What Do Reviews Say About the Pontiac Solstice Coupe?


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Reviewers generally find the Pontiac Solstice roadster to be an aesthetically pleasing automobile, but its lack of engine power and steering response make for an unimpressive driving experience compared to similar vehicles, notes U.S. News & World Report. While choosing the optional turbocharged engine helps to alleviate the car's lack of power, its handling woes and mediocre safety features still make it an inferior choice.

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The Pontiac Solstice, which was last produced in 2009, was a mechanical twin to the Saturn Sky roadster. Both vehicles were discontinued with the demise of the Pontiac and Saturn brands that year. The base 2009 Solstice came with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 177 horsepower, while the upgraded Solstice GXP featured a smaller 2-liter engine with turbocharging that produced 260 horsepower. Otherwise, the vehicles were largely similar in the eyes of most reviewers.

Though the exterior design of the Solstice was praised by many reviewers, its internal amenities were not well-received. A lack of internal room made getting in and out of the car difficult for many reviewers, and the use of hard plastic surfaces made the car seem cheaply produced and uninviting. The Saturn Sky may offer an alternative for buyers who are interested by the Solstice but find the interior of the car unappealing, as the Sky had a different interior design and used different materials that many reviewers preferred to that of the Solstice.

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