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7.0
/ 10
On Quality
BASE INVOICE
$13,689
BASE MSRP
$14,335
On Quality
The 2009 Pontiac G3 features an inviting interior and a comfortable ride.
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“a solid body structure imparts an absorbent ride”
ConsumerGuide

“decent-quality materials adorned with metallic-look accents”
Edmunds

The 2009 Pontiac G3 scores well for the comfort and quality if offers at the price range in which it exists. “A solid body structure imparts an absorbent ride. Only large, sharp bumps trigger pounding through the suspension,” says ConsumerGuide.

According to AutoGuide.com, “the interior of the G3 is its strong point; it's quite spacious for its exterior size; there's room for five, with accommodations for three in back-provided they're narrow enough in shoulders and hips-thanks to elevated, 'theater' seating." ConsumerGuide agrees, saying the 2009 is “surprisingly roomy for a subcompact, though not great by absolute standards. Headroom is very good. Taller passengers will wish for more legroom, though. The seats are comfortable and supportive. Ease of entry and exit rivals that of some larger cars.”

When the spotlight shines upon what comprises the interior, Edmunds says “the five-passenger 2009 Pontiac G3 sports decent-quality materials adorned with metallic-look accents and several storage areas for small items. Climate controls are straightforward, though the stereo employs an array of buttons instead of more user-friendly knobs.” ConsumerGuide reports “the gauges are easy to read. The audio and climate controls are clearly marked, simple to operate, and mounted high for easy access. There is plenty of hard plastic, but its texturing lends impressive substance.”

“Though the G3 offers a convenient 42 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, that's nothing to write home about—and the 7.1 cubic feet available behind the rear seats won't hold more than a few bags of groceries,” remarks Edmunds. “Not much cargo room with the rear seats up. Split-folding rear seatbacks help increase space. In-cabin storage is sparse, with a meager glovebox and a few small bins," notes ConsumerGuide.

According to ConsumerGuide, noise is an intrusive element detracting from the overall experience: “Like the Chevrolet Aveo upon which it is based, G3 is not a quiet car. The engine sounds coarse and buzzy during acceleration. Wind and road noise can be intrusive, at least partially due to the G3's hatchback body style.”

Conclusion

The 2009 Pontiac G3 features an inviting interior and a comfortable ride.

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