2009 Pontiac Solstice

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Key Specs

of the 2009 Pontiac Solstice base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • GXP power
  • Ride quality
  • Maneuverability
  • Affordability
  • Decent headroom
  • GXP mileage better than base

The Bad

  • Base model lacks low-end torque
  • Drivetrain noise
  • ABS is optional
  • No side airbags
  • Poor visibility
  • Meager trunk space
2009 Pontiac Solstice exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2009 Pontiac Solstice

  • New coupe in base and GXP trims
  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Turbocharged GXP
  • Manual or automatic
  • Choice of engine power

2009 Solstice Video

From the 2008 New York Auto Show, Cars.com's Joe Wiesenfelder takes a look at the 2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe. It competes with the Mazda Miata MX-5 and the Mini Cooper.

Latest 2009 Solstice Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(3.7)
Comfort
(3.8)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

GM Should Have Kept Pontiac Muscle Car GXP!

by Peterpride from West Palm Beach, Florida on August 27, 2017

The Car is Cooler than any Corvette in Looks The GXP Coupe has a Lot of Blind Spots, it's more of a Weekend Cruiser or Show Car! This Car is Fun to Drive on Curvy Roads It's Like a Turbo Go Kart! Read full review

(4.0)

Miata Clone Done Well

by Maybery85 from Rayville, LA on July 13, 2017

Firstly, I know. It's an Opel GT. It's a Vauxhall Vx series. Who cares! The car was purchased used by my wife in 2010 when her 2002 Ford Explorer had to be euthanized after 2 transmission rebuilds. We ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2009 Pontiac Solstice currently has 4 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 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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