"Can anyone at Cnet drive?"4.5 starson by spelcheker
Pros: Wonderful handling with smooth ride, rare combination.
Cons: practicality, but who the heck cares? Buy the spouse an suv and get this for yourself.
Summary: The reviewers have fallen victim to the only thing really wrong with this car. It's so good looking, people expect it to compete with the S2000, 350Z, Boxster, Corvette, etc...
What it does is exactly what it was DESIGNED to do. Compete with the Mazda Miata. Some magazines have it a tick faster in acceleration, some a tick slower.
The Miata is light and nimble, the Solstice grippy and flat handling. Once again, the magazines that review CARS for a living are split.
Loaded up with options or stripped, the price is again, right with the Miata.
The noise thing? Where the hell were you putting the decibel meter? Out the window? That's completely out of left field, and again, something that's never appeared in any AUTO enthusiast reviews.
The torque thing? Show me another non-aspirated 4 cylinder that puts out more. You want to see lack of torque? Drive an S2000. Yet it is a wonderful engine, you just have to know how to drive it.
Maybe you geeks should just stick to reviewing the radio and digital information center. THAT, you're good at.