2008 Pontiac G5 vs. Its Competition

2008 Pontiac G5 2-door Coupe Open Doors
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Pontiac G5 is a near-twin of the Chevrolet Cobalt, but lacks the Chevy's optional turbocharged four-cylinder.

The Honda Civic is the class of this class: Its four-cylinder engines are flexible and rev freely, the manual transmission is a pleasure to shift, and it looks like a car from the future, not the past.

Ford's new Focus has ungainly looks but plenty of features, including the new SYNC entertainment controller.

The Scion tC reminds some of the old Toyota Celica coupes; it's squat and reasonably handsome, with a rev-happy four-cylinder engine.

2008 Pontiac G5 2-door Coupe Open Doors2008 Pontiac G5Browse Used Listings2009 Chevrolet Cobalt LS2009 Chevrolet CobaltBrowse Used Listings2009 Scion tC 2009 Scion tCBrowse Used Listings2008 Ford Focus 4-door Sedan SE Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings2004 Honda Civic 2-door Coupe EX Auto Side Exterior View2004 Honda Civic ClassicBrowse Used Listings
Quick Specs
The 2008 Pontiac G5 has the flash, but not the dash, of a red-blooded sport coupe.
The price is right for the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, yet most of its competitors offer a better overall value.
The 2009 Scion tC is more sophisticated and feature-rich than its price tag would otherwise indicate.
The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 51 MPG Hwy
Gas 4-CylGas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
Style Name    
2-Door Coupe4-Door Sedan Base2-Door HB Manual (Natl)2-Door Coupe SClassic 4-Door Sedan DX Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan3 Door Hatchback2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan
ManualManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2008 Pontiac G5 vs. 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt2008 Pontiac G5 vs. 2009 Scion tC2008 Pontiac G5 vs. 2008 Ford Focus2008 Pontiac G5 vs. 2004 Honda Civic Classic