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2009 Pontiac Solstice: Two-Seat Roadster

The Pontiac Solstice is sexy and fun, and Pontiac's first attempt at a two-seat roaster. Largely, it has been a success with its powerful front-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive, a fully independent suspension, big wheels and tires and a close to perfect weight balance. The standard 2009 Solstice has a 177 horsepower inline 4-cylinder that provides decent performance, but has a slow revving nature that some dislike.

The Solstice comes in base and high-performance GXP trims that have standard 18-inch wheels and a manual soft top. The cabin is a mixed bag. Taller drivers will find adequate legroom and headroom, though hip room will seem scant. Other downsides include a stereo display that washes out in sunlight, minimal storage space, and an abundance of hard plastics. Whether you love it or hate it the Solstice did pretty well during its run.

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