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2007 Pontiac Solstice

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$2,396 — $18,624 USED
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Convertible
2 Seats
24-26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Sporty nature
  • Stunning appearance
  • Headroom
  • Ride quality
  • Maneuverability
  • Affordable fun

The Bad

  • Engine and driveline noise
  • Base model's lack of low-end torque
  • Cramped cockpit
  • Poor visibility
  • Meager trunk space
  • ABS is optional

What to Know

about the 2007 Pontiac Solstice
  • Convertible body style
  • RWD configuration
  • New GXP version with 260-hp turbo engine
  • &quot
  • Clamshell&quot
  • hood and trunk lid

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2007 Pontiac Solstice Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
When the Solstice went on sale in the fall of 2005, it was the first production vehicle on GM’s Kappa architecture. Equipped with a 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine featuring variable valve timing, the Solstice is manufactured in Wilmington, Del.

A high-output GXP version debuts for 2007. Powered by a 260-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder, the GXP features an electronic stability system, stainless steel exhaust outlets, special seats and exterior styling modifications.

A rear spoiler and sport pedals are now available for all Solstices, and power height adjustment for the driver’s seat is standard. “Mean,” which is Pontiac-speak for yellow, is a new body color, and the Solstice’s cloth convertible top can be had in tan.

Exterior
According to Pontiac, designers sought to preserve the “clean lines and taut proportions” of the concept when creating the production version. Among the most notable styling features is the reverse-hinged forward-opening “clamshell” hood, matched by a similar setup for the trunk lid at the rear. Sporting a hunkered-down look, the Solstice has Pontiac’s characteristic dual-port grille. The rear clamshell hides the top when it’s down, thereby preserving the car’s clean appearance. Nacelles that sweep behind each seat are shaped to match the head restraints.

The four-wheel-independent suspension has forged-aluminum control arms and monotube shock absorbers. Base and...

Vehicle Overview
When the Solstice went on sale in the fall of 2005, it was the first production vehicle on GM’s Kappa architecture. Equipped with a 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine featuring variable valve timing, the Solstice is manufactured in Wilmington, Del.

A high-output GXP version debuts for 2007. Powered by a 260-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder, the GXP features an electronic stability system, stainless steel exhaust outlets, special seats and exterior styling modifications.

A rear spoiler and sport pedals are now available for all Solstices, and power height adjustment for the driver’s seat is standard. “Mean,” which is Pontiac-speak for yellow, is a new body color, and the Solstice’s cloth convertible top can be had in tan.

Exterior
According to Pontiac, designers sought to preserve the “clean lines and taut proportions” of the concept when creating the production version. Among the most notable styling features is the reverse-hinged forward-opening “clamshell” hood, matched by a similar setup for the trunk lid at the rear. Sporting a hunkered-down look, the Solstice has Pontiac’s characteristic dual-port grille. The rear clamshell hides the top when it’s down, thereby preserving the car’s clean appearance. Nacelles that sweep behind each seat are shaped to match the head restraints.

The four-wheel-independent suspension has forged-aluminum control arms and monotube shock absorbers. Base and GXP models have front and rear stabilizer bars, but the GXP’s are larger. Five-spoke aluminum wheels hold 18-inch tires. Featuring a space frame structure and a 95.1-inch wheelbase, the Solstice is 157.2 inches long overall, 71.6 inches wide and 50.2 inches tall. Its track width is 60.5 inches in front and 61.2 inches at the rear.

Interior
Two passengers fit inside the Solstice’s cockpit, which has a wraparound instrument panel. Deeply recessed round gauges have red numerals. The pedals are positioned to allow “heel-and-toe” footwork. GXP detailing includes either gray or red seat accenting, aluminum sill plates and embroidered floor mats.

Under the Hood
Base Solstices are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing that makes 177 hp and 166 pounds-feet of torque. The GXP’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 260 hp and 260 pounds-feet of torque. Both models come standard with a five-speed manual transmission, but a five-speed automatic is optional.

Safety
Four-wheel disc brakes are standard, and antilock brakes are optional.

Driving Impressions
The base model’s performance falls short of the car’s visual promise, due largely to the engine’s lack of low-end torque. When pushed hard, engine noise is more annoying than alluring. On the other hand, the ride isn’t bad at all.

Some drivers will like the short, notchy gearshift lever, which sits atop a large center tunnel. Others won’t be as pleased. There’s lots of clutch-pedal travel before engagement, which can make matching engine revs difficult. The clutch also is on the heavy side.

Snug inside, the Solstice has ample headroom when the top is up but very limited elbow space. Entry and exit aren’t easy. Visibility with the top up is awful, and oddly positioned mirrors don’t help all that much. The dashboard features thick chrome bezels, which can produce reflections. Trunk space is next to nonexistent.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
55 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(1.0)

Worst car I have ever owned.

by gomezaddams from St. Louis, Mo. on September 12, 2019

The body components do not line up evenly. The front fender and hood do not line up. The trunk does not line up with the back fender. The convertible top rubs on the window on the passenger side when ... Read full review

(4.0)

260hp turbo if a fun car to drive

by venture667 from Houston on September 3, 2019

Driving is a lot of fun 0-60 in under 4 secs. Only issue I have with the car was in long car rides (Houston to Dallas) you can get a little sore . Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2007 Pontiac Solstice currently has 5 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2007 Pontiac Solstice has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Solstice received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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