Priced at more than $14,000, the 2009 Pontiac G3 is not a good deal in our judgment.
Just considering resale value now that Pontiac is being phased out, we'd recommend a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo5 hatchback instead.
There are other solid competitors, too, including the Nissan Versa.
The Versa drives and feels most like a larger vehicle, in a positive sense, with a smooth, settled ride on the highway.
Our next recommendation would be the Honda Fit because of its sporty driving character, cavernous interior, Magic Seat arrangement, and best-in-class safety.
The Rio and Accent (mechanically related to each other) don't feel as roomy as the G3, but come across about the same as the Yaris.
The Korean pair is more fun to drive than the Aveo (and, therefore, the G3), but don't expect them to feel as refined—a positive character trait that stood out when we drove the Aveo5.
Nearly all of these vehicles get better fuel economy than the 2009 Pontiac G3—except, of course, the Aveo5 because the cars are the same.
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|2009 Pontiac G3Browse Used Listings||2008 Honda FitBrowse Used Listings||2008 Hyundai AccentBrowse Used Listings||2008 Kia RioBrowse Used Listings||2008 Nissan VersaBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota YarisBrowse Used Listings|
|27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||29 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy|
|Gas 4-Cylinder||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas 4-cyl||Gas I4|
|Subcompact||Small Station Wagon||Compact||Compact||Compact||Subcompact|
|5-Door HB||5-Door HB Manual||3-Door HB Manual GS *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan Manual||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.8 S||3-Door HB Manual (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front wheel drive|
|5 Door Hatchback||5-Door Hatchback||3 Door HB Coupe||4dr Sdn||4 Door Sedan||3 Door Hatchback|
|Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual|
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|2009 Pontiac G3 vs. 2008 Honda Fit||2009 Pontiac G3 vs. 2008 Hyundai Accent||2009 Pontiac G3 vs. 2008 Kia Rio||2009 Pontiac G3 vs. 2008 Nissan Versa||2009 Pontiac G3 vs. 2008 Toyota Yaris|