Compare 2009 Pontiac G8 vs 2008 Ford Taurus

2009 Pontiac G8
2008 Ford Taurus
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 17 25 $26,978 $28,250
4-Door Sedan GT 15 24 $30,326 $31,755
4-Door Sedan GXP 13 20 $35,917 $37,610
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4-Door Sedan FWD SEL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD SEL 18 28 $21,801 $23,635
4-Door Sedan AWD SEL 17 24 $23,467 $25,485
4-Door Sedan FWD Limited 18 28 $25,388 $27,620
4-Door Sedan AWD Limited 17 24 $27,053 $29,470
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,978
$21,801
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,250
$23,635
Monthly Payment Estimate
$471 / month
$394 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The G8 gives Pontiac real sport-sedan credentials and hits the mark with only minor faults. A great choice for older drivers, the 2008 Ford Taurus excels on its size, safety gear, and large instrumentation, but falls behind the Honda Accord in driving excitement.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Sedan Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
58.0 53.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.1 57.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
38.0 38.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
59.1 57.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 41.3
Front Hip Room (in)
56.7 53.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
107.0 108.0
Second Leg Room (in)
39.4 41.2
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 39.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
62.7 64.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
196.1 201.8
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 61.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.3 64.4
Wheelbase (in)
114.8 112.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.8 74.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
17.5 21.2
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.89 x - TBD - - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.73 x - TBD - - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.0 20.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 3.15
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
R1L NA
Front Tire Size
P245/45R18 P215/60R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
R1L NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/45R18 P215/60R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3885 3741
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.8 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
256 @ 6300 263 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
248 @ 2100 249 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
LY7 99W
Displacement
3.6L/217 3.5L/213
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 28
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.02 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.21 2.87
Trans Order Code
M82 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.92 2.77
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.42 4.48
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.60 1.84
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 1.00
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Pontiac G8 Ford Taurus
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.02
Suspension Type - Rear
Performance Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
4-link independent Coil over shock
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Performance Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.59
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson strut MacPherson strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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