The 2008 Pontiac Solstice receives a few formerly optional features as standard this year. Both the base and turbocharged GXP versions now include OnStar, an acoustic headliner for the soft top and a trip computer. An upgraded audio system with satellite radio and MP3 playback for the CD player is also part of the deal. In terms of options, the GXP also now offers the Club Sport Package that includes firmer suspension tuning and silver-painted wheels. There are also two new special-edition trim levels this year that celebrate the car's success in SCCA racing.
The 2008 Pontiac Solstice has a low base price, though it skimps on standard safety features. Anti-lock brakes—considered by many to be essential on a sportscar of this type—are optional on the Solstice, and stability control is now available on the base models ordered with anti-lock brakes but standard on the GXP. No side airbags are offered. The Solstice has been crash-tested by the federal government and got four-star results in frontal and side impact. The low roadster is also one of just a few cars to obtain top five-star results in NHTSA’s rollover risk rating.
My wife, Eleanor, and I purchased a 2008 Pontiac Solstice three years ago. It is a convertible and an SCCA-SSB edition. It was a low mileage, one owner car and that cost $29,945 brand new.
Though not as loaded in standard form as the Saturn Sky, the 2008 Pontiac Solstice does come with a CD stereo, rear defroster, an adjustable steering column, and a considerably lower base price. A full range of options can be ordered, including power locks, mirrors, and windows; keyless entry; cruise control; leather seats; a Monsoon audio system; GM’s OnStar communications/safety system; and XM Satellite Radio. Among the changes for 2008 are standard OnStar and XM Satellite Radio; a new MP3-compatible AM/FM/CD radio with an auxiliary jack; and standard tire pressure monitors.
2008 Pontiac Solstice GXP; Mission Hill Winery, Kelowna BC. Click image to enlarge