The G8’s chief rival is the Dodge Charger, which has more aggressive styling but is a little less refined.
The Charger and the similar but more glamorous Chrysler 300 offer optional all-wheel drive, whereas the G8 does not.
However, the Charger doesn’t have the thoroughly in-check body control and poise around corners to match the G8.
The front-wheel-drive Ford Taurus (with an all-wheel-drive option) is just as large as its competitors, but it’s more clearly geared to an older, more conservative crowd.
Then there’s the Nissan Maxima, which trumps the G8 for style but, because it’s front-wheel drive and only offers a V-6, can’t touch the G8’s level of performance.
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|2009 Pontiac G8Browse Used Listings||2008 Dodge ChargerBrowse Used Listings||2008 Ford TaurusBrowse Used Listings||2008 Nissan MaximaBrowse Used Listings|
|13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan RWD||4-Door Sedan SEL FWD||4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4dr Sdn||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Continously Variable|
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|2009 Pontiac G8 vs. 2008 Dodge Charger||2009 Pontiac G8 vs. 2008 Ford Taurus||2009 Pontiac G8 vs. 2008 Nissan Maxima|