2009 Pontiac G3 vs. Its Competition

2009 Pontiac G3

Priced at more than $14,000, the 2009 Pontiac G3 is not a good deal in our judgment.

Just considering resale value now that Pontiac is being phased out, we'd recommend a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo5 hatchback instead.

There are other solid competitors, too, including the Nissan Versa.

The Versa drives and feels most like a larger vehicle, in a positive sense, with a smooth, settled ride on the highway.

Our next recommendation would be the Honda Fit because of its sporty driving character, cavernous interior, Magic Seat arrangement, and best-in-class safety.

The Rio and Accent (mechanically related to each other) don't feel as roomy as the G3, but come across about the same as the Yaris.

The Korean pair is more fun to drive than the Aveo (and, therefore, the G3), but don't expect them to feel as refined—a positive character trait that stood out when we drove the Aveo5.

Nearly all of these vehicles get better fuel economy than the 2009 Pontiac G3—except, of course, the Aveo5 because the cars are the same.

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2008 Hyundai Accent 4-door Sedan Auto GLS Rear Exterior View2008 Hyundai Accent
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2008 Kia Rio 2008 Kia Rio
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2008 Toyota Yaris 4-door Sedan Auto S (Natl) Open Doors2008 Toyota Yaris
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Quick Specs
The 2009 Pontiac G3 is an example of the model proliferation that hurt GM for decades. It's a decent but not terrific subcompact.
The 2008 Honda Fit is one of the smallest cars on the road, but it’s fun to drive, huge inside, and a tremendous value.
The 2008 Hyundai Accent delivers econocar basics with a high-quality interior and fun handling for a great price.
The 2008 Kia Rio is a good choice among subcompacts and it’s stylish, but standard anti-lock brakes and better side-impact protection would help its case against the Honda Fit.
The 2008 Nissan Versa isn’t particularly sporty, fashionable, or innovative, but it offers an astonishing amount of space, comfort, and features for the money.
The 2008 Toyota Yaris is one of the cheapest, and cheapest to run, of all new vehicles.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Gas 4-CylinderGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas 4-cylGas I4
EPA Class     
SubcompactSmall Station WagonCompactCompactCompactSubcompact
Style Name     
5-Door HB5-Door HB Manual3-Door HB Manual GS *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan Manual4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.8 S3-Door HB Manual (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront wheel drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
5 Door Hatchback5-Door Hatchback3 Door HB Coupe4dr Sdn4 Door Sedan3 Door Hatchback
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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