighted by a 260 HP powerplant still a bargain at $25,999. Solstice has its flaws, but cars like this are seldom bought for their practicality. When designing a car like this, you choose your battles and Pontiac chose wisely, they knew they couldn't compete with Mazda straight off in the refinement department, so they focused on flash and performance and so far it looks like they've hit one out of the park. Solstice compares rather favorably with several vehicles in the $30,000 to $45,000 range. It may not have all their luxury appointments, but it's got the the looks and handling, and for a not too outrageous premium you can boost the power to a respectable level as well.
So here we are, Pontiac pulls off the unbelievable: American Company builds Affordable, Desireable Roadster.
"Love this car"on by rsane2
Cons It's hard to change lanes withh all the other cars around checking it out.
Summary This is a great car when you buy for what it's meant to do. It handles like a dream and still has enough power to take on most $25k cars. To be honest I just sold mine to get a GXP (Turbo). The only reason I sold was because I was not able to get all the options I wanted on mine at the time it was purchased. It's amazing that I was able to get $3K over sticker from a dealer on a car that had 3K miles and is ONLY RATED AT A 6 out of 10. You people (CNET) really DO NOT know what you are talking about when it comes to cars. This was the best car I ever purchased and the GXP will be even better.Updated
It was a tuff decision, but I sold my standard Sol and went with the GXP. After looking at the technology that went into the turbo 2.0 engine, direct injection, beefed up lower end, dual scroll turbo and more, it made the decision easy. The engine block on the GXP will be able to support a lot more Horse Power than the standard Sol engine. That is if you would ever want more than 260 HP. I lost a little money on the sale of my standard Sol, even though it sold for 1K over sticker (thanks to IL sales taxes) , but I had over 3K enjoyable miles on it before selling.
"Stereotype?"on by Solstice161
Pros I love my car, the way it handles, feels, and looks!
Cons Non Owners Opinions
Summary I think I will need to agree with another "Owner" opinion....CNET should get out of the automotive rating business and leave it to the professionals Edmonds. http://www.edmunds.com/new/2006/pontiac/solstice/100529859/photos.html
Pros American car, affordable, styling is different, attractive
Cons family car it isn't
Summary I believe Kevin Massy did a "hatchet job" on this vehicle.
When the Miata came out I tried it out and thought it was absurdly small inside and I am not a huge overwieght tall person. I passed on buying one.
Now Pontiac (and Saturn) produce a slightly larger, affordable, fun sports car, with slightly eccentric styling to appeal to those who want something that sets them apart, and we have to read a seemingly biased review.
I have never seen the word "agricultural" used in any car magazine or TV show on Speed to describe a manual transmission.
Something aint right with CNET car reviews in my opinion.
Your opinion is probably different so enjoy it. I won't pay any more attention to your opinion past the first read.
Pros The exterior design is downright breathtaking. The "bulging" lights remind some of the Lotus Elise. The cars back end (IMHO) looks better than the Saturn Sky's. Convertible top is a dream. Solstice is no where near as bumpy as the Miata.
Cons Interior quality can seem rather cheap. Stereo Receiver isn't the best. Gearbox issues (slight). Power Window button placements seem a bit off.
Summary Cnet should just really just stop making reviews on products because it seems that they have no clue on what market this car is going for. According to CNET, this car is for teenage girls. <***! If this is true then all of the cars out there are girl cars. This car is a dream to drive and to park in your garage to admire at. I would say upgrade the Stereo Receiver at some point with a in-Dash GPS and you'll be all set. The quality and look for the price of this car is only outmatched by the Saturn Sky.