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TheCarConnection.com’s car experts read all the competitive reviews on the new Pontiac G8 sedan to produce this conclusive review, and to give enthusiastic approval of the new G8. TheCarConnection.com also drove the car to be able to give you an expert opinion on the vehicle, and to help you figure out the truth where other car reviews might differ.
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.