2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe

John Rowe

I find it hard to appreciate the merits of the Solstice coupe because I find myself distracted by things like a seat that's snugged up against the driver's side door so tightly I can't operate the seatback adjuster (unless the door is open) and rear-quarter blind spots the size of Rhode Island.

That's too bad, because the GXP coupe does indeed have its merits. Power from the direct-injection four-cylinder turbo is plentiful and available at the mere tip of the throttle, and the styling is eye-catching, with a macho stance and a distinctive profile. The ride, even on the pothole-filled roads that spring up every March in Michigan, is quite comfortable for a sports car. The materials in the cabin are a great improvement over what we saw in GM cars a decade ago, but are still not up to par for a vehicle that costs more than $30,000.

One can only hope that the Solstice coupe is still a work in progress and that some of its more obvious ergonomic flaws will be addressed. But with so many questions about the future of GM in general and the Pontiac division in particular, we won't hold our breath.

Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor

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