• Jul 29, 2005
Solara_G6 300 AB

On two separate occasions I have mistaken the back end of a new Pontiac G6 coupe for the derriere of a Toyota Solara. Both times the car has been in a parking space leaving only the rear to view, and those taillights have thrown me on each occasion. Personally I find the Solara to be one of Toyota's least attractive vehicles, especially this current generation with styling that's bloated and visually heavy. The G6 coupe, which may appear to ape the Solara from some angles, especially from the rear, wears a much tighter design that's clean and taut, almost athletic. Though not as interesting to look at as say a CTS or Corvette, we think the G6 is one of GM's most aesthetically pleasing designs and a godsend for Pontiac, which has been desperate lately for a pretty face in the family.



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      • 9 Years Ago
      The G6 is an overdue improvement over the Grand Am. Way overdue. GM even got the proportions right this time. The interior is where it really turned me off. Have you sat in both of these cars? The G6's interior quality still has some ways to go before it can match the Solara's. The Pontiac's center console with the round vents looks like a complete plastic afterthought. I don't even think Cadillac's CTS has the interior quite right yet. Or the new Corvette for that matter. From just pictures, the G6 coupe and the Solara look like twins. But if you see them in person, the G6 coupe, for better or worse, has a much shorter body than the Toyota design. If you ever need to carry rear passengers, the Solara is the better choice.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I've notice the resemblance as well. I would disagree with any suggestions that Pontiac copied the Toyota ... If for no other reason than I don't think GM works that fast. Think about it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      G6: Pontiac's "First Ever" Solara.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I used to think this. But then I actually looked at the two side by side, in person. Wow! There are differences! I'll give you credit where it's due, John - your comment about the rear being taught on the G6 is spot on - and it's a definite difference from the Toyota's relative J.Lo-syndrome.
      • 9 Years Ago
      You've got to be Kidding, A Grandma-AM? they were never competitive, they were "Adequate" if lucky, Rental Fleet favorites..a Cavalier Big brother, Driving Nice doesn't cut it these days, so a Grand Am drives Nice,So does everthing else. You think Just like GM, and Look where they are today. Oh and If toyota puts plastic bits on the corollas you can bet that it won't be rattling, and falling off the rig a few years down the road...The Grand Am was so nice that they let that great quality Icon retire..LMAO. I do hope GM gets it together, they are so inconsistent in there products..the G6 (in coupe form) looks like the best think to come from Pontiac, but then they are known for forcing things like the Asstec on us.. GM, get rid of all those overpayed lazy UAW workers, and those old Pension hoarding farts that could give a ---- about our generation....
      • 9 Years Ago
      I like the convertible Solara, the big-assed look works for it. The hardtop does look stupid, tho.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Zon The coupe's a bit funky, but I usually end up in a G6 when I rent wheels on business trips, and as much as I hate American sedans, it's a pretty decent car - for a Pontiac. WOW. If you hate american sedans you must hate everything. Where do you think your toyota's are built. No wonder why the big 3 are sinking, you are holding them underwater. In America our automotive companies are VITAL to our economy. If they sink, or are taken over and jobs and profits are exported, you had better start speaking japaneese because our economy would be back to the dark ages. So if you are american, you had better hope that they don't sink.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Pontiac looks better from *every angle* IMO (kingtroll), but they both look hideously ugly from the rear. In fact, the rear of the G6 single-handedly took the car of my shopping list for a new car. I don't want a sedan, and I don't want anything to do with ugly Solaras.
      • 9 Years Ago
      u guyz r retarded. the salara looks 100x betta
      • 9 Years Ago
      I agree with Josh, Toyota is comsuming too much of the market. Personaly I don't see what is so great about Toyotas any way they have sub-par performance and handling and don't even look atractive. (Trust me I have driven them, their transmisons are the worst) But of course you have these asses that let the "BS" "Consumer Reports Magazine" do the thinking for them (Toyota must be bribing consumer reports magazine) and that is why they buy a sucky Toyota rather than a well performing Grand Am which by the way is not a bad car. The Grand Am is fairly nice looking and fun to drive. By the way Comsumer Reports Magazine always used to rip the Grand Am apart about the plastic trim on the outside whitch didn't look bad but now that Toyota has the same plastic trim, maybe even more loaded on the Corolla (whitch looks bloated aloing with all the other Toyotas) Consumer Reports Mag doesn't say a fucken word against Toyota because they are BIAS! Obviously I would go with the Pontiac G6 coupe as it looks sleeker and less bloated looking than the solara.
      • 9 Years Ago
      GM is full of copying other makes' designs. It used to be that GM was the styling LEADER, but the only leading GM does these days is in marketing rebates and making recalls. I've long contended that the G6 was a ripoff of the Solara and it certainly doesn't take a stretch to see that the upcoming Hyper Homely Recall (Chevy HHR) is a blatant ripoff of the PT Cruiser. We've been filled this line of bull by GM's mouth piece, Bobby Putz, that the HHR evokes the styling of a late 1940's Suburban, but honestly what person alive is going to rush out to the Chevrolet dealership on the nostalga for their long lost 1940's Subby? It also follows that if Chrysler had not had success (initially) with the PT Cruiser, GM wouldn't have invested money on the HHR - I say this fully understanding that not much at GM is logical these days so I could be giving GM too much credit assuming they would have abandoned a bomb look alike. When Chrysler is setting the design trends for passenger cars and Ford is setting the design trends for trucks, there isn't much left for GM to do but to copy others' work. Perhaps since we cannot fail GM for their plagarism, we could instead simply stand Bobby Putz in the middle of a park somewhere and simply kick the dung out of him just for fun!
      • 9 Years Ago
      huh? this article says their similar and then calls one unattractive...is this a backhanded compliment to the beauty of the rest Toyota lineup? ~wC
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