The 2023 Pontiac Solstice is a sports car manufactured by Pontiac. Pontiac Solstice has two pieces of equipment: base and GXP. The 2023 Pontiac Solstice standard equipment for both includes 18-inch wheels with 245/45 performance tires, a manually operated top with a glass rear window and defogger, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, and a six-speaker audio system with a built-in CD player. The performance-focused GXP adds a turbocharged engine, a sport-tuned suspension, a limited-slip differential, dual exhaust pipes, fog lamps, cruise control, power windows and mirrors, keyless entry, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
2023 Solstice GXP convenience features are also available as options on the base Solstice. Other options for both types of equipment include air conditioning, leather seats, several upgraded audio systems with MP3 playback, OnStar telematics, and satellite radio. Thanks to its sexy body, the Pontiac Solstice attracts the attention of car enthusiasts, children, and the elderly with equal magnetism. Beneath the flowing corners are the characteristics of a true sports roadster: compact dimensions, two seats, front-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel independent suspension, large wheels and tires, and near-perfect weight balance.
The only direct competition for Pontiac Solstice is the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The Mazda Miata is better at delivering pure driving excitement, thanks to its enthusiastic, fast-revving engine and a lighter feel on its feet. Mazda also has a nicer cabin and a much easier-to-handle roof. With the Pontiac GXP, Pontiac takes the American-style Mazda one step ahead. The first thing people notice about the Pontiac Solstice is its sculpted body.
Hydroformed body panels give it seductive compound curves and flowing lines. True sports car features include rear-wheel drive, four-wheel independent suspension, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, and a 50 to 50 weight balance. For power, Solstice relies on a 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine with 177 horsepower and 166 lb-ft of torque. A close-ratio five-speed close-ratio manual transmission is standard, while a five-speed automatic transmission will be offered later in the model year. Opening the car’s manually operated roof reveals a spacious interior.
2023 Pontiac Solstice : Interior
The 2023 Solstice may be a small sports car, but even drivers taller than 6 feet need to have adequate legroom. The Hiproom is another matter, though, as the vehicle’s wide transmission tunnel bores anyone over 150 pounds. The seats are well shaped for at least proper support, and most controls are easy to use. The downsides include a stereo screen bathed in sunlight, ergonomic flaws, and an abundance of hard plastic that spoils the otherwise attractive interior design. Lowering the roof is a multi-stage event that involves getting out of the car, installing the crown, and closing the hard tonneau cover. Raising it takes the same amount of effort. While we know sports cars aren’t supposed to be practical, the Solstice’s trunk is so small it’s almost useless and the cockpit storage is zero.
2023 Pontiac Solstice : Engine
The base Pontiac Solstice is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 177 hp and 166 pound-feet of torque. Connected to the standard five-speed manual transmission, performance is absolutely respectable, with a 0-60 mph time of 7.7 seconds. The GXP’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine produces 260 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque; The 0-60 mph time is estimated to be around six seconds. It also comes paired with a five-speed manual transmission. A five-speed automatic is optional for both engines.
2023 Pontiac Solstice : Safety
Four-wheel disc brakes are standard on both trims; ABS, side airbags, and stability control are optional on the base vehicle and standard on the GXP. The latter also comes with stability control not found in the standard Solstice. Side airbags are not available. The standard on the 2023 Pontiac Solstice is four-wheel disc brakes.