2008 Pontiac G6 vs. Its Competition

2008 Pontiac G6 2-door Convertible GT Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The new Chevrolet Malibu--also from GM--has a more contemporary and comfortable interior, along with improved powertrain refinement, while not costing much more than the G6.

Otherwise, the 2008 Pontiac G6 doesn't compete with the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, so much as it does against the Ford Fusion and Nissan Altima.

Next to the G6, the Fusion feels sportier, with its crisp, direct steering and responsive engines, but the G6 has a more spacious backseat than either the Fusion or Altima.

The Altima stands out for its simple but very tasteful interior design and nice materials.

The Avenger could also be considered an alternative to the G6; the Dodge has a reasonably roomy interior, but its base four-cylinder engine is especially loud and coarse, and its interior appointments have a bargain-basement feel.

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Pontiac G6 has appealing styling inside and out, but it fails to wow in other respects.
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way.
The 2009 Ford Fusion is a great choice for those who place their priorities on style and handling, but if interior space matters to you, look elsewhere.
The 2008 Dodge Avenger’s styling is refreshingly different in a same-as field of sedans, but otherwise it’s behind the curve.
The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
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Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Gas 4-CylGas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
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CompactMidsizeMid-Size SedanMid-sizeMidsize
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan 1SV Value Leader4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD4-Door Sedan SE FWD *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4dr Sdn4 Door Sedan
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManualAutomaticManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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