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FEATURES | 7 out of 10
Club Sport Package ... includes firmer suspension tuning and silver-painted wheels
A wireless cell phone link is newly available
CD stereo with XM Satellite Radio
The 2009 Pontiac Solstice is a budget sportscar, with an emphasis on budget. While the Pontiac Solstice offers a low starting MSRP for its base trim, it also has little in the way of standard features to drool over.
Standard features for the 2009 Pontiac Solstice don't vary greatly between the base and GXP trims, and neither offers a long list of high-tech amenities. ConsumerGuide states that the base Pontiac Solstice includes "OnStar assistance" and an "AM/FM/CD/MP3 player [with] digital-media player connection," while Edmunds points out that "a trip computer and an audio system with satellite radio" are also standard. Edmunds adds that "roadsters have a manual soft top with an acoustic headliner," and those springing for the Pontiac Solstice GXP will get "Bluetooth, cruise control, full power accessories, keyless entry, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel," on top of the base amenities, reports Edmunds.
For those disappointed in the standard features offerings on the 2009 Pontiac Solstice, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com don't hold out much hope for available options. Kelley Blue Book says that "there are four logically-grouped packages," most of which simply add the GXP's standard features to the base model of the Pontiac Solstice. However, Kelley Blue Book also points out that an available Club Sport Package "features a single CD stereo and performance suspension while deleting OnStar, XM radio and all other options save for a rear spoiler" in an effort to save weight. Edmunds reviewers report that available options "on both trims are air-conditioning, leather seating, an upgraded audio system with a six-CD changer, sport pedals and the Club Sport Package," while the "Premium Package adds leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and steering-wheel-mounted controls." Other stand-alone options, according to ConsumerGuide, include a "Monsoon sound system" and floor mats for the base model.
The 2009 Pontiac Solstice forgoes luxury in the name of offering a discount thrill machine.