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SAFETY | 6 out of 10
In tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Pontiac G3 scored five stars in frontal impact and four stars for side impact protection.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not tested a G3, but the comparable 2009 Chevrolet Aveo was rated just Acceptable in frontal offset and Marginal in side impact tests.
Cars.com notes that “side curtain airbags are not available" on the G3, but other safety features include “standard driver and front-passenger airbags, standard front side-impact airbags, standard tire pressure monitoring system.” Edmunds adds that “OnStar communications are standard on all G3s. Antilock brakes are an extra-cost option, and side curtain airbags—a feature increasingly common in other subcompacts—are not available.”
The 2009 Pontiac G3 doesn't offer standout features or especially good crash-test results.