2008 Pontiac Solstice vs. Its Competition

2008 Pontiac Solstice
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Saturn Sky is very closely related to the 2008 Pontiac Solstice but includes much more standard equipment, albeit for a base price that’s several thousand dollars higher, although many consider the Saturn’s interior design to be superior to that of the Solstice.

The Honda S2000 may be the closest competitor to the Solstice GXP; it brings an incredibly rev-happy 237-horsepower, 2.2-liter VTEC four-cylinder and six-speed manual.

Though it doesn’t match the Red Line for straight-line performance, it beats it for the tactile experience.

The Miata covers the basics with a certain tactile charm that the Solstice lacks; the shift action, very direct steering feel, and sound of the modest engine powering the balanced, lightweight roadster is still unbeatable.

The torquey Nissan 350Z Roadster is also worth a look for those who seek V-6 grunt above all else.

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Pontiac Solstice keeps it simple, valuing sports-car responsiveness over comfort and practicality.
The 2009 Saturn Sky looks great and in the Red Line trim is a blast to drive, but its ergonomics and quality keep it from truly competing with the Miata.
The 2008 Honda S2000 is a purist's sports car, with the resulting compromises in room and refinement.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
2-SeaterTwo SeaterTwo Seater
Style Name  
2-Door Convertible2-Door Convertible2-Door Convertible
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
2 Door Convertible2 Door Convertible2 Door Convertible
Detailed Spec Comparison
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