We really only have one thing to say about the new Pontiac Solstice (starting at $20,000) — this is hands down the most beautiful car you will ever see at this kind of price. Pontiac won't be able to make them fast enough. The rear-wheel drive roadster has body styling to die for, a wide stance with sports suspension, and a 2.4 liter Ecotec 4-cylinder engine that delivers 177 hp. It's also got an Aisin short throw 5-speed manual transmission, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and an available Eurostyle two-tone leather interior. The word Solstice should mean value from now on.
We all want an exotic car — a car that just screams, “You’ve never seen a car like this and you’ll never see it again if you’re not coming home with me tonight.” Normally, cars such as this require a ton of dough — but not anymore. The 2006 Lotus Elise (starts around $43,000) brings exotic car cred to your garage without completely breaking the bank, and has numbers like 0-60 in 4.9 seconds to back-up the “My car is cooler than yours” looks.