2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Pontiac Solstice - Road Test Specs

2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe

(2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)


Model year2009
StyleGXP 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Base MSRP$30,375
Options on test vehicleAir-Conditioning ($960), Premium Package ($575), Chrome Wheels ($545), Monsoon Sound System ($395), Sport Pedals ($115).
As-tested MSRP$33,585


Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,998cc (122 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)9.2
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)260 @ 5,300
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)260 @ 2,500
Transmission type5-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 3.42, II: 2.21, III: 1.60, IV: 1.00, V: 0.75, R: 3.02, Final: 3.73


Suspension, frontShort and long arm with stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearShort and long arm with stabilizer bar
Steering typePower steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.4:1
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle F1
Tire typePerformance
Tire size, frontP245/45R18 96W
Tire size, rearP245/45R18 96W
Wheel size18-by-8 inches front and rear
Wheel materialPolished alloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.6
0-60 mph (sec.)5.5
0-75 mph (sec.)7.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.8 @ 100.3
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.2
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29
60-0 mph (ft.)117
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)66.7
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.84
Sound level @ idle (dB)52.6
@ Full throttle (dB)80.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)70.6

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThere is too much rear tire grip to do a drop-clutch launch. So there's a bit of clutch-slipping finesse in a good launch. Shifter is OK, but clutch uptake is too close to the floor. This makes shift times slower. Engine sounds burdened but you can't argue with these numbers.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsThe first stop seemed like an anomaly -- all of the rest were 4-5 feet longer and less controlled, with bobbing nose and wiggling tail. Fade began after the sixth stop.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsBenign but stubborn understeer on the limit. Very, very difficult to kick the tail out. With ESC on "competitive" it actually kept the car on the arc better by applying the inside front brake. It has zero steering feel. This is one of the most frustrating cars in recent memory to slalom. Why? There is no sense of the car's limits or tire grip. The front-hinged seat bottom is distracting. Underdamped suspension feels like it's hitting the stops. Inherent understeer snaps into oversteer too quickly. But again, it makes a decent number despite all these shortcomings. Oh, one more. There is yaw delay followed by a huge gain from the soft suspension as the body rolls side to side.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)68.6
Wind (mph, direction)1.5 W

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)19 city/28 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)24.4
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)13

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,018
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,057
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)53/47
Length (in.)157.2
Width (in.)71.3
Height (in.)50.9
Wheelbase (in.)95.1
Track, front (in.)60.7
Track, rear (in.)61.4
Turning circle (ft.)34.8
Legroom, front (in.)42.7
Headroom, front (in.)38.5
Shoulder room, front (in.)52.4
Seating capacity2
Cargo volume (cu-ft)5.6
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)5.6


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsNot available
Head airbagsNot available
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver4 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger4 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front4 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistance5 stars

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