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2009 Pontiac G5 vs. Its Competition

2009 Pontiac G5
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The 2009 Pontiac G5 is a near-twin of the Chevrolet Cobalt coupe, but lacks the Chevy's optional SS trim with its turbocharged four-cylinder.

The Honda Civic is the most sophisticated in this class.

Its four-cylinder engines are flexible and rev freely, the manual transmission is a pleasure to shift, and its interior quality is top notch.

The Ford Focus coupe isn’t pretty but has plenty of features, including the new SYNC entertainment controller.

The Scion tC is reasonably handsome, with a rev-happy four-cylinder engine and a much more visually satisfying interior, but it's also quite cramped.

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The 2009 Pontiac G5 looks good from a distance and is cheap and frugal, but it lacks nearly all the other elements of a practical or enjoyable car.
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The price is right for the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, yet most of its competitors offer a better overall value.
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The 2009 Scion tC is more sophisticated and feature-rich than its price tag would otherwise indicate.
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The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000.
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Gas Mileage    
23 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 51 MPG Hwy
Gas 4-CylGas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Natural Gas I4
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2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe Base2-Door HB Manual (Natl)2-Door Coupe SClassic 4-Door Sedan GX CVT w/Side Airbags
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe3 Door Hatchback2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan
ManualManualManual w/ODManual w/ODCVT
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