2008 Pontiac Solstice Overview

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2008 Pontiac Solstice Overview

The 2008 Pontiac Solstice's sporty styling belies its low sticker price. With exterior touches more like those of a luxury model than a compact car, this two-seater convertible trumps the Mazda Miata and other competitors in the looks department.

When it comes to performance, though, the '08 Pontiac Solstice isn't quite so stellar. Although the GXP trim offers a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 engine with a healthy 260-horsepower output, reviewers complain that it suffers from unresponsive handling and sloppy control. And the base model's engine, a 2.4-liter, 177-horsepower inline-4, feels underpowered to many drivers.

Another complaint that has dogged the 2008 Solstice is its lack of passenger space. The manufacturer's spec sheet pegs the hip room and leg room in the cabin at a touch over 50 inches, which feels like tight quarters by U.S. standards. (On the other hand, if you have fond memories of the Fiat Spyder or MG Midget, the Solstice will seem spacious in comparison.)

Fuel efficiency is pretty decent, with EPA fuel economy estimates of 25 mpg city, 31 mpg highway. And did I mention the low selling price? Ultimately, that's probably what's going to win people over to the Solstice: It's a great-looking car at a great price, which may be enough to earn it a loyal following.

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