The combination of assertive and refined styling—with a lack of gimmickry or excessive trim and brightwork—is appreciated by reviewers.
Reviewers, from mainstream consumer guides to enthusiast Web sites, approve of the 2009 Pontiac G8’s polished design. Jalopnik calls it a “discreet and tasteful look. Not really a head-turner, but sharp and far more restrained than the [Dodge] Charger.” Cars.com agrees, saying the G8 “isn't going to snap necks with its looks like the Chrysler 300 did when it debuted, but the bulging hood can't be missed when seen in the rearview mirror.”
“The look is assertively Pontiac,” says USAToday about the G8’s more dramatic elements, such as the “Drooping snout, oversize grille, red dashboard lighting, gimmicky hood scoops.”
The G8’s interior’s is attractive, described by ConsumerGuide as having an “understated cabin decor” and “surfaces finished with quality materials and tastefully textured plastics.” ConsumerGuide also notes the plentiful interior storage, down to the “useful cubby in front of the shifter.” Popular Mechanics says that although the G8’s interior is nice, the cabin “certainly won’t be mistaken for a luxury sedan.”
According to the editors of the CarConnection.com, the G8’s interior is close to flawless when comparing it to other Pontiac products but would benefit from further refinement. GM made progress by choosing appropriate textures; however, the Australian-sourced plastic surrounding the radio and climate controls isn’t the best piece ever installed in a $30,000 sedan. The fonts and digital readouts look more 1980s than 2009. Still, it’s by far the best Pontiac available and a big step up inside over the Dodge Charger—even if its exterior isn’t as sharp as the Dodge/Chrysler twins.