2009 Pontiac Solstice Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$24,275-$30,375
$23,183-$29,008
19 /CITY / 25 /HWY
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What Changed for 2009:

  • New Solstice coupe (base and GXP) with removable roof panel
  • GXP coupe model powered by 2.0-liter turbocharged/intercooled engine
  • coupe has late year availability
  • ABS and electronic stability control standard on all models
  • Standard limited-slip differential
  • Bluetooth capability integrated with OnStar system for hands-free calling
  • Revised standard 18-inch wheels
Overview
Pontiac says the Solstice is already the best-selling roadster in the United States, and the division expands the Solstice lineup in 2009 with the addition of a new coupe, available in base and GXP models, and featuring a removable roof. Other 2009 changes are minimal, mostly the inclusion of certain safety and performance equipment, such as anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic stability control and limited-slip differential, as standard equipment. Bluetooth capability is also integrated with the OnStar system this year to enable hands-free calling.

Model Lineup
For 2009, the Pontiac Solstice is available as base Solstice or Solstice GXP, both available in roadster and coupe form. The new coupe has a removable roof panel. Standard Solstice equipment includes a power 2-way driver seat-height adjuster; sport bucket seats with racing-inspired style; leather-wrapped manual shift knob; rear window defogger; rake-adjustable steering wheel; and premium acoustic headliner.

Three packages are available as options, including Convenience (with steering-wheel-mounted cruise control, enhanced driver information center controls and fog lamps); Preferred (with power windows/mirrors/locks and remote keyless entry); and Premium (featuring leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and radio controls integrated into the steering wheel).

Powertrain
The base Pontiac Solstice for 2009 features a 2.4-liter Ecotec 4-cylinder dual-overhead cam (DOHC) engine that delivers 173 hp at 5800 rpm and 167 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm. In the GXP, power comes from an Ecotec 2.0-liter turbocharged and intercooled engine that is one of GM's first direct-injection offerings in North America, according to Pontiac. This technology helps the engine to produce more power without a sacrifice in fuel economy. Both engines are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, with a 5-speed automatic transmission optional. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2.4-liter engine are 19 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the automatic and 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway for the manual. In the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, the estimates are 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway (automatic transmission) and 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway (manual transmission).

Electronic stability control, all-speed traction control, limited-slip differential, and 4-wheel disc brakes with ventilated front rotors and ABS are standard. Other notable powertrain features include independent short/long arm-type suspensions at the front and rear, Bilstein coil-over monotube shocks at all corners, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels.

Safety
The 2009 Pontiac Solstice roadster and coupe feature dual-stage frontal air bags for driver and front passenger; electronic stability and traction control; ABS; tire-pressure monitor; and OnStar 8.0 with vehicle diagnostics and advanced automatic crash response system.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Pontiac Solstice convertible receives a 4-star rating in frontal and driver side-impact tests. The new coupe was not tested in frontal or side-impact tests. In the agency's rollover tests, the Solstice roadster and coupe earned 5-star ratings.

Technology
Technological features in the 2009 Pontiac Solstice lineup include an enhanced sound system with MP3-compatible stereo and jack for iPod, XM satellite radio, OnStar, and a driver information center that offers current fuel economy, fuel range, oil life and warning indicators. For 2009, Bluetooth connectivity is integrated with the OnStar system to allow hands-free calling through the vehicle's audio system.

What Changed for 2009:

  • New Solstice coupe (base and GXP) with removable roof panel
  • GXP coupe model powered by 2.0-liter turbocharged/intercooled engine
  • coupe has late year availability
  • ABS and electronic stability control standard on all models
  • Standard limited-slip differential
  • Bluetooth capability integrated with OnStar system for hands-free calling
  • Revised standard 18-inch wheels
Overview
Pontiac says the Solstice is already the best-selling roadster in the United States, and the division expands the Solstice lineup in 2009 with the addition of a new coupe, available in base and GXP models, and featuring a removable roof. Other 2009 changes are minimal, mostly the inclusion of certain safety and performance equipment, such as anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic stability control and limited-slip differential, as standard equipment. Bluetooth capability is also integrated with the OnStar system this year to enable hands-free calling.

Model Lineup
For 2009, the Pontiac Solstice is available as base Solstice or Solstice GXP, both available in roadster and coupe form. The new coupe has a removable roof panel. Standard Solstice equipment includes a power 2-way driver seat-height adjuster; sport bucket seats with racing-inspired style; leather-wrapped manual shift knob; rear window defogger; rake-adjustable steering wheel; and premium acoustic headliner.

Three packages are available as options, including Convenience (with steering-wheel-mounted cruise control, enhanced driver information center controls and fog lamps); Preferred (with power windows/mirrors/locks and remote keyless entry); and Premium (featuring leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and radio controls integrated into the steering wheel).

Powertrain
The base Pontiac Solstice for 2009 features a 2.4-liter Ecotec 4-cylinder dual-overhead cam (DOHC) engine that delivers 173 hp at 5800 rpm and 167 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm. In the GXP, power comes from an Ecotec 2.0-liter turbocharged and intercooled engine that is one of GM's first direct-injection offerings in North America, according to Pontiac. This technology helps the engine to produce more power without a sacrifice in fuel economy. Both engines are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, with a 5-speed automatic transmission optional. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2.4-liter engine are 19 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the automatic and 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway for the manual. In the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, the estimates are 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway (automatic transmission) and 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway (manual transmission).

Electronic stability control, all-speed traction control, limited-slip differential, and 4-wheel disc brakes with ventilated front rotors and ABS are standard. Other notable powertrain features include independent short/long arm-type suspensions at the front and rear, Bilstein coil-over monotube shocks at all corners, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels.

Safety
The 2009 Pontiac Solstice roadster and coupe feature dual-stage frontal air bags for driver and front passenger; electronic stability and traction control; ABS; tire-pressure monitor; and OnStar 8.0 with vehicle diagnostics and advanced automatic crash response system.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Pontiac Solstice convertible receives a 4-star rating in frontal and driver side-impact tests. The new coupe was not tested in frontal or side-impact tests. In the agency's rollover tests, the Solstice roadster and coupe earned 5-star ratings.

Technology
Technological features in the 2009 Pontiac Solstice lineup include an enhanced sound system with MP3-compatible stereo and jack for iPod, XM satellite radio, OnStar, and a driver information center that offers current fuel economy, fuel range, oil life and warning indicators. For 2009, Bluetooth connectivity is integrated with the OnStar system to allow hands-free calling through the vehicle's audio system.

Available Trims for the 2009 Pontiac Solstice
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name 2dr Conv Transmission Automatic MSRP 24275.00 Engine 2.4L/145 City/Hwy MPG 19/24
Name GXP (2dr Conv) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29485.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 19/27
Name Street Edition (2dr Conv) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29410.00 Engine 2.4L/145 City/Hwy MPG 19/24
Name 2dr Cpe Transmission Automatic MSRP 26225.00 Engine 2.4L/145 City/Hwy MPG 19/24
Name GXP (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 30375.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 19/27

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INTERIOR
  • Seats, Front bucket with manual fore/aft seat adjusters, reclining seatbacks, driver and passenger forward-folding, driver and passenger seatback pocket and fixed head restraints
  • Heater, outside air with fan (Available at no additional charge. Does not include air conditioning.)
  • Seat adjuster, driver 2-way power height adjustment
  • Console, center storage
  • Cup holder, passenger side of center console
  • Parking brake, center console-mounted
  • Steering wheel, 3-spoke urethane
  • Steering column, rake-adjustable
  • Instrumentation, analog, backlit and chrome bezels with speedometer, fuel level and tachometer
  • Driver Information Center that monitors numerous systems depending on vehicle equipment, includes steering-wheel accessory controls
  • Door locks, manual
  • Windows, manual
  • Trunk release, push button open
  • Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III+
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Power outlet, instrument panel-mounted auxiliary with cover, 12-volt
  • Mirror, inside rearview with dual reading lights
  • Headliner, premium acoustic
  • Visors, driver and front passenger, padded, includes vanity mirror on driver-side
  • Lighting, interior, rear compartment
  • Floor mats, color-keyed and carpeted front (Includes embroidered GXP logo with Gray stitching when interior color (19C) and (192) Ebony is ordered and embroidered GXP logo with Red stitching when interior color (025) Ebony with Red Accent Stitching is ordered. Not included when (Z0K) Club Sport Package is ordered.)
  • Sill plates, brushed aluminum
  • Steering wheel, 3-spoke leather-wrapped
  • Steering wheel accessory controls mounted audio, Driver Information Center and cruise controls
  • Instrumentation, analog, satin nickel GXP Sport appearance cluster with speedometer, fuel level and tachometer
  • Driver Information Center that monitors numerous systems depending on vehicle equipment, includes steering-wheel accessory controls (Includes Turbo-charged boost gauge.)
  • Door locks, power
  • Windows, power
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed, steering-wheel mounted
  • Remote Keyless Entry with 2 transmitters, panic button and content theft alarm
  • Shift knob, leather-wrapped (manual transmission only) (Included and only available with (PCQ) Premium Package when (MM5) 5-speed manual transmission is ordered)
  • Floor mats, color-keyed and carpeted front
  • Air conditioning, single-zone manual
  • Pedals, Sport metallic
  • Liftglass release, push button open
EXTERIOR
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) silver-painted aluminum
  • Tires, P245/45R18 all-season, blackwall
  • Tire repair kit, includes inflator and tire sealant
  • Hood, front hinged with struts
  • Convertible top, manual folding, cloth with rear glass window and integral rear defogger
  • Headlamps, halogen composite with automatic exterior lamp control and flash-to-pass feature
  • Mirrors, outside manual, body-color
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted
  • Wipers, front intermittent wet-arm, variable
  • Decklid, reverse hinged with glovebox remote release
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) polished aluminum
  • Tires, P245/45R18-96W blackwall performance
  • Headlamps, halogen composite with automatic exterior lamp control and flash-to-pass feature with Black bezel treatment
  • Fog lamps, front, halogen
  • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, body-color
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) polished aluminum split-spoke
  • Black Accent Stripe
  • Roof panel, 1-piece body-color, removable
  • Liftglass, rear with integrated spoiler
MECHANICAL
  • Engine, ECOTEC 2.4L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4-cylinder SFI, aluminum (173 hp [129.0 kW] @ 5800 rpm, 167 lb-ft of torque [225.5 N-m] @ 4500 rpm)
  • Transmission, 5-speed manual (Required when (Z0K) Club Sport Package is ordered. Must specify a transmission)
  • Differential, limited slip rear
  • Rear axle, 3.91 ratio
  • Drivetrain, rear-wheel drive
  • Battery, maintenance-free with rundown protection
  • Suspension, Sport, 4-wheel independent, includes front and rear stabilizer bars and Bilstein monotube shock absorbers
  • Steering, power, rack-and-pinion
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc, includes Stabilitrak vehicle stability enhancement system and all-speed traction control
  • Exhaust, stainless-steel
  • Exhaust outlet, single high-polished stainless-steel
  • Engine, Turbo ECOTEC 2.0L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4-cylinder, aluminum (260 hp [193.9 kW] @ 5300 rpm, 260 lb-ft of torque [351.0 N-m] @ 5300 rpm)
  • Rear axle, 3.73 ratio
  • Suspension, Performance, 4-wheel independent includes front and rear stabilizer bars and Bilstein adjustable-valve monotube shock absorbers (Included and only available with (Z0K) Club Sport Package.)
  • Exhaust outlets, dual high-polished stainless-steel
  • Transmission, 5-speed manual (Must specify a transmission)
PACKAGE
  • Premium Package includes leather seating surfaces, (N34) 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, (UK3) steering wheel accessory controls and (UPF) Bluetooth for phone (Includes (192) Ebony leather seating surfaces only.)
SAFETY
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Air bags, frontal, driver and front passenger with Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your childs age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicles Owners Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
  • OnStar, 1-year of Safe and Sound plan. Includes Automatic Crash Notification, Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, a link to all Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock (if equipped), Hands-Free Calling and Remote Horn & Lights (Not included on (2MB67) Solstice or (2MB07) Solstice Coupe when (Z0K) Club Sport Package is ordered. OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance and Remote Door Unlock success varies with conditions. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics available on m
  • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and passenger with pretensioners
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
ENTERTAINMENT
  • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), speed-compensated volume, TheftLock and auxiliary input jack for iPod/MP3 player
  • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
  • XM Radio. XM Radio includes 3 trial months of service. XM turns your world on with commercial-free music channels from Rock to Jazz, Country to Classical, Latin Pop to Hip Hop, and virtually everything in between, all in amazing digital sound. Turn on your favorite Sports with every Major League Baseball game from Opening Day until the World Series, NHL Hockey, the PGA TOUR and college football and basketball. Plus XM brings you the biggest names in news and talk, outrageous comedy, award-winning family programming -- wherever you go from coast to coast. Exclusive live concerts, Oprah and Friends, Radio Disney, and so much more. Find what turns you on. (Not included when (Z0K) Club Sport Package is ordered. Available only in the 48 contiguous United States.
  • Antenna, fixed-mast, AM/FM
  • Bluetooth for phone personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system and HMI (Human Machine Interface)
  • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD changer and MP3 playback seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), speed-compensated volume, TheftLock and auxiliary input jack for iPod/MP3 player
  • Audio system feature, Monsoon premium 7-speaker system with 2 - 6" door speakers, 2 - 1" A-pillar tweeters, 2 - 3.5" rear speakers and 1 subwoofer
  • XM Radio. XM Radio includes 3 trial months of service. XM turns your world on with commercial-free music channels from Rock to Jazz, Country to Classical, Latin Pop to Hip Hop, and virtually everything in between, all in amazing digital sound. Turn on your favorite Sports with every Major League Baseball game from Opening Day until the World Series, NHL Hockey, the PGA TOUR and college football and basketball. Plus XM brings you the biggest names in news and talk, outrageous comedy, award-winning family programming -- wherever you go from coast to coast. Exclusive live concerts, Oprah and Friends, Radio Disney, and so much more. Find what turns you on. (Available only in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately af

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