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

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

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value For The Money

What Drivers Are Saying


Rarest & Exotic

by Prince of Coupes from Lake Park, Florida on August 19, 2018

The Solstice GXP is 1/32 in Deep Blue 48U made in the Alastair year old of Production. Very Exotic Looking has Removable Targa Top. 1/1152 Made in 2009! Read full review


2009 Red Pontiac Solstice GXP Convertible 4750 mi

by Waterloo from Arvada, CO on July 14, 2018

Beautiful fun eye-catcher convertible sports car with chrome wheels and no flaws! Garaged and covered. Never driven in rain or snow. 4750 miles. New battery. Read full review

Safety & 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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