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2005 - Solstice
2005 - Solstice
The Solstice marked a serious attempt at making a purely fun Pontiac again. A cloth-top two-seater is a far cry from the Aztek.

But the Solstice was never as good as it could have been. The base version feels almost like a hot body draped over an economy car's guts. (The punchier Solstice GXP feels much more like a genuine sports car.) The interior also feels cheap and scratchy, a reminder of the bad old days of GM penny-pinching.

Regardless, the Solstice did generate real excitement and real hope for a new, better Pontiac. Despite the brand's death sentence, a gorgeous hard top version is just hitting the market now.

NEXT: 2008 - G8

Last updated May 15 2009: 3:11 PM ET
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