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The G8 gives Pontiac real sport-sedan credentials and hits the mark with only minor faults. Read more »
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“remarkably contemporary”

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“won’t be mistaken for a luxury sedan”

Popular Mechanics »

“discreet and tasteful look”

Jalopnik »

“assertively Pontiac”

USAToday »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$28,250 $37,610
4-Door Sedan
Gas Mileage 17 mpg City/25 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas V6, 3.6L
EPA Class Large Sedan
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
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TheCarConnection.com’s car experts read all the competitive reviews about the new Pontiac G8 sedan to produce this conclusive review and give enthusiastic approval of the new G8. TheCarConnection.com also drove the car to provide an expert opinion on the vehicle and help you figure out the truth where other car reviews might differ.

This is the second year for the Pontiac G8 sedan. The G8 returns as a rear-wheel-drive vehicle with a five-speed transmission. Joining the V-6- and V-8-powered GT for 2009 is the new GXP. The GXP features a big, torquey 6.2-liter V-8 engine, as does the GT, but has a more extreme, sport-tuned package with a sport suspension, limited-slip differential, and added standard equipment.

Last year’s introduction of the G8 vaulted Pontiac to the top tier of performance-oriented big sedans. The G8 matches the likes of the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 on all points with a more sophisticated look and better performance. Handling, especially, is a strength for the G8; it can be hustled along twisty roads with a level of dynamic feedback and body control found in the best sport sedans from Germany. However, the G8 has no all-wheel-drive option, unlike some of the competition. Fuel economy isn’t stellar, at only 15 mpg (city) for the V-8 model.

With 256 horsepower, the V-6 model has quite acceptable performance, along with handling that’s just as sure-footed—and possibly better balanced—as the V-8 model. The only thing that’s missing is the deep thrum of the V-8.

The G8 is exceptionally roomy both in front and in the rear, while retaining a large trunk. Its look is distinctive, though not overly aggressive.

Unlike most sedans in its price range, the G8 does not offer an optional navigation system; however, almost every other luxury feature that’s expected in a sport sedan is available, including a wide range of standard features. Bluetooth hands-free connectivity is standard.


  • Attractive contours
  • Neutral handling
  • Roomy interior
  • Ample rear passenger accommodations


  • Inconveniently located controls
  • Non-optional all-wheel drive
  • Bluetooth and navigation system
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