The 2009 Pontiac G3 falls far short of conveying Pontiac’s catchphrase of delivering excitement, but considering the current economic climate, the fuel-sipping compact should raise some eyebrows.
“The G3 clearly isn't in line with the brand's sport-themed rep,” says Motor Trend. “But if the G3 helps Pontiac gain sales traction in the now all-important small-car segment, the decision to bring it here could turn out to be prudent one.”
The new G3 may experience identity problems, as it can easily be mistaken for the Chevy Aveo5. According to Cars.com, “from the side, the G3 looks identical to the Aveo5, down to its chrome side vents.” Additionally, “It also gets Pontiac's ubiquitous split grille and a unique bumper fascia and fog lamps.” Motor Trend says “the G3 differentiates itself from its Aveo relative through a slightly reworked front clip featuring the Pontiac trademark dual grille.” However, “the sides and rear of the car as well as the standard spoiler above its back window are identical to those on the Chevrolet variant,” comments Motor Trend.
The G3 is more expensive than the Aveo because the G3’s interior is proprietary. “The G3 gets its very own instrument cluster that's sportier looking than the Aveo5's and comes with chrome-ringed air vents,” reports Cars.com. Motor Trend concurs: “inside the cabin, available aluminum-colored trim adorns the dash and door side panels, while chrome rings outline the air vents. A new instrument cluster with a predominant central speedometer sits behind the Pontiac-branded steering wheel.”
“The 2009 Pontiac G3 is a five-door subcompact hatchback available in a single trim level,” says Edmunds.