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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Four stars, driver-side frontal collision; five stars, passenger-side frontal collision; four stars, front and rear side collision
Four visibility is fine to the sides, but a tall rear spoiler and high deck obscure the view to the back
Curtain airbags are now standard across the range
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The 2009 Pontiac G5 affords occupants a respectable degree of protection and fares quite well in government crash tests. While the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not yet crash-tested a Pontiac G5, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has wrecked its fair share of Pontiac G5s. NHTSA has awarded the Pontiac G5 four out of five stars in most crash tests.
Aside from the strong crash-test ratings, the 2009 Pontiac G5 offers a limited list of standard and optional safety features. The base Pontiac G5 comes with "disc/drum brakes with optional ABS," according to Cars.com, also observing that "side-impact airbags are standard for all G5s," and the Pontiac G5 GT sports standard "four-wheel-disc antilock brakes." Edmunds adds "traction control is available on models equipped with ABS brakes and an automatic transmission."
New for 2009 is GM's OnStar roadside assistance and communication system.
MyRide.com notes that "viewing the outside world is easier than one might initially think," thanks in large part to the "ample rear and side windows, which when coupled with the long front side windows, allow for safe over-the-shoulder viewing" on this 2009 Pontiac.
The 2009 Pontiac G5 earned strong crash-test ratings, but ABS should be standard.