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FEATURES | 7 out of 10
“Club Sport Package…includes firmer suspension tuning and silver-painted wheels”
“Newly standard on all Solstices are OnStar assistance and a ‘premium acoustic headliner’”
“New standard features…include an MP3-compatile stereo with auxiliary input jack, XM Satellite Radio, Driver Information Center, and OnStar”
Kelley Blue Book
The base 2008 Pontiac Solstice is lots of car for the money--but not lots of features.
Most of the items that make a Solstice a true roadster are standard equipment. These include purpose-designed go-fast bits like four-wheel independent short/long-arm suspension, Bilstein coil-over monotube shocks, four-wheel disc brakes, fast-ratio rack-and-pinion steering, and P245/45R18 all-season tires on alloy wheels.
“New standard features,” reports Kelley Blue Book, “include an acoustic headliner, MP3-compatible stereo with auxiliary input jack, XM Satellite Radio, Driver Information Center (DIC) and OnStar.” Thankfully, the rear window in the folding soft top is glass and includes a defroster.
“There are three logically-grouped packages,” says Edmunds in reference to the Solstice’s optional equipment. The Preferred package includes the power bits you might expect to be standard, like locks, windows, mirrors, and keyless entry. To get cruise control, you must opt for the Convenience package, which also gets you fog lamps. Finally, the Premium Package graces the interior with leather seating and a leather-wrapped wheel with radio controls. Note that air conditioning, as well as anti-lock brakes, are stand-alone options.
“Also new for 2008,” notes ConsumerGuide, “are the Solstice SCCA SSB and SCCA T2 Champion Edition models.” Both of these sport-themed models feature standard leather upholstery, firmer suspension tune, and specific silver-painted wheels.
Mechanically chock-full but lacking in some basics, the 2008 Pontiac Solstice requires plenty of options to be considered truly competitive.