Because the 2008 Pontiac G8 is essentially an all-new car, it carries the latest safety equipment.
Edmunds.com notes that the standard equipment on the G8 includes dual front airbags, side and curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control. GM also offers OnStar, its in-car communication network, as standard equipment. However, unlike the Ford Taurus and the Dodge Charger/Chrysler 300, Pontiac does not offer all-wheel drive in the 2008 G8, which may make the sedan a better choice for warmer climates.
While the G8 has the “expected” array of seatbelts and airbags, USAToday criticizes the vehicle because “there's no safety head restraint in the middle. GM never seems able to explain that.” It might be an upgrade to consider for the 2009 Pontiac G8.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has yet to crash-test the G8, as is the case for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).