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Compare 2009 Pontiac G8 vs 2008 Ford Taurus

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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan
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Trim

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
4-Door Sedan SEL FWD
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Trim

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
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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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
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 17 mpg 18 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Large Sedan Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 39.4 41.2
Front Head Room (in) 38.7 39.6
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
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
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.73 x - TBD - - TBD -
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19.0 20.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
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
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 100
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
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
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 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
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.75 1.00
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
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Pontiac G8 Ford Taurus
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.59
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson strut MacPherson strut
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 -
 
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