- Spacious interior
- Well-balanced steering and ride
- Handsome profile
- Comfortable rear seat.
- Lack of Bluetooth and navigation system
- No available all-wheel drive
- Some minor controls placed in awkward spots.
Pontiac’s come from nowhere in the large-sedan segment to build a class-leading four-door, with only a few minor quibbles.
Pontiac’s G8 sedan is a completely new vehicle that shares its underpinnings with an Australian-market car sold by General Motors as the Holden Commodore. The G8 is rear-wheel drive, and sports powerful 256-horsepower V-6 and 361-hp V-8 engines coupled to a five-speed automatic transmission. (A 402-hp version arrives next year as the 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP, and comes with an available manual transmission.)
The G8 instantly returns Pontiac to the top tier of performance-oriented big sedans. Chrysler had the category all to itself among American makes--and the G8 matches the likes of the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 on all points, with a more sophisticated look and a more refined performance package. The G8 is exceptionally roomy in front and in its rear seat, and has a large trunk. Though there’s no all-wheel-drive option, its secure and stable handling is reassuring. And its look is distinctive, though not overly aggressive. Fuel economy isn’t exactly a letdown for this type of car, but it’s not stellar.