Compare 2009 Pontiac G3 vs 2008 Kia Rio

2009 Pontiac G3
2008 Kia Rio
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5-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door HB 27 34 $13,689 $14,335
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4-Door Sedan Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual 32 35 $10,465 $10,890
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 32 35 $12,160 $12,815
5-Door HB Manual Rio5 LX 27 32 $12,250 $12,915
4-Door Sedan Manual SX 32 35 $12,915 $13,615
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 29 38 $12,970 $13,665
5-Door HB Automatic Rio5 LX 25 35 $13,060 $13,765
5-Door HB Manual Rio5 SX 27 32 $13,160 $13,870
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 29 38 $13,730 $14,465
5-Door HB Automatic Rio5 SX 25 35 $13,965 $14,715
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,689
$10,465
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,335
$10,890
Monthly Payment Estimate
$239 / month
$182 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
5.8
6.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Pontiac G3 is an example of the model proliferation that hurt GM for decades. It's a decent but not terrific subcompact. The 2008 Kia Rio is a good choice among subcompacts and it’s stylish, but standard anti-lock brakes and better side-impact protection would help its case against the Honda Fit.
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg 32 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 53.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 42.8
Front Hip Room (in)
51.6 50.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 92.2
Second Leg Room (in)
35.4 34.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 39.6
Second Hip Room (in)
52.8 50.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 53.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
155 166.9
Height, Overall (in)
59.3 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
55.5 57.5
Wheelbase (in)
97.6 98.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
66.1 66.7
Track Width, Front (in)
57.1 57.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 6.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
7.1 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
42.0 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 11.9
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- TBD - 8.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 10.1 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12 11.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- TBD - 32.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 4.3
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P185/60R14 P175/70R14
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
QUK NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P185/60R14 P175/70R14
Rear Tire Order Code
QUK NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2546 2365
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
14 x - TBD - 14 x 5.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
14 x - TBD - 14 x 5.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 6.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
95 NA
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cylinder Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
105 @ 3800 107 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
LXV NA
Displacement
1.6L/97.5 1.6L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
106 @ 6400 110 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 32
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.06
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.55 3.62
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.28 1.37
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.33 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.95 2.05
Trans Order Code
MM5 NA
Summary
Body Style
5 Door Hatchback 4dr Sdn
Vehicle Name
Pontiac G3 Kia Rio
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion beam NA
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Torsion Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
McPherson strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/coil springs MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 -

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