(We know that's coming).The Solstice provokes intense emotions. It is easy to love and easy to feel just the opposite--all in one short spin around town. The Solstice isn't the most refined roadster on the market, but few other vehicles can match its brash, macho looks. Mazda's just-revised MX5 is the vehicle most often compared with the Solstice in the auto enthusiast magazines. The price ranges are similar on both vehicles. Which car is a better buy? The head says Mazda, but the heart says Solstice.
Adding another $15,000 to the base sticker of a Solstice puts you in the entry price of the Honda Motor (nyse: HMC - news - people ) S2000 and BMW Z4 roadsters. The S2000 lists for $34,600, but the car is well loaded at that price. The least expensive Z4, the 2.5-liter, starts at $35,495, but it is easy to spend several thousand more in options. In short, there aren't many roadster options in the $20,000 to $25,000 range.
Let's hope that the executives at GM learned a lesson from the ill-fated Pontiac Fiero of the 1980s, which they killed just when they got it right. The Solstice would benefit from some time in charm school. It needs refinement and ergonomic tweaks. Additional power would be nice, too.