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2007 Pontiac Solstice

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Pontiac Solstice Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 177 hp @ 6600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2007 Pontiac Solstice

  • With sexy styling, satisfying performance, tenacious road-holding and a bargain price, the 2007 Pontiac Solstice is certainly tempting. But serious enthusiasts will get more thrills out of the more refined Mazda Miata, which feels lighter on its tires and more connected to the driver.

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  • Pros

    Sexy styling, nimble handling and loads of grip, strong engine performance from GXP model, powerful brakes, low base price.

  • Cons

    Engine revs slowly in base Solstice, tall transmission gearing, tiny trunk, poor top wind sealing, no side airbags or interior storage.

  • What's New for 2007

    A new trim level, the Pontiac Solstice GXP, debuts for 2007. It features a 260-horsepower turbocharged engine, a sport-tuned suspension and stability control. Other minor changes this year include a standard power height adjuster for the driver seat and a few new options, such as a rear spoiler and sport metallic pedals.

Full 2007 Pontiac Solstice Review

What's New for 2007

A new trim level, the Pontiac Solstice GXP, debuts for 2007. It features a 260-horsepower turbocharged engine, a sport-tuned suspension and stability control. Other minor changes this year include a standard power height adjuster for the driver seat and a few new options, such as a rear spoiler and sport metallic pedals.


Now in its sophomore year, the Pontiac Solstice, by virtue of its sexy body, grabs the attention of car buffs, kids and older folks with equal magnetism. Underneath the flowing curves are the attributes of a true sports roadster: compact dimensions, two seats, front-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive, four-wheel independent suspension, big wheels and tires, and a close-to-perfect weight balance.

With the new high-performance GXP variant entering the lineup for 2007, there are now two engine choices for the Solstice: the 177-hp four in the base car and the 260-horse powerhouse in the GXP. Although many purists feel that a manual transmission is the only way to go with a sports car (and the only way you could get the Solstice originally), Pontiac made a five-speed automatic available midway through the 2006 model year.

Regardless of which trim level you opt for, the fun factor of the 2007 Pontiac Solstice is high. The roadster is in its element when the top is down and one is unraveling a twisty road. But when dealing with the more mundane aspects of commuting and long freeway runs, annoyances like the Solstice's lack of interior storage and high level of wind noise come into play.

The only direct competition for the Solstice is the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The Miata is better at delivering pure driving thrills thanks to its eager, fast-revving engine and lighter-on-its-feet feel. The Mazda also has a nicer cabin (too much hard plastic in the Pontiac) and a top that's much easier to operate. Between the Miata and a base Solstice, we'd have to choose the Miata. But a lot of power has a way of making one forget such quibbles. With the new GXP, Pontiac one-ups the Mazda, American style.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Pontiac Solstice comes in two trims: base and GXP. Standard equipment for both includes 18-inch wheels with 245/45 performance tires (all-season on the standard Solstice, summer spec for the GXP), a manually operated top with a glass rear window and defogger, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel and a six-speaker audio system with an in-dash CD player. The performance-oriented GXP adds a turbocharged engine, a sport-tuned suspension, a limited-slip differential, dual exhaust outlets, foglamps, cruise control, power windows and mirrors, keyless entry and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Most of the GXP's convenience features are also available as options on the base Solstice. Other options for both trims include air-conditioning, leather seats, a couple of upgraded sound systems with MP3 playback, OnStar telematics and satellite radio.

Powertrains and Performance

The base Pontiac Solstice is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 177 hp and 166 pound-feet of torque. Hooked up to the standard five-speed manual gearbox, performance is certainly respectable, with a 0-60-mph time of 7.7 seconds. The GXP's 2.0-liter turbocharged engine makes a stout 260 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque; its 0-60-mph time is estimated to be around six seconds flat. It also comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission. A five-speed automatic is optional for either engine.


Four-wheel disc brakes are standard on both trims, with ABS optional on the base car and standard on the GXP. The latter also comes with stability control, which is not available on the standard Solstice. Side airbags aren't offered.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Solstice may be a small sports car, but even drivers over 6 feet tall should have adequate legroom. Hiproom is another matter, though, as the car's wide transmission tunnel puts the squeeze on anyone over 150 pounds. The seats are at least well shaped for proper support, and most controls are easy to use. Downsides include a stereo display that washes out in sunlight, ergonomic flaws and an abundance of hard plastic that mars the otherwise attractive interior design. Lowering the top is a multistep affair that involves getting out of the car to stow the top and shut the hard tonneau cover. Raising it requires the same amount of effort. Although we know that sports cars aren't supposed to be practical, the Solstice's trunk is so small it's nearly useless and cockpit storage is nil.

Driving Impressions

When thrown into a corner, the Solstice exhibits little body roll and moderate understeer. It won't swing its tail out on command like the Miata, but for most drivers, the car's substantial lateral grip and quick steering make it a fun and engaging canyon companion. The suspension does a fine job, providing a firm but compliant ride and extremely stable handling. The brakes are strong, linear and fade-resistant, providing confidence on those longer spirited runs through the twisties. In terms of acceleration, the GXP is the clear winner. The base Solstice often feels uninspiring due to the 2.4's lack of aural flair and the manual transmission's long-legged gear spacing.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

It's a sportscar not a

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Vehicle: 2007 Pontiac Solstice 2dr Convertible (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

This is a sportscar made for fun not a luxuary car designed for ultimate comfort and convenience. If you want to really get out and enjoy driving a fun car and turn heads this is the car to have. It is reminicent of the 53 corvette with the front end design. It is a blast to drive and has performed very well in the 2 years my wife has had it. I bought it for her approx. 2 years ago and it had 18,000 miles on it and now has 36,000 miles and the only service has been oil changes and replaced tail light bulb(warranty covered that) and replaced a plastic clip on the top that enabled it to close all the way. We both love this car and enjoy getting out with the top down and hitting the road.

Head turner

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Vehicle: 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Bought last year at 45k miles, have 56k now and it's been great. Exactly like all the previous good reviews. Went on 340 mile trip from Maine to Vermont and back and avg'd 38.4 MPG!! 95 mile roundtrip to Portland, Me and avg'd 37.5 MPG!! of course I had my GF in the car and foot off the turbo. She loves the car and we are planning on buying a second one someday so we won't have to share. Location of PWR window switches is the most aggravating thing about this car. I put top up or down in @30 secs at stop lights. Co-worker has base Sol and test drove my GXP and says definite difference :) Been getting great comments on its looks from the beginning:

Perfectly impractical

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Vehicle: 2007 Pontiac Solstice 2dr Convertible (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

This car is great for someone who just plain likes to drive. This is not for someone who wants a super smooth Cadillac ride, but wants to have a little bitty car, with a lot of performance. Even though the editor's review of the car talked about lack of performance with the base Solstice, I like it. I know I would have a lot of issues with grip on the road if I had that GXP (thanks to my lead foot) so I actually like this one. GREAT to drive.

More than a navy blue

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Vehicle: 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

We purchased car new with the notion it would a toy for us retired folk. We live mid-way between the Carolina coast and Blue Ridge and soon learned that, despite small size, it is a competent and comfortable. The GXP is equally at home going up steep, curvy grades or cruising flat interstates. It is short on luggage space but, carrying only essentials is a worth- while trade for the fun. First gear is a bit short and abrupt for stop-go traffic. Third is wonderfully long which makes city driving easy. Fourth is good to 65 MPH. The car communicates. Don't look at the tach; listen to engine, feel with the seat of your pants and feet. It will tell you what it likes.

Love this car!

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Vehicle: 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

I've wanted a convertible for a long, long, time and now that the kids are grown and gone this was the perfect opportunity. This car is classy and just beautiful. Stands out from the other convertibles and you won't see a bunch of them on the road. Yes, the trunk is small, but so what. If I wanted a "trunk", I would have kept my Infinity. This car hugs the road and just feels tight. Love it!

A real sweet ride

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Vehicle: 2007 Pontiac Solstice 2dr Convertible (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

This car is all about fun and styling. It handles wonderfully on the twisties and is a real head turner. It is certainly not a practical everyday vehicle, but in my case it is my weekend toy. I have had Miatas, and this car is so much more satisfying to own and drive. (Probably because it looks so darned special, as opposed to the Miatas somewhat mundane styling). I wanted a vehicle that closely gives the feel of those classic 1960's British sports cars (light, nimble, modest power plant), and the Solstice delivers in spades.

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Gas Mileage


  • 17
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  • 26
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