The Pontiac Solstice Was a Better Miata from General Motors

4. 08. 2020
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The Pontiac Solstice was a Mazda Miata from General Motors -- except I think it was better. Today I'm reviewing the Solstice GXP to explain what was and what I think about it, and I'm going to take you on a tour of the Solstice. I'm also going to drive the Solstice GXP and show you what the Pontiac Solstice was like on the road.
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  • Is the Saturn Sky the same car?

    James R PeetJames R PeetPřed 2 hodinami
  • Ah yes, the Bob Ross of Car Reviews.... Beat the Doug score out of it

    St. MSt. MPřed 3 hodinami
  • I always wanted one of those. Saturn Sky was cool too.

    ssbrosking36ssbrosking36Před 4 hodinami
  • I have owned a 2006 solstice, silver with 5sp trans, with 58k miles on it. for a bit over 5 years now. It has been fun and trouble free the whe time. Only complaint: 2 seats, 3 cup holders, but no ash tray. Great car.

    Day GamerDay GamerPřed dnem
  • I’ve always loved the solstice, when I was a young child on my scooter I used to imagine while I was riding my scooter I was driving a red Pontiac solstice

    CTen2CTen2Před 4 dny
  • That car is a mess...borderline gross.

    Kyle NicholKyle NicholPřed 4 dny
  • I love that the mandated 3rd brake light was slightly lower than the regular ones! LOL (Higher ones at driver's level makes the light more visible to drivers behind reducing the likelihood of rear end crashes.)

    charmercicharmerciPřed 7 dny
  • Have you found a Saturn Sky Redline to review? I'd love to see your review on the sister car to the solstice, OR the even more rare Solstice Coupe` hardtop

    Brian HaarmannBrian HaarmannPřed 9 dny
  • You mean a wayyyyyyyy uglier miata

    davix 2301davix 2301Před 9 dny
  • Then there's the Saturn Sky, same car but ten times better looking

    Randy KumpfRandy KumpfPřed 10 dny
  • Actually, there is the 5. Version of the solstice. And its called the Vauxhall VX220.

    nissan gt-rnissan gt-rPřed 12 dny
  • So where a S2000 fall compared to Miata and Solstice 😆

    Gregory FreemanGregory FreemanPřed 13 dny
  • hey doug i have a del sol in alaska so you cant test mine but i would love you do one on the del bro. since i saw chris lift the miata top off....maybe you could use his........

    tsirkucptsirkucpPřed 15 dny
  • American cars are always designed around the cupholders, first. Designers often fight for weeks over how many cupholders the car should have. Once that is decided it's all about how big they can make the grille and exhaust.

    TheLobstersoupTheLobstersoupPřed 15 dny
  • Jazz!!

    Ibil SyahbaniIbil SyahbaniPřed 15 dny
  • I miss Jazz. Yes it's a Pontiac solstice but to me it's Jazz

    pontiacGXPfanpontiacGXPfanPřed 16 dny
  • Not better than a Miata. Fake news.

    PhillPhillPřed 16 dny
  • And.... it was ugly as hell

    gxmgxmPřed 16 dny
  • The panel over the top is called a tonneau, a word leftover from when French cars ruled, 1895-1905.

    Tom FrazierTom FrazierPřed 17 dny
  • The plastic interior may have sucked back in the day, but it’s awesome right now. Virtually indestructible. No padding that cracks, no fading, no leather that cracks or shrinks. Not only are these interiors in good shape now, they still will be in 10 years.

    Luke RecordsLuke RecordsPřed 18 dny
  • I like Doug. He's great, but I hate it when he makes fun of every car for having branding.

    Micah SwartzMicah SwartzPřed 19 dny
  • Can you imagine the Hell that would rain down on us all if Doug had said that the Solstice was better than the current generation Supra?

    Blair BrownBlair BrownPřed 19 dny
  • Had one for 180k miles and never had one problem aside from being broken into. Was a fun and surprisingly reliable car.

    Jay QJay QPřed 20 dny
  • If I got one of these, I'm sure I'd love it. My coworkers wouldn't be so happy. (I work for Mazda)

    Tyler TheFriendlyItalianTyler TheFriendlyItalianPřed 21 dnem
  • My friend loved this car. Her 1st one was lemon lawed. She was so smitten she tried again. The 2nd one had ongoing electronic issues and was constantly leaving her stranded. She got rid of it. And bought a Miata.

    2000ViperRT/102000ViperRT/10Před 22 dny
  • I drove one of those and hated it. It has a worthless "so-called trunk" and rode like crap. I bought a 2007 Miata instead.

    Gary LeibitzkeGary LeibitzkePřed 22 dny
  • what a piece of cr4p .. sorry guys , give me a bike

    Paul SharpePaul SharpePřed 23 dny
  • Ha, my base model G8 and G8 GT have more HP than this GXP model.

    Commander WafflesCommander WafflesPřed 24 dny
  • The Saturn Sky variant of this car is very high among my dream cars. I've just always felt in a special way about it for some reason. I'll get one eventually, or an Opel GT Roaster (which was just a rebadged Sky for the EU market). The styling of the Pontiac Solstice doesn't fit me tho, it doesn't have that "thing" that makes me love Sky. Even if it's mechanically identical, I'd skip it and search for a Sky or GT.

    Wojciech MurasWojciech MurasPřed 25 dny
  • "I love the way it looks." Styling: 6

    Yuriy KolesnykYuriy KolesnykPřed 26 dny
  • Fun fact: when changing the battery you have to take off the right front side panel.

    David BoringDavid BoringPřed 26 dny
  • Only reason I knew what a solstice is that’s because it was jazz’s vehicle form in transformers I guess he died in the movie just like Pontiac did

    Younh Boy vaultYounh Boy vaultPřed 27 dny
  • Very cute car. Cheers!

    LectronCircuitsLectronCircuitsPřed 27 dny
  • Honestly i think it looks ugly...

    NickTheVoicerNickTheVoicerPřed 27 dny
  • I think the miata looks more poised and agile then the solstice. I do like how the solstice looks, I do but it looks somewhat bloated.

    SuperCookieGamingSuperCookieGamingPřed 27 dny
    • @Wojciech Muras the sky looks much better than the solstice

      SuperCookieGamingSuperCookieGamingPřed 25 dny
    • I honestly love the looks of the Saturn Sky. There's something almost hypnotizing about its design. Pontiac? Ehhh... Gets a pass. Feels unnecessarily complex, but looks fine. Miata on the other hand seems just tiny. I'm not a large guy, but it still looks almost like an overgrown toy car to me. It appears extremely agile, but definitely not well looking. It's almost boring. There's however a much bigger problem with the Miata - everyone knows it. I've just checked - there are literally 6 for sale in my town for under $5k. And the Solstice? Even counting Sky's and GT Roadsters, there are 5 in my entire state! Its uniqueness is 100% worth it for me. I've wanted one badly for years now...

      Wojciech MurasWojciech MurasPřed 25 dny
  • This looks way better than the Miata

    MirleMirlePřed 28 dny
  • As an NC owner, I'll politely disagree with you on which is better. What was all the black crud on the back under the roof? Too many steps to operate the soft top too..

    Brad DBrad DPřed 28 dny
  • This title offends me. I hate this car on sight. Maybe its the yellow

    NJNJPřed 28 dny
  • I want a solstus now they look awesome

    Lance OlerichLance OlerichPřed 29 dny
  • Not a Miata, an updated Fiero front driver!

    JDevPeabodyJDevPeabodyPřed měsícem
  • I have driven this car, but in nfs undercover 😁😁😁

    PEZESHKI automobilesPEZESHKI automobilesPřed měsícem
  • The answer is always Miata.

    vlenhoffvlenhoffPřed měsícem
  • No S2000 love?

    Robert CrowderRobert CrowderPřed měsícem
  • Imagine if this got LS.

    Kennedick PetermanKennedick PetermanPřed měsícem
  • Storage or dirt collector?

    Lucky U. TinLucky U. TinPřed měsícem
  • Fiat 124 has a better top. Very easy to operate.

    Lucky U. TinLucky U. TinPřed měsícem
  • Inconsistent. Fake reviewer. Reviews a small car then complains about trunk space. What a buffoon.

    Lucky U. TinLucky U. TinPřed měsícem
  • WTF do I need cupholder ? Cant you drink at home ?

    51tomtomtom51tomtomtomPřed měsícem
  • For someone who said that they love the Pontiac Solstice, you seem to give it a rather low rating. Maybe what I think "love" is, IS much different in meaning than yours. I never drove one, but when I was younger, I had hoped to purchase one or the Sky. Well, it is what it is.

    Derrick LoganDerrick LoganPřed měsícem
  • This is a Pontiac that I really liked, including the Saturn Sky!! Beautiful Vehicles!

    Derrick LoganDerrick LoganPřed měsícem
  • Reliability and dependability Mazda Miata wins every time!!

    otto Vonostrovootto VonostrovoPřed měsícem
  • It just needed to have a v8 option

    FalseBroadcastFalseBroadcastPřed měsícem
  • R

    guitarman430guitarman430Před měsícem
  • My mom used to have one of these in black...I believe hers was a base model

    Patrick DesrosiersPatrick DesrosiersPřed měsícem
  • I saw one of those last year...first one I ever saw in my life..it was a WTH moment.

    allen schmitzallen schmitzPřed měsícem
  • The other way to tell the GXP from the naturally aspirated ones is the black grilles and surrounds around the parking lights. The normal ones have silver grilles.

    Much WiserMuch WiserPřed měsícem
  • Does it use a space-saver spare tire? Will the road wheel fit in the same space in the trunk?

    John WilsonJohn WilsonPřed měsícem
  • It would have been nice if the owner had cleaned the car before letting you review it. My Saturn has 240K miles and it's cleaner than this thing.

    Rich MACRich MACPřed měsícem
  • I don't have to get out of my seat to raise or lower the top on my Miata. It unlatches from the front and I can lower it with one hand. I do have to stretch a little to raise it, but it still takes one hand.

    nismo2070nismo2070Před měsícem
  • Gutless standard motor - GM reliabilty - a little too small in critical areas ( interior + trunk ) ... doomed from the start ...

    nrich51nrich51Před měsícem
  • The front fascia were definitely different between the base and GXP.

    Mark CaldwellMark CaldwellPřed měsícem
  • I feel like this car could've been something out of this world if they had put a v10 or something crazy under the hood

    just another commenter.just another commenter.Před měsícem
  • Ten years old (and a 20? year old design), and the interior and cupholders still work better than the ND Miata. Sigh. Isn't this one of the most reliable GM engines of all time as well?

    acchaladkaacchaladkaPřed měsícem
  • well, since how it is really a corvette with less than 8 cylinders and rounded fenders instead of pointed ones .....it's only natural that it would be better than a miata

    firstbaldwinfirstbaldwinPřed měsícem
  • So the Vauxhall VX220 was not a rebadge of the Opel version?

    Joshua FosterJoshua FosterPřed měsícem
  • We have a silver one like Jazz from transformers. Rip lol

    Jack AndersonJack AndersonPřed měsícem
  • The GXP is obvious from the front. Regular Solstices have chrome grills and GXPs have black.

    Lance PeltierLance PeltierPřed měsícem
  • Low power for such a sporty car, Saturn Sky alert

    erich84502ifyerich84502ifyPřed měsícem
  • 8:22 - it says Solstice GXP just in case you get confused and think you're in a Miata.

    ronch550ronch550Před měsícem
  • Cupholders - because you just CAN'T ride in your car without having a beverage with you. No you just can't. Really.

    ronch550ronch550Před měsícem
  • 2002 jeep is very cool.. write that down!

    Eon plzEon plzPřed měsícem
  • Saturn sky looks so much better...

    Brody HarrisBrody HarrisPřed měsícem
    • @Ed Straker Absolutely not wrong. I think the Saturn sky is mucho sex. The Pontiac is incredibly bulbous...

      Brody HarrisBrody HarrisPřed měsícem
  • More Road Junk and happier Junk yards for fools. Not worth the money or tuning stress, I have enough women like that😒😒

    Le ObenLe ObenPřed měsícem
  • You couldn't take 10 minutes and clean up that area on the trunk/roof lid, yellow panel on the interior and gauges? Wow. Could do so much better to present such a cool car.

    QuestionRealityQuestionRealityPřed měsícem
  • It's a rebadged Opel. Saturn and Vauxhall also had rebadged versions....Doug is an idiot, he could do just a little research and find this out.

    Keith McIntyreKeith McIntyrePřed měsícem
  • I had this car in navy blue. I had the automatic GXP. Fun car, great gas mileage. I loved it CA where there wasn't much rain. When we moved to TN the roads were fun, the rain was not. So I sold it.

    Melanie faulknerMelanie faulknerPřed měsícem
  • Ah man. TY. I actually asked you to do a bit on the Saturn Sky, but this is close enough. 🙏🏼

    Jose BernalJose BernalPřed měsícem
  • if the top isn't electric what is that big hump in the trunk?

    samuel lopessamuel lopesPřed měsícem
    • @Ed Straker dam, that's weird.

      samuel lopessamuel lopesPřed měsícem
  • Forget about it.....Get a Honda S2000.....it blows away both the Miata and the Solstice....and it's value goes up....not down!!

    Elisa and Greg Iles-SabolElisa and Greg Iles-SabolPřed měsícem
  • I always thought this car looked like a bar of soap

    Edward ThurstonEdward ThurstonPřed měsícem
  • 2008 Corvette steering wheel so it can't be all that bad! I saw better inner door panels on trucks in the 60's.

    JB91710JB91710Před měsícem
  • I bought an '06 Solstice in '08, with 15k miles on it. It had some problems due to GM bean counters doing their best to kill their customers and their own company, but I straightened 'em out. Between me, my daughter and son, we've put 170k miles on it, driving throughout the southeast US. My son still drives it, and has the top down every moment he can. We all love it. The Solstice was and remains the best "driver" I've ever encountered, quirks and all.

    Mister LackeyMister LackeyPřed měsícem
  • Build quality was super terrible, which is unfortunate. GM sorta gave up on this, but I think they could have built a better car and bought a priceless amount of political capital/customer loyalty.

    Pickle Supply Company Yep!Pickle Supply Company Yep!Před měsícem
  • Junk

    John McCagueJohn McCaguePřed měsícem
  • I wanted a dodge razor, but all I ever saw was the Chrysler crossfire.

    Farms GraceFarms GracePřed měsícem
  • I love me a great Pontiac. But I find the saturn sky was the better looker.

    Jason WilliamsJason WilliamsPřed měsícem
  • I could never stand the look of the Solstice. The waste line is too high. It looks frumpy.

    IRMacGuyverIRMacGuyverPřed měsícem
  • GXP = black front grille. NA = silver grille. Wash the car you noob!

    tekartstekartsPřed měsícem
  • this car was originally released in the UK as a Vauxhall VX Lightning

    minicollective.orgminicollective.orgPřed měsícem
  • I like the looks of the Sky over the Solstice. Would have loved to see a turbo version of the Fiero's 2.8L V6 in it. I had a 86, and loved the exhaust note.

    Ted HarvickTed HarvickPřed měsícem
  • You cant wash the car first??? All the grime detracts from the narrative

    Neil .ConnollyNeil .ConnollyPřed měsícem
  • This family of cars was conceived ...Dec. 1986

    Shawn RaymondShawn RaymondPřed měsícem
  • If I had an unlimited budget for an unnecessary car, I'd get the Saturn Sky version of this and (somehow) convert it to a coupe (only the solstice came as a coupe). Then I'd get a better transmission and mount it in the rear, like a corvette. I'd either build the turbo 2.0 or swap in a newer 2.7 turbo 4-banger. I know what you're thinking, "Just swap in an entire corvette drivetrain, or better yet, just buy a corvette." And to that I reply "Go jump in a lake. I'll waste my money however I want."

    John AllenJohn AllenPřed měsícem
  • Jazzzzzz autobotttt

    Vaibhav KumarVaibhav KumarPřed měsícem
  • My wife had a GXP. One big quark that Doug failed to pick up on was the battery was located on the passenger side tucked down low. Great for the CG but required removing the lower quarter panel behind the front tire to change the battery. Additionally, the car had no spare tire but did come with a can of fix-a-flat and a battery operated air pump. A fun car overall. We hated to part with it.

    Tom BrownTom BrownPřed měsícem
  • Of course, the very best General Motors sports car is the Vauxhall VX220.

    hack danielshack danielsPřed měsícem
    • @Dono You're going to say 'Corvette', aren't you? That's a category error.

      hack danielshack danielsPřed měsícem
    • The best? Not even close.

      DonoDonoPřed měsícem
  • So you have to get out of the car, open the 'trunk', undo three clips etc etc etc to get the roof on and off? Sorry, no.

    hack danielshack danielsPřed měsícem
  • It's not a GM Miata, it's a US available Opel GT. GM owned Opel and produced this for the US that's the only reason we were blessed with the KAPPA

    Nanna GoopNanna GoopPřed měsícem
  • This car is just one of many sad examples of what went wrong with the American car industry.

    RubberSoulRubberSoulPřed měsícem
  • Could have at least cleaned the car first

    Joseph PaulJoseph PaulPřed měsícem
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