By Cars.com EditorsMay 13, 2009
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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.
(upbeat electronic music) Hi, I'm Joe Wiesenfelder from Cars.com. In 2002, Pontiac came out with something called the Solstice Roadster, that's a two-seat convertible.
And they also had a concept car that was a coupe, a hardtop version, but we hadn't seen anything of it since then. And now there's a Solstice Coupe coming for 2009. It has this hardtop, again, two seats. Same idea, rear-wheel drive, good balance, good handling. Now, what's interesting is the fender is actually the same. This rear-quarter panel is the same as it is on the roadster. Still, the hard roof has a nice, integrated, organic look to it. The roof is removable. On the real product, it will be able to come off. Three latches on the inside, giving a kind of a targa top arrangement. Unfortunately, it can't store in the hatch, so you'd have to take it off at home and leave it there. Now the remove top won't fit in here, you gotta leave it at home. Unfortunately, there's not a whole lot else you could put in here either. In some ways it's better than the roadster. They brought that center hump that's in the roadster down a bit, spread it out. And there are a couple of covered bins, which is good to have. But in general, the cargo floor is high, it's about shoulder height on the occupants. And you really shouldn't put too many parcels up high behind the occupants of the car, 'cause if you're in a front-end collision, this stuff flies forward, it could be really dangerous. So in the interior, the headroom is actually better than in the roadster, which is nice. There's a pretty wicked blind spot, unfortunately. And another shortcoming, unfortunately, GM didn't take this opportunity to put a new, super-fancy, high-quality interior in as they've been doing with some of their recent models, it's the same as in the roadster. And just about everything else is the same as the roadster. It comes in base and GXP models, either a 170 horsepower, a 2.4 liter, four cylinder, or like this GXP, there's a two liter, turbocharged, 260 horsepower. You get either a manual transmission or an automatic like this one here. Currently, the Solstice is the best-selling roadster in its class in the country. This certainly should add to the sales. <v Narrator>For additional information on this car or any other, go to cars.com and our blog Kicking Tires.