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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Five stars, frontal driver impact and side impact; four stars, frontal passenger impact
Good," frontal offset test; "acceptable," side impact test
Four-wheel anti-lock brakes and traction control are standard
Car and Driver
The 2008 Pontiac G6 lineup offers varying degrees of crash safety, but the sedan version of the G6 holds up fairly well.
In both government and industry crash tests, the 2008 Pontiac G6 scores above average. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the federal agency responsible for issuing the government's crash-test ratings, awards the Pontiac G6 a full five stars for frontal driver impact and side impacts. They also give the 2008 Pontiac G6 four out of five stars for frontal passenger-side impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) subjected the Pontiac G6 to its own crash tests and awarded similar results. The Pontiac G6 earned the IIHS's highest rating, "good," for frontal offset impacts, and the second-highest rating of "acceptable" for side impacts.
In addition to its strong test results, this 2008 Pontiac comes with several key features that improve overall safety. Cars.com writes that "all-disc antilock brakes and traction control are now standard on all models," while "an electronic stability system is optional on GT models and standard on GXP sedans." Edmunds adds that for 2008, Pontiac offers "full-length head-curtain and front side-impact airbags" as standard.
One design aspect of the 2008 Pontiac G6 that hurts overall safety, as well as daily drivability, is driver visibility. ConsumerGuide reviewers find that "vision astern is blocked by tall headrests, to the sides and front corners by thick roof pillars" on the 2008 Pontiac G6.
Good safety ratings and middle-of-the-road safety features make the 2008 Pontiac G6 an acceptably safe family sedan.