2009 Pontiac G8 Photo
/ 10
On Styling
$7,995 - $29,998
On Styling
The G8 is a more refined alternative to the Charger, with attractive exterior curves and a handsome interior cabin.
8.0 out of 10
Browse Pontiac G8 inventory in your area.


STYLING | 8 out of 10

Expert Quotes:

“remarkably contemporary”

“won’t be mistaken for a luxury sedan”
Popular Mechanics

“discreet and tasteful look”

“assertively Pontiac”

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.


The G8 is a more refined alternative to the Charger, with attractive exterior curves and a handsome interior cabin.

« Prev: Overall Review Next: Performance »
Other Choices Read More
/ 10
TCC Rating
/ 10
TCC Rating
/ 10
TCC Rating
Used Cars
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area

How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

© 2015 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Read Our Cookie Policy.